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Late and Late Mac mini Performance Comparison: drearvisponohor.cf
Boiled down to its essence, the mini's brushed aluminum enclosure has a wallflower appeal that's at home in a variety of settings; a dash of modernism that should work in many environments. Much of this is due to the unit's diminutive dimensions, which remain unchanged since the mini was redesigned back in It eschews hard angles for softly curved corners, enlivened by the occasional black accent e. Users interested in purchasing the optional Apple remote for home entertainment purposes will be glad to know this unit still features an IR receiver. As much as things change, they seem to stay the same, and that's quite true of this Mac mini refresh.
Though a quick glance at its back panel might mislead consumers into believing it's business as usual, there's actually a very significant change at play here -- namely, the addition of high-speed USB 3. Last year, we criticized the company for not including a Thunderbolt dongle in the box, but that critique apparently fell on deaf ears. Similarly, Apple remains unmoved in its determination to make just one aspect of the Mac mini swappable, and that would be the unit's expandable memory.
Despite the obvious pitfalls associated with HDDs i. The rest is inaccessible unless you're the DIY type, in which case, have at it!
However, should you require monstrous amounts of RAM, the mini now supports up to 16GB -- so, there's that to smile about. Consumers with more basic computing needs can opt for the base unit with a dual-core i5 CPU and a GB hard drive. Since the model Apple shipped us for review is designated as the top-end consumer configuration -- what with its quad-core core i7 and hybrid FusionDrive -- we decided to stress it to the utmost and use it as our daily workstation. From a cold boot off the SSD, it took the system 12 seconds to reach the startup screen, which is on par with the MacBook Air last year's Sandy Bridge model, even.
What we were more keen to test out was its stamina when stressed with an Engadget editor's daily workload. On any given day, we keep roughly 10 applications running at all times e. Our jobs depend on this level of multitasking and we're pleased to say that the mini managed that processor strain with a graceful silence. In all instances but one, the unit remained relatively cool to the touch and surprisingly quiet. The only time we ever heard a peep from it was when we added Steam and Blizzard game downloads to the active processes load.
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Even then, the sound of the whirring fan barely registered above a whisper. On the gaming front, it should go without saying that Macs aren't necessarily the go-to platform for the latest and greatest studio efforts. Indeed, we've noticed incompatibility with most newer titles thanks to Apple's choice of graphics chip, but for the sake of this review we fired up Diablo III to get a sense of how the Intel HD GPU fares.
With every quality option set to high Texture, Physics, Shadow, etc. Note, we didn't have the time to engage clusters of baddies about 50 to 60 onscreen at a time to truly tap out the system, but with more than a dozen characters onscreen, we observed a frame rate that peaked around 42 fps. Benchmark testing backed up our anecdotal assessment: the machine nearly doubles the model's scores. As you can see in the table above, it yielded average overall Xbench scores of , with an average CPU score of and an average thread score of 1, In Geekbench, meanwhile, it delivered a result of 10, Don't call it an HTPC.
Not because we disagree with that moniker, but because Apple vehemently denies its applicability here. And, because it still lacks an optical drive and you know how we feel about that. Yet, regardless of what Apple says, we can't shake the feeling that this little box will inevitably make its way into users' living rooms at some point in its life cycle -- it was born this way, people. In fact, this editor couldn't resist the urge to take the mini chez lui and hook it up to a palm-sized 3M projector.
Using the easily accessible HDMI port, we had no trouble connecting the device to the projector, and mirroring the contents of our external Thunderbolt display. Post your specs and score below and I'll update the thread. If there's anything I'm missing or suggestions, please let me know.
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DL, press end turn, use a stop watch or 1 Mississippi it and report turn time. Hopefully there's still some optimization coming but it was much slower than it seemed while playing. I used the lowest res again. Turning both of them on reduced my turn time from 55 seconds to 23 seconds. Didn't notice any change in turn time with autosaves the other factor mentioned in a windows thread but I'm running on an SSD so that may be the difference.
Lab Tested: 2012 Mac mini gets a nice speed boost
Listed times below if anyone is interested and wants to post theirs also. Antialiasing off, Quick Moves on, Quick Combat on. Low Res Average: Last edited: Dec 6, Oleary , Nov 1, Great idea for a thread!
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I don't know if that makes a difference. Last edited: Nov 6, Joined: Jul 24, Messages: 4, Location: Lucerne. Siptah , Nov 1, This was in windowed mode. I think I had tweaked one of the graphics options.
With less than a week until the official launch date, benchmarks are starting to appear in Geekbench for multiple Apple devices. VentureBeat tested a somewhat base model, equipped with a quad-core 3. The results? For comparison, that beats every current generation Mac aside from the latest quad-core 4.
The Mac mini also gets a multi-core score of