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Primate Labs Posts 2014 Mac mini Benchmarks
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:08 PM EST
Posted by: Staff

John Poole of Primate Labs has posted a series of estimated Geekbench benchmarks for the new 2014 Mac minis. His estimated single-core performance scores for the 2014 Mac minis show an improvement of 2% to 8% over the 2012 Mac mini. Multi-core performance scores, on the other hand, are down significantly. We're talking down 70% to 80% over a 2012 Mac mini with a quad-core processor. That's disappointing to say the least, but not totally unexpected.

Unlike single-core performance multi-core performance has decreased significantly. The "Good" model (which has a dual-core processor in both lineups) is down 7%. The other models (which have a dual-core processor in the "Late 2014" lineup but a quad-core processor in the "Late 2012" lineup) is down from 70% to 80%.

So you might be asking yourself, with that kind of drop in performance, why isn't there a quad-core option with one of the new models? Mr. Poole goes on to speculate that Apple was probably unwilling to produce two logic boards for the new 2014 Mac minis. The previous generation 2012 Mac minis with Ivy Bridge could use the same socket for both dual-core and quad-core processors. Therefore, they could use same logic board. With Haswell, a different socket on the logic board is required for either dual-core or quad-core processors. That means Apple would have needed to go with quad-core processors across the line, but it would have been harder for them to hit the $499 price point.

He recommends if you're looking for great multi-core performance, track down a 2012 Mac mini. Otherwise, the improved Iris graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and improved single-core performance make the 2014 Mac minis worth considering. Rounding out that picture, we would also mention the additions of Thunderbolt 2 and PCIe-based storage options.



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