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Mac mini i3 vs MacBook Pro i7 or i9 2019 processor performance


macrumors 68040
Sep 8, 2003
The MBPro will obviously be faster...

For the case of the i3, agreed. I'd happily take a base 16" MBP over the i3 Mini if price wasn't a concern. If we're looking at other configs, it gets a little more complicated.

For GPU-bound tasks, the MBP will have a clear lead over a Mini, except when the Mini has an eGPU. It's no contest. But pair a Mini with a desktop GPU and it gains a clear lead over any MBP config.

For CPU-bound tasks, it's been a bit like this for me in testing: i5 Mini < i7 MBP < i7 Mini < i9 MBP, which is about on par with benchmarks. But keep in mind these gaps are surprisingly thin. The experience here is all very similar.
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