Tested with the M2 Pro, the Apple Mac mini enters another galaxy

Tested with the M2 Pro, the Apple Mac mini enters another galaxy

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The Mac Mini M2 Pro made available to us by Apple is equipped with the SoC Silicon M2 Pro in its version which has 12 CPU cores and 19 GPU cores, an option billed at €345 as the base configuration equipped with M2 Pro with 10 CPU Hai core and 16 GPU cores.

The Mac mini 2023 and its M2 Pro (12/19) get a performance index of 168. The gain compared to the Mac mini M1 is substantial, +86% (90), and enough to create a range effect with the Mac mini M2. who gets an index of 120 (+40%). Obviously, this won’t work on the Mac Studio’s flower beds, which, with its M1 Ultra, is some 20% more efficient (202) than our Mac Mini M2 Pro (12/19).

To find equivalents for x86 processors in Intel and AMD, you’ll need to turn to the Intel Core i7-12700H in the Lenovo Legion 7 Pro ($189) or the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS in the Corsair Voyager a1600 ($145). ,

The 12 CPU cores are also assisted by 19 GPU cores, which work wonders with 3D and video rendering applications. Thus, our Blender scene is completed in 8 min 38 sec without using any GPU core. By activating Metal, this count increases to 3 minutes 33 seconds, saving 59% of the time. Just like that, in Photoshop, our filter application goes from 1 minute 22 seconds to 15 seconds!

As usual on the Apple M platform, we couldn’t resist the urge to launch the game shadow of the tomb raider, On our Full HD screen with the Very High preset, the Mac mini M2 Pro achieved an average of 62 fps, which is well above the 23 fps achieved by the Mac mini M2.

A word about the 2TB SSD in our model; It smoothly reaches 5.5Gb/s in read and 4.9Gb/s in write.

Once we measured the consumption of the Mac mini M2 Pro:

  • Passive: 3W
  • Apple TV+ Video Playback: 4W
  • Play shadow of the tomb raider : 49 W
  • Play subway getaway : 59 W
  • Blender Metal: 31W
  • Cinebench R23: 50W
  • Blender Metal + Cinebench R23: 83W

The power consumption of the Mac Mini M2 Pro is therefore particularly low, regardless of the scenario. For comparison, a Lenovo Legion 5 with Ryzen 5 5600H and RTX 3060 consumes 34 W at idle (with its screen on), 110 W in encoding, and 160 W in game.