The M2 Pro chipset in Apple’s new Mac mini appears to outperform Mac minis from earlier generations on Geekbench. The M1 Pro and M1 Max devices, as well as the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, were defeated by the M2 Pro Mac mini. The recently released Mac mini performed well in its initial benchmark test, scoring close to 15,000 points. Although it came with 16GB of unified memory, the new Mac mini model with an M2 processor offers much more customization out of the box because users can choose a more powerful unified RAM than was available in earlier models.
M2 Pro Mac mini scores on Geekbench
Using the new M2 Pro SoC and 16GB of shared RAM, a new Mac mini listing on Geekbench achieved 1,952 and a multi-core score of 15,013 for a configuration. Compared to the Mac mini, which used the M1 chipset, this is higher. To put things into perspective, the M1-powered mini scored 1,715 for single-core performance and 7,442 for multi-core performance on the same benchmarking website.
Furthermore, the new Mac mini’s M2 Pro chipset surpasses that of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro from the previous generation, which used the M1 Pro. The single-core and multi-core scores for these MacBook Pro models were 1,734 and 10,076 respectively.
Additionally, Apple’s own top chip, the M1 Max chipset, was defeated by the M2 Pro in the Mac mini. 12,643 multi-core scores and 1,727 single-core scores were previously recorded by the M1 Max. Accordingly, the M2 Pro outperforms the M1 Max in terms of single-core performance by a margin of 13% and multi-core performance by a margin of over 15%. Although the Geekbench benchmarking results for the 14-inch and 16-inch M2 Pro-powered MacBook Pro models have not yet been released, they are anticipated to perform similarly to the new Mac mini.
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The M2-powered Mac mini has also been tested on Geekbench and received single-core and multi-core scores of 1,951 and 9,003, respectively. These outcomes match the performance of the MacBook Air with an M2-based processor.