This is not a world-shattering difference and you will not feel any of it in everyday life, but expressed in concrete figures, the 0.16 GHz is less noticeable. With a core of 1682, the Mac mini achieves the concentrated multicore performance at 7097. For comparison: The MacBook Air 13 “is around 7400 meters.
Old top model vs. new entry-level model
It should come as no surprise, however, that the new Mac mini is a much faster product than before. Even those who do not believe Apple’s marketing claims could get a good impression from the first benchmarks of the MacBook Air. If you spent 1,461.25 euros in the Apple Online Store for the version with eight processor cores and 512 GB SSD, this results in a maximum of 6778 points in Geekbench. For a significantly lower price (778.85 euros for 256 GB or 1,003.05 euros for 512 GB SSD), the M1-based Mac mini already offers 300 points more computing power – and is likely to stand out even more graphically.
Old vs. new entry-level model
Finally, a comparison between the old and the new entry-level model. To use Apple’s original prices without currency conversion: $ 799 (old) is compared to $ 699 for the M1-based Mac mini. If you bought the basic version, the four cores of the Core i3 deliver a maximum 3400 points Total output – so almost exactly half. Apple’s product description promises “up to 3x more” performance, but “up to” values should generally be treated with caution. The fact that Geekbench determines a doubling can already be considered an impressive increase in view of the price reduction.
Summary: metrics of multicore performance:
- 7400: MacBook Air with M1
- 7100: Mac mini with M1
- 6800: Mac mini with Core i9 and 8 cores
- 3400: Mac mini with Core i3 and 4 cores