Mac Mini with M2 Pro Dominates M1 Max in New Tests


The new Apple M2 chips have finally made it to desktops and laptops. In the new Geekbench estimates, they have already proven their worth.

Geekbench, a benchmark tool used all over the world, has a great feature that uploads scores to the internet. We’ve seen this happen several times before CES, when laptops started leaking through it.

Now someone has tested and downloaded the estimates of the upcoming Mac Mini with M2 Pro. The single-core results look decent, but nothing special. At the moment, it surpasses 1727 single-core M1 Max results with a clear 1952 points.

Multicore estimates

Although for some it may seem like a gradual increase, it is the multi-core performance that is really impressive. Having scored 15013 points, the M2 Pro inside the Mac Mini is ahead of the M1 Pro by 4937 points. Meanwhile, the M2 Pro may even surpass the M1 Max installed in Mac Studio and MacBook.

The differences in scores are still surprising, since M1 Max can score 12643 points in Geekbench (with 1727 points for a single core). If you want to enter the Mac ecosystem or upgrade your MacBook, it might be time to think about M2 Pro as a foundation.

The M1 Pro is what is currently used in our everyday laptop, the 14-inch MacBook. Thanks to this, we can last most of the day working with resource-intensive applications such as DaVinci Resolve. When testing the rendering from the video editor, we found that it significantly outperforms the main PC with Ryzen 2700X, RTX 2070 and 32 GB of RAM.

This, however, means that the M2 Pro inside the Mac Mini may be the best desktop PC with excellent value for money, available out of the box for content creators and the like. If it can stand up to the M1 Max and then dominate it in tests, it has already proven its worth as a new car.

Other reports say that the regular M2 chip in the Mac Mini works the same way as in the MacBook Air 2022. We suspect that the same story will be for future laptops.


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