Benchmark scores for Apple’s new Mac Mini with the M2 and M2 Pro chips show that they are much faster than the last-gen Mac Mini and MacBook Pros.
Benchmark scores for Apple‘s new Mac Mini with the M2 and M2 Pro chips show that they are significantly faster than the last-gen Mac Mini and MacBook Pros with the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. Apple announced its new MacBook Pros and refreshed Mac Mini powered by the latest Apple Silicon this month. Before the launch of the upgraded lineup, Apple offered an Intel-powered Mac Mini along with the M1-powered models, but the Intel variant has now been discontinued for good.
Both the M2 and M2 Pro variants of the latest Mac Mini have been listed on Geekbench, revealing dramatic performance gains over their M1 and M1 Pro-powered predecessors. The base M2 Mac Mini recorded a single-core score of 1,951 and a multi-core score of 9,003. That’s significantly higher than the M1-powered Mac mini and its scores of 1,651 and 5,181 points on the single-core and multi-core benchmarks, respectively.
Mac mini Benchmark Scores
Meanwhile, the M2 Pro Mac mini notched up a single-core score of 1,952 and a multi-core score of 15,013. These are both higher than the numbers of the M1 Pro-powered 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which managed to get a single-core score of 1,734 and a multi-core score of 10,076. The M2 Pro seems to not only outperform the M1 Pro, but also manages to outscore the M1 Max processors. As detailed by MacRumors, the M1 Max racked up 1,727 points in the single-core benchmark and 12,643 points in the multi-core test, which are still lower than the scores achieved by the M2 Pro.
Granted, the M2 Pro scores are only available from the new Mac Mini, while the M1 Pro and M1 Max scores are for the last-gen MacBook Pros. However, since the chip itself is the same, the actual scores are unlikely to differ that much. Still, it would be good to get the benchmark scores for the new MacBook Pros to make a more apples-to-apples comparison.
The M2 Pro-powered Mac Mini has two versions with different CPU and GPU configurations. The base M2 Pro variant comes with a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU, while the higher-end version has a 12-core CPU and a 19-core GPU. The benchmark scores here are for the higher-end variant with the 12-core CPU, likely causing the noticeable performance boost. Either way, the Geekbench scores suggest that devices powered by the M2 Pro will be pretty fast for most purposes, but it is still important to take synthetic scores with a pinch of salt until corroborated by real-life performance testing.