If desired, all of these things can be upgraded sometime down the line. Considering that these are the two newest desktops that Apple sells, and the Mac mini has obvious Pro overtures, I thought it would make for an interesting comparison.
The Geekbench 4 scores denote an 8, point difference between the two machines in multi-core, which is substantial, and will only rise as you configure the iMac Pro with higher core counts. And as expected, single core performs slightly better on the Core i7 inside the Mac mini, besting the Xeon by about points. Thankfully, the Mac mini is equipped with Thunderbolt 3, which allows you to bolt on a much more capable eGPU. There is an obvious difference between the two machines when looking at SSD performance.
Higher storage configurations will likely provide noticeable speed improvements. That said, any Mac mini SSD configuration is more than fast enough for most workflows, and will handle 4K video editing without breaking much of a sweat. One of the things that I most appreciate about my iMac Pro is its virtual silence under load. At time, the fans are audible, but most of the time the iMac Pro is as quiet as a mouse. The hardware features a rethought cooling system with a bigger fan and expanded vents. I opted for with the most powerful GPU that Apple recommends: The performance of the Radeon Pro WX, as you can see from the graph above, runs circles around the integrated graphics, and turns the Mac mini into a legitimate gaming and graphics-intensive workflow option.
As noted above, larger SSD build-to-order configurations cost a lot more, but yield noticeably better write performance metrics. Some people may prefer to keep their Mac mini neat and clean, with as few cables attached to it as possible. The biggest downside to the Mac mini is the price increase for the entry-level model, and how quickly the machine can balloon in price when you begin configuring build-to-order upgrades. As my very first modern Mac, the Mac mini line holds a special place in my memory. Sound off in the comments down below with your thoughts and opinion. Jeff produces videos, walkthroughs, how-tos, written tutorials and reviews.
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