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Macworld Benchmarks New Mac Minis
Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 2:21 AM EST
Posted by: Kenan

Macworld has posted benchmarks of the new Mac minis introduced last week. They ran the new 2.53GHz and 2.26GHz models through a series of 17 different tests, comparing them to each other, and with a 2.0GHz Mac mini from early this year. Macworld said the results of these tests showed the new Mac minis to be "impressively" faster. They also threw a 1.83GHz Mac mini from 2007 into the testing mix. The new 2.53GHz Mac mini was shown to be up to 36 percent faster than this model.

With its considerably faster 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM, it's no surprise that the new $799 Mac mini was noticeably faster in our tests. When looking at the time it took to run through all 17 of our timed tests, the new $799 model was 10 percent faster than the $599 2.26GHz Mac mini. Once we configured the 2.26GHz Mac mini with 4GB of RAM instead of the stock 2GB, we saw that performance benefit of the 2.56GHz Mac mini shrink to about 7.4 percent. The 2.53GHz Mac mini was about 9 percent faster in our Photoshop CS4 tests suite than the standard configuration 2.26GHz Mac mini, though adding that additional 2GB of RAM to the $599 model closed the performance gap to around 6 percent. The $799 model was 11 percent faster in our Cinebench test and 28 percent faster in our iPhoto import test, though, again, a significant part of that performance difference was eliminated when we added the memory to the $599 system.

The crew over at Macworld also said to check back next week for a full review of the new Mac minis. They'll also be unveiling their new Speedmark 6 test suite at the same time, so we'll keep you posted.

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