Hands-on experience with the new M2 Pro Mac Mini

Hands-on experience with the new M2 Pro Mac Mini

The new M2 series MacBook Pro and Mac mini models were released today, marking the debut of the first M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips. We have a ‌M2‌ Pro ‌Mac mini‌ and decided to take a look at the machine and run a series of tests to see how it fits into Apple’s lineup.

The base “Mac mini” comes with an “M2” or “M2” Pro chip, and like Intel’s now discontinued model, the “M2” Pro has four Thunderbolt 4 ports, while the “M2” version has only two. Apart from this difference, the two “Mac mini” models are identical in appearance: they offer two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Because Apple switched from an old Intel chip to an Apple silicon chip with the high-end “M2” Pro “Mac mini”, we can’t make a direct comparison. Other M-series chips have already outperformed Intel’s ‌Mac mini‌ of the previous generation, but to give some insight, we thought we’d share some benchmarks comparing the ‌M2‌ Pro ‌Mac mini‌ with the M1 Max MacBook Pro.

The “M1 Max” MacBook Pro features a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, while the higher-end base “Mac mini” with the “M2” Pro chip features a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU.

Here are the results of our tests:

Speedometer (web responsive)

  • M2 Pro Mac Mini – 383
  • M1 Max MacBook – 319

Cinebench

M2 Pro Mac Mini:

  • Multi-core – 11696
  • Single core – 1642

M1 Max MacBook Pro:

  • Multi-core – 12240
  • Single core – 1528

Geekbench

M2 Pro Mac mini:

  • Single core – 1886
  • Multi-core 11862
  • OpenCL-38712
  • Metal – 45831

M1 Max MacBook Pro:

  • Single core – 1787
  • Multi-core – 12721
  • OpenCL-55866
  • Metal – 67403

Clearly, the ‌M1 Max‌ outperforms the ‌M2‌ Pro when it comes to GPU because it has twice the number of GPU cores, but the performance is not doubled. The ‌M2‌ Pro ‌Mac mini‌ is closer in performance to the ‌M1 Max‌ than you might expect.

The ‌M2‌ Pro ‌Mac mini‌ starts at $1,299, which is a solid price for the performance it delivers. If you’re looking for an inexpensive desktop computer that can still be used for video editing, 3D rendering, and similar tasks, it’s worth considering. Be sure to check out our video above to see our full test suite, and we’ll have an “M2” Max MacBook Pro video tomorrow.

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