Mac mini on the Apple M1 processor compared to Mac Pro

Mac mini on the Apple M1 processor compared to Mac Pro
On November 10, 2020, Apple introduced the first computers with a proprietary ARM processor, including the new Mac mini desktop compact computer. Real device tests have only started to appear now. So, the blogger compared the Mac mini with the Mac Pro-the new product was no worse than a more expensive computer.

As a rival to the Mac mini, Michael Tobin, a blogger and author of the YouTube channel of the same name, took his Mac Pro with an eight-core processor, 16 GB of RAM and Radeon Pro 580X and Radeon Pro W5700X video cards. First, he tested the speed of both computers ' solid-state drives. The winner was the Mac mini. In the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, the new model showed the following results: 2705 MB/s for reading and 2389 MB/s for writing. Last year's Mac Pro: 1210 MB / s for reading and 2554 MB / s for writing.

Next came the tests for rendering 4K video. The new Mac mini was able to export a video project with color correction in DaVinci Resolve in 39 minutes, and the Mac Pro in 26 minutes. The time difference was 13 minutes, while the difference between the price of computers is approximately 8 thousand dollars. After that, the author launched Photoshop on both computers. It is worth noting that in the case of the Mac mini, it was not an ARM-optimized version, but a classic one made for the x86 architecture. Despite this, thanks to the Rosetta 2 emulation algorithm, the Mac mini managed both rendering and Photoshop without any problems or freezes.

In the end, the blogger decided to arrange a kind of stress test for both devices. In addition to Photoshop and video rendering in the background, a browser and 4K videos on YouTube were opened. Under these conditions, the Mac mini rendered the video project in 46 minutes, and the Mac Pro was able to meet in 39 minutes.

At the end of the video, Michael Tobin said that the new Mac mini is suitable for novice video content creators, since the device copes with complex tasks well relative to its price. But, unfortunately, when playing videos in 8K resolution, the Mac mini started to slow down.
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