M1-based Mac Mini: 3x faster and $ 100 cheaper than Intel-powered Mac Mini

At today's final fall presentation, Apple unexpectedly unveiled an updated

the Mac Mini desktop, the previous model of which debuted 2 years ago.

What changed

Unlike its predecessor with Intel processorsCore 8th generation, the new Mac Mini uses Apple's proprietary M1 chip, just like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. Thanks to this, the processor is 3 times faster than its predecessor, and the graphics core is 6 times faster, the performance of machine learning has increased 15 times. All in all, the Mini is 5x faster than the "best-selling PC", but of course Apple hasn't specified a specific model.


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However, the company said the computer can be used by programmers, game developers, music and video editors. Mac Mini is a professional tool, not just an office computer.


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In addition, the Mac Mini has an activecooling and a decent set of connectors: two USB-C ports for USB 4 and Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps), two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports (up to 10 Gbps), a Gigabit Ethernet port (there is also Wi-Fi 6 if no mains cable nearby), HDMI 2.0 for 4K / 60Hz output and DisplayPort (via USB-C) for a single 6K / 60Hz monitor.

The novelty also received up to 16 GB of RAM and a solid state drive with a capacity of up to 2 TB.


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Price

The M1 based Mac Mini is already available for pre-order,and sales start next week. For the basic version with 8/256 GB, they ask for $ 700, that is, $ 100 cheaper than its predecessor. A Mac Mini with an Intel processor - six-core Core i5 at a price of $ 1100 will also be on sale for some time.


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