Mac mini M1 real-world Benchmark and performance results Late 2020

Mac mini M1

Mac mini M1 is Apple’s latest macOS based desktop computer with the first generation Apple Silicon M1 chip.

M1 is Apple’s custom made SoC that will be replacing the Intel-based processors in the upcoming Macs.

Apple has designed the M1 Chip to include the CPU, GPU, and the RAM in a single chip to maintain power efficiency and deliver top-notch performance.

Apple released the Mac mini M1 yesterday, and since then, everyone has been eagerly waiting to see the benchmark score and the performance results of the desktop computer.

The main reason for this is that it is the first time Apple releases its own SoC for a Mac by replacing Intel, just like using their processors for all their other devices.

Apple has made some severe claims during the one more thing launch event that the M1 chip is 3-5 times faster in terms of performance, graphics, and other daily usages than Macs’ previous generation.

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So, to finally test whether Apple claims match the real-world results, we put our new Mac mini M1 2020 device to the Geekbench 5 benchmark tests.

Geekbench 5 for Mac previously only used to have tests designed for the Intel-based Macs. It has recently been updated with tests explicitly designed for the Apple Silicon chip to get the most accurate benchmark results as possible.

Here is how the Mac mini M1 2020 performed in the Geekbench 5 Benchmark tests explicitly designed for the Apple M1 Silicon-based processor.

Mac mini M1 real-world Benchmark and performance results Late 2020

The Geekbench 5 Benchmark tests revealed that the Single-Core score for the Mac mini M1 is 1747 and the Multi-core score is 7474.

The results were for the Mac mini with 8GB RAM and the 8-core processor running macOS 11.0 Big Sur latest version.

The benchmark tests analyzed various real-world scenarios that the Mac mini M1 would be used for, including Image compression, Text, video rendering, HDR image reading, video playback, speech recognition, camera performance, and Machine learning for both single-core and multi-core processors.

You can check the full test results with scores for every scenario and process tested in this link.

According to the benchmark charts for Mac devices in Geekbench 5, the Mac mini M1 along with the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air M1 devices announced with it, are all having the fastest single-core performance than any other Mac enabled devices, including the iMac and the Mac Pro released in 2020 and 2019.

Mac mini M1

This kind of performance is awe-inspiring, mainly because this is Apple’s first attempt at making their processor for a Mac.

While there are still some concerns regarding App compatibility and availability of popular apps for the M1 based Mac devices, the future is looking promising as many app developers have either already released M1 compatible apps or are working on it.

Until then, you can still run most of the x86 based apps on your silicon-based Mac devices, including the Mac mini, with the help of Rosetta 2.

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Mac mini M1 2020 thoughts

What do you think about the benchmark results for the Mac mini M1 2020?

Are you shocked, or did you expect it to be this fast to match Apple’s claims at the launch event?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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