Mac mini: Preliminary Lab Tests

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The Mac mini is in the Macworld Lab, and we're continuing to test both the 1.25GHz and 1.42GHz models. We'll have a full review and Speedmark scores soon, but here's a sneak preview at our tests on the 1.25GHz model (see table below).

In short, the Mac mini generally performs like a comparable 1.25GHz eMac, with one exception: it's slowed down by the speed of its hard drive, as you can see from the results of our iMovie and Photoshop tests.

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Mac mini: Preliminary Lab Tests

Cinema4D 8.5 iMovie HD Render iTunes 4.7.1 MP3 encode Photoshop 8.0 Suite Unreal Tournament Avg. Frame Rate
Mac Mini 1.25 GHz 5:26 1:27 2:50 2:31 17.2
eMac 1.25 GHz (10.3.7) 5:28 1:05 2:53 2:14 16.4
1.6GHz iMac G5 (10.3.7) 3:25 0:45 2:04 2:06 34.7
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Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Photoshop, Cinema 4D, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.3.7. with 512MB RAM. We tested MP3 encoding with an audio-CD track that is 45 minutes long, converting it from the hard drive using iTunes' High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament's Antalus Botmatch; Average Frames Per Second score tested at a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop's memory was set to 75% and History was set to Minimum.

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