DESKTOP REVIEWS Apple Mac Mini (2019) Review

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Mac mini

Re-engineered in no small way.
Why get anything bigger? The new Mac Mini is all the desktop you need

New eighth-generation 6‑core and quad‑core processors

Faster 2666MHz DDR4 memory now upgradable to 64GB

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI 2.0, and available 10Gb Ethernet

Blazing-fast all-flash storage with up to 2TB SSD

Processors

Part racehorse. All workhorse.

In addition to being a great desktop computer, Mac mini powers everything from home automation to giant render farms. And now with eighth-generation Intel quad-core and 6-core processors and Intel UHD Graphics 630, Mac mini has even more compute power for industrial-grade tasks. So whether you’re running a live concert sound engine or testing your latest iOS app, Mac mini is the shortest distance between a great idea and a great result.Up to5Xfaster processor performance1Up to6-coreIntel Core i5 or i7 processorUp to60%faster Intel integrated graphics2Up to4.6GHzTurbo Boost

Cool story.

Packing this much power into the same enclosure required an all-new thermal architecture — including all-flash storage, a bigger fan, expanded vents, and a redesigned power supply.Replay70%more MSP (maximum sustained power)2Xincreased airflow

Memory

Climb in. Geek out.

Mac mini features high-performance 2666MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM memory for faster rendering, working with massive files, or running multiple virtual machines. And now you can configure even more memory — up to 64GB — to run even heavier workloads.Up to7.8Xfaster than 16GB3Up to64GB2666MHz
DDR4 memory

Storage

Haul apps.

Mac mini now includes all-flash PCIe-based storage, with up to four times the read speeds of previous flash options. So you can load giant files and launch apps faster than ever — and with the available 2TB SSD, you’ll have twice the space for all of them.Up to2TBSSD storageUp to4Xfaster read speed4Up to3.4GB/ssequential read speed

Apple T2 Security Chip

Next-generation security.

Mac mini features the Apple T2 Security Chip — second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make Mac mini even more secure. The T2 Security Chip consolidates several controllers into one, and includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.

View the Apple T2 Security Chip White Paper (PDF)

  • Consolidated controllers
  • Secure boot capability
  • Secure Enclave coprocessor
  • Encrypted storage capability

Strength in numbers.

Mac mini is optimized for performance across the board. Here’s how it compares to the previous generation.

2.2X faster build time5

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.4X faster build time
using Xcode6

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.2X faster processing of
well-threaded filters7

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.3X faster ML-based
image repair8

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.7X faster image render9

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)5.3X faster Arnold render1

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)30X faster 8-bit
HEVC export10

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.6X faster REDCODE RAW
3:1 export to ProRes 42211

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)5.4X higher Alchemy
track count12

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)4.6X higher Amp Designer
track count13

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)6.6X higher Kontakt 8Dio
channel strip count14

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)3.9X higher Sculpture
channel strip count15

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)60% faster game
performance2

with6-core Mac mini

compared toDual-core Mac mini (Baseline)

Connections and Expansion

I/O, I/O, it’s off to work you go.

With a variety of ports, Mac mini is ready for a variety of workflow configurations. Thunderbolt 3 is our most powerful and versatile port ever — and Mac mini has four of them. The new HDMI 2.0 port delivers more bandwidth than its predecessor, so you can enjoy faster frame rates. And now Mac mini can be configured with 10Gb Ethernet so it’s ready to move mountainous files and monstrous data up to 10 times faster.EthernetThunderbolt 3 
(USB-C)HDMI 2.0USB 33.5 mm 
headphone jack

Thunderbolt 3 gives you some seriously productive possibilities. Transfer data at up to 40Gb/s. Charge and power external devices. Connect up to two 4K displays — and even a third with HDMI 2.0 — or one 5K display. Or pair Mac mini with an eGPU for desktop-class graphics performance. Learn more

Thunderbolt 3

Transfer data 
up to 40Gb/s

Charge and provide power from any port

Connect 
with eGPU

Run up to two 
4K displays

Versatility

To the desktop. And beyond.

Because of its size, performance, and wide array of ports, Mac mini goes where no Mac has gone before. And now with even more cores packed into its 7.7-inch-square frame, you never know where you’ll find a Mac mini — or dozens of them — hard at work.

With up to 6-core processors and faster 2666MHz memory, Mac mini is ideal for batching out massive Xcode builds or rendering and encoding video.

Up to six CPU cores and superfast I/O make Mac mini the perfect Xcode companion to build your apps at top speed while running automated tests in the background.

With its lightning-quick SSD, ripping-fast performance, and small footprint, Mac mini becomes a live musical instrument with MainStage on some of the world’s largest concert tours.

From jaw-dropping performance art to giant immersive digital billboards, Mac mini drives some of the biggest and brightest digital displays with its powerful processors, high-performance memory, and fast, versatile I/O.

macOS Mojave

Simply powerful.

Featuring Dark Mode, new pro-inspired features, three new apps, and a redesigned Mac App Store.

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  1. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Autodesk Maya 2018 tested using a 144.8MB scene. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and Intel UHD Graphics 630, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and Intel Iris graphics. Tested with Rise of the Tomb Raider v1.0.5 using the built-in benchmark, at 1024×768 resolution, with lowest settings and Vsync disabled. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Adobe Photoshop 19.1.6 tested using a 10GB file and rotate, unsharp mask, auto color, and scale functions. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested with FIO 3.8, 1024KB request size, 150GB test file and IO depth=8. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  5. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested with Xcode version 10.0 (10A255), with the Solar System sample application demonstrated at WWDC 2018. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested with Xcode version 10.0 (10A255). Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  7. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Adobe Photoshop 19.1.6 tested using the crystallize, pointillize, radial blur, shape blur, dust & scratches, and median filters. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  8. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Pixelmator Pro 1.1.5 tested using a 54.6MB image. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  9. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. KeyShot 8 Version 8.0.247 tested with coustics.bip demo scene, at 3840×3840 resolution, with 12 quality samples. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  10. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested with prerelease Compressor, using a 60-second project with Apple ProRes 4444 video at 4096×2160 resolution and 23.98 frames per second. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  11. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested with prerelease Final Cut Pro and plugins from RED Apple Workflow Installer v13, using a 50-second project with REDCODE® RAW 3:1 video, at 4096×2160 resolution and 23.98 frames per second. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  12. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested using Logic Pro X 10.4.2 with project consisting of 85 Alchemy synthesizer tracks. Individual tracks were enabled during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  13. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested using Logic Pro X 10.4.2 with project consisting of 253 tracks, created with Amp Designer plug-in. Individual tracks were enabled during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  14. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested using MainStage 3.4.0 playing a Concert with one Kontakt instance using 8Dio’s Intimate Strings library. Individual channel strips were duplicated during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
  15. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Tested using MainStage 3.4.0 with a Concert playing Sculpture synthesizer instruments. Individual channel strips were duplicated during playback until CPU became overloaded. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
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