Apple’s M1 Chip in $700 Mac mini outperforms $3000 Intel MacBook Pro

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During yesterdays “One More Thing” event, Apple announced their first processor for the Mac lineup, and made several claims about their performance and how they far exceed Intel based Macs, but they were not exactly clear as to what they were comparing them to. Well, tonight Geekbench scores for the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro have come out, and the results are insane.

Below all are all of the Macs Geekbench scores, and I will be comparing them all to the $2,999 USD MacBook Pro featuring a 2.4 Ghz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

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Mac mini

As the least expensive Mac in the new M1 lineup, the new Mac mini is the most impressive of the lot. Starting at $699 USD, the Mac mini features the new M1 chip, 8GB unified memory, and a 256GB SSD. However, in this Geekbench, the Mac mini used has 16GB of unified memory. In the Single-Core score, the Mac mini exceeds the $2999 USD 16″ MacBook Pro by over 500 points, and exceeds the Multi-Core score by over 300 points. It is important to note that even though the Mac mini is exceeding the 16″ MacBook Pro in raw CPU power, the 16″ MacBook Pro would likely offer better performance in other areas such as the GPU due to the 16″ MacBook Pro having a discreet GPU versus the integrated of the Mac mini.

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MacBook Air

As the least expensive MacBook in the new M1 lineup, the new MacBook Air is equally as impressive as the new M1 Mac mini. Starting at $999 USD, the Mac mini features the new M1 chip, 8GB unified memory, and a 256GB SSD. In the Single-Core score, the MacBook Air exceeds the $2999 USD 16″ MacBook Pro by over 500 points, and exceeds the Multi-Core score by nearly 700 points. The same stipulations apply to the MacBook Air as they due the Mac mini when compared to the 16″ MacBook Pro, due to the fact that the 16″ MacBook Pro has a discreet GPU versus the integrated of the M1 MacBook Air.

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MacBook Pro

This is the most interesting of the new M1 Mac lineup. The new 13″ MacBook Pro is the most expensive Mac in the M1 lineup, it starts at $1,299, and features the M1 processor, 8GB unified memory (configurable to 16GB), and a 256GB SSD. The MacBook Pro used for this Geekbench has 16GB of unified memory. The M1 MacBook Pro exceeded the $2999 16″ MacBook Pro by 571 in Single-Core tests, and it also exceeded both the Single-Core scores of the M1 Mac mini and the M1 MacBook Air. However, it was very close to the 16″ MacBook Pro in Multi-Core performance, with less than a 100 point difference, and was had the worst Multi-Core performance of all of the new M1 Macs.

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Based on the raw Geekbench data, the Apple M1 processor far exceeds any expectations, and should have Intel and AMD worried about their future in computing. With the price to purchase a Mac at the lowest it has ever been, it becomes an obvious choice for many families around the world and may lead to an increase in market share for macOS versus Windows. All of the new M1 Macs are now available for purchase on Apple.com, and will begin shipping next week.

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In 2006, with his first ever Apple purchase of an iPod Nano, sparked his curiosity and love for the revolutionary company. Flash forward 14 years, Zach is a 27 year old Ohio native who traveled across country to live in Sin City where he is an active Apple enthusiast and tech connoisseur. It is his passion to know and learn everything Apple and be part of the lifestyle that is to think different. With the eye for design, the passion for writing, and the knowledge of all that is Apple - he is making his mark on all that is possible.