This is how the new Mac mini with Apple Silicon remains compared to the previous model with Intel

Apple has revamped the Mac mini with its own M1 processor. With the entry of this computer into the Apple Silicon family, the changes are important, both in performance and in software possibilities. Let’s see how the new Mac mini with M1 compare to the Intel processor.

Comparison of the Mac mini with M1 vs Mac mini with Intel

M1

Intel

Finish

Silver

Space gray

Chip

Apple M1

3GHz 6-core Intel Core i5

3.2GHz six-core Intel Core i7

Memory

8 or 16GB

8, 16, 32 or 64GB

Storage

256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB

512GB, 1TB or 2TB

Ports

Two Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 ports

Two USB-A ports

Gigabit Ethernet port

3.5mm headphone jack

Four Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 ports

Two USB-A ports

Gigabit Ethernet port 3.5mm headphone jack

Connections

Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.0

1 or 10Gb / s Ethernet

Wi-Fi 5

Bluetooth 5.0

1 or 10Gb / s Ethernet

Monitors

Up to two monitors:

One 6K 60Hz monitor over Thunderbolt
A 4K monitor at 60Hz via HDMI

Up to three monitors:

Two monitors 4,096 by 2,304 resolution at 60 Hz by Thunderbolt

A monitor with 4,096 by 2,160 resolution at 60 Hz via HDMI 2.0

Or two monitors:

One 5,120 by 2,880 monitor @ 60Hz by Thunderbolt
A 4,096 by 2,160 monitor at 60 Hz over HDMI

Dimensions and weight

Height: 3.6 cm

Width: 19.7 cm

Depth: 19.7 cm

Weight: 1.2 kg

Height: 3.6 cm

Width: 19.7 cm

Depth: 19.7 cm

Weight: 1.3 kg

Price

From 799 euros

From 1259 euros

Connectivity, RAM, storage and GPU

The size and design of both computers is identical. The only difference that we will appreciate in the external aspect is the reduction from four to two in the USB C ports. Beyond the external aspect and a somewhat lower weight, the real magic happens inside. Thanks to the M1 chip, the new Mac is up to three times faster than the old one in terms of processor, up to six times faster on GPU issues and a staggering 15 times faster on Machine Learning.

Some values ​​that, if we accompany them with a 60% higher energy efficiency, begin to surprise. In addition, this new Mac gains Wi-Fi 6, ideal so that we can get all the performance of that new router that we already have or are going to have in a couple of years. The support of the Apple Pro Display XDR screen, unique in the model with M1, is also an attractive option for photography professionals, who without needing a Mac Pro, need a large screen.

Beyond the numbers, the M1’s design, with its unified memory, can escape the usual comparisons.

In terms of RAM the current model comes with 8GB that we can extend to 16GB. With the previous one, the one from Intel, we had the option of going to 32 or 64GB. It must be said that the memory management that the M1 will do should not make us long for the 64GB option in most cases. Especially if you look at what Apple has called unified memory, so the performance will be huge.

At the graphic level, the previous Mac mini used an Intel UHD Graphics 630, while the current one uses Apple’s own GPU included in the M1’s SoC. As we have seen, the performance is up to six times higher, although we will have to wait for the first units to arrive to run all the tests and have a clearer idea.

Regarding the internet connection, the new Mac mini offers the option to switch from the Gigabit Ethernet that comes from the start to a 10Gb / s Ethernet, ideal for using a NAS to, for example, edit video. Last but not least, Apple has lowered the price of this new Mac mini between 130 and 150 euros depending on the configuration. A change that, without a doubt, we will all appreciate.

It is clear that comparing a Mac with ARM technology, with an Apple-designed processor, and a Mac with X86, with an Intel processor, is like comparing pears and apples. Of course issues like internet connection or storage do allow for direct comparison, but GPU, CPU, and RAM are another issue. We’ll have more details when the first units arrive next week, but one thing is clear: Mac minis with M1s are ready to wow us.

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