Mac Mini 2018 Core i7 disappointing geekbench scores.

Hessel89

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So I just got my 2018 Core i7 BTO Mac with 32 GBs of RAM and I'm doing some tests using geekbench. According to the result browser my exact configuration should be hitting around 28000 points but I'm only getting around 24000 points which progressively keep getting lower as I run more rounds. My Core i5 Mini had more consistent scores so my i7 model seems to be thermal throttling.
Am I expecting too much out of this machine or would this indicate that there is something wrong with my mini?
 
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Sarpanch

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So I just got my 2018 Core i7 BTO Mac with 32 GBs of RAM and I'm doing some tests using geekbench. According to the result browser my exact configuration should be hitting around 28000 points but I'm only getting around 24000 points which progressively keep getting lower as I run more rounds. My Core i5 Mini had more consistent scores so my i7 model seems to be thermal throttling.
Am I expecting too much out of this machine or would this indicate that there is something wrong with my mini?
The performance difference of i5 and i7 has been well documented on this forum with some practical video encoding benchmark tests and some synthetic tests like Cinebench/Geekbench.

As you have just gotten your Mini, give it some time to finish it’s Spotlight caching and other background processes. You can then run the performance tests again and if you find it substantially slower than what others have shared, you can simply return within the 14 day and rebuy.

This thread has good info on i5 and i7 Performance.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/i5-or-i7.2153452/page-7
 

Hessel89

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The performance difference of i5 and i7 has been well documented on this forum with some practical video encoding benchmark tests and some synthetic tests like Cinebench/Geekbench.

As you have just gotten your Mini, give it some time to finish it’s Spotlight caching and other background processes. You can then run the performance tests again and if you find it substantially slower than what others have shared, you can simply return within the 14 day and rebuy.

This thread has good info on i5 and i7 Performance.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/i5-or-i7.2153452/page-7
It's already done caching for spotlight and analyzing the iPhoto library.

getting around 26000 points right now which is still substandard.
 

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madrag

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Mind you that with a fresh OS I had an higher geekbench result, now I get a bit lower.

I agree with Dr. Stealth, 26000 (in your screnshot 26604) is not substandard, although I got 26741 with the same RAM as the OP.

I recommend doing a restart and re-testing, that's what I always do to guarantee the same conditions for each new round of tests.
 
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Mind you that with a fresh OS I had an higher geekbench result, now I get a bit lower.

I agree with Dr. Stealth, 26000 (in your screnshot 26604) is not substandard, although I got 26741 with the same RAM as the OP.

I recommend doing a restart and re-testing, that's what I always do to guarantee the same conditions for each new round of tests.
[doublepost=1552186603][/doublepost]i get that with my Mac Pro 5,1 and its 8 years old, using a 3.06 CPU X2 and i took a cloned operating system i was running on the old Mac Pro 3,1 for three years and put it on my 5,1 to get the geek score of 26688
 
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drolson

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The new Mac Mini has HALF the cores of your 5,1...
a single CPU 6 Core Mac Pro 5,1??

ok sorry! your right, thats ok I will just have to use the old Mac Pro 5,1 12 core then that gets 26658 multi core score, it only cost me $267 and at least it has 64GB of Ram and a GPU that i can use for something
 
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a single CPU 6 Core Mac Pro 5,1??
You will NOT get anywhere near a 26000 multi-core score in Geekbench with a single 6-core 5,1. The best CPU you can put in those is a X5690, and a single one will score around 15000. 26000 will come from a pair of either X5680s or X5690s (12-total cores, 24 threads).

While it is impressive that the 10 year old 5,1 can still perform at the level of most of today's new computers, you have to give credit to the Mini that can hit the same benchmarks with only half the cores that it takes the old cheesegrater to get there.
 
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What’s disappointing about the 2018 Mac Mini? The relative comparison of high end spec performance? Okay, that can be topped by dollar and performance in a variety of ways. With a 12 thread cpu, 32GB ram, and 4 thunderbolt ports, matched with the long life of an Apple product, I’m good for a few years +. Eventually i’ll improve on the the stock thermal paste, add an external NVMe drive, and if desired an eGPU. Software and how it’s applied rules over hardware specs.
 
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