What’s up! Stas with you again! Late last year, Apple introduced the MacBook Air with a Retina display, but most importantly, the company updated
its “entrance ticket” to the macOS system, releasing specifically Mac mini (with current hardware for today). Is this really a good thing? Or is it just another garbage for a lot of money? Today we have to figure it out. Believe me, the question is not so simple … Let’s see what we have here, it should be noted that almost nothing comes with the Mac mini: just the Mac mini itself and the cord from it, but we have a portable monitor that connects via USB Type-C and does not require additional power as well as Apple’s proprietary keyboard and trackpad. Please note that they are all in the same color Space Gray. Let me remind you that the previous generation Mac mini was Silver. Keyboard and trackpad is purchased separately, and they cost a lot of money. Apple promised us increased productivity. new multifunction ports Thunderbolt 3 and even server functions (!) Looking ahead, I’ll say that KDE on FreeBSD is not installed here. Let’s take a look at it… It sounds trite, but the device looks really good like most Apple products. Solid metal body in Space Gray, and the power supply is already built into this small compact case. By the way, it weighs only 1300 grams.
Traditionally, Apple is pleased with the attention to detail. All ports are very deeply installed in the case of the device and are harmoniously located, but such a solution has both advantages and, unfortunately, minuses: if you damage at least one of these ports, you will have to change the entire motherboard. Do I need to say that such repairs will cost a lot of money? With ports, everything is fine. Apparently, Apple needs to be praised. It is assumed that this should be enough, as we should use original accessories, which connects wirelessly, such as Apple’s wireless keyboard or trackpad. There are also four USB Type-C ports with a Thunderbolt interface. Through them you can connect any hub, if you suddenly need additional ports, Mac mini has HDMI 2.0 instead of the expected DisplayPort, an RJ-45 connector was placed on the case for server needs, it can be both in gigabit and 10 gigabit versions. Modification can be selected when buying directly on the Apple website. And of course it can be used for traditional connection of any networks. In addition, there is a 3.5 mm jack for headphones or stereo headset CPU. Belongs to the family of Coffee Lake – H, that is, it is soldered to the board and, of course, cannot be replaced. However, this is not the usual Core i3 8100H, as one might think it’s more productive modification under the index “B”. This means that 4 physical cores operate at 3.6 GHz instead of 3 GHz. As for the rest, this is all the same Core i3 with TDP 65W. You can also choose a 6-core Core i5 8500B or i7-8700B, the same six-core but with hyperthreading support. 8 gigabytes of RAM collected by two strips of 4 gigabytes, which works in dual channel mode. Operating frequency 2666 MHz. But more importantly, the Core i3 does not support register memory, so, in terms of fault tolerance, it is inferior to the same iMac Pro on Xeon processors. Now let’s talk about Mac mini in the case. But first of all, you need to understand whether Apple managed to shove an adequate cooling system into this compact case. First of all, I must say that the Mac mini in all modes of operation remains very quiet. So quiet that it will not wake your cat, who decides to sleep on it because it is warm. With an extremely high synthetic load, the processor managed to warm up in 30 minutes to 90 degrees. It seems that this is a high figure, but it absolutely did not affect the frequency of the processor, Of course, you can force it to throttle – all you have to do is to load the graphics accelerator first, and then abruptly load the processor. But this is some kind of fantastic use case. Of course, the metal case is also heated, but not much, up to 41 degrees. By the way, judging by the reviews of our colleagues in the model with a six-core processor, the same cooling system is used. And it would be very interesting to see how things are going with throttling there. It is clear that our youngest configuration remains fairly stable, but if we are talking about a more expensive one, then it is already a direct competitor to the iMac. I’m not sure I agree with that… but to each their own. Traditionally, “no one understands the numbers” part: 432 and 1571 points in the built-in CPU-Z benchmark, 575 and 152 points in Sinbunch R15 with a total scalability of 3.78 and 141 Gflops in a Linpack with AVX. Games… there is nothing to say. It is still a Mac, first of all. Secondly, there is no discrete graphics. but if you still want to play old games, then keep in mind that the 128 GB version should be avoided. Or get a very fast and good hub for fast storage, which, incidentally, will cost about the same penny as the extended version with a large amount of memory from Apple. SSD pleased with the speed: 2854 MB/s for read operations and 725 for linear writing. Usually in such low-budget versions set budget SSD but not in our case, here the read speed is very high, and the write speed is normal. By the way, there are no concerns about temperature. The maximum temperature was 51 degrees which very quickly fell down. Summarizing all the above, the question remains:
for whom and what could this Mac mini be? But in order to at least roughly answer this question, you need to understand exactly how Apple positions this device. Mac mini is a powerful desktop computer, controller for home automation, the basis of large-scale render farms. As for me, Mac mini cannot be considered a powerful desktop computer, there are only three mobile processors and an extremely weak upgrade capability of the device. Home automation control? – yes, there is no doubt, but the controller is a bit pricey, isn’t it? And this is an obvious overkill for a six-core modification. Everything is a little complicated with server use, How does the manufacturer see this? – make a scalable render farm, sounds rational. Such a farm is really easy to deploy. But… there are a couple of refinements. First, this is a very narrow range of tasks that can be solved in parallel on a Mac OS system. Secondly, for those who have ever dealt with servers, they are well aware that the main thing in them is stability, flexibility in service, and of course performance per dollar. And if with the stability of work, at least for quad-core models, everything is very good, then with two other parameters the situation is not so rosy. A regular server is elementary cleaned, in case of breakdown of one power supply unit, the second one will continue to work, and hot-swapping drives is like aspirin for the system administrator. I don’t even want to talk about the performance of a spent dollar. The base model on the six-core Core i5 costs 94,000 rubles, which is a bit cheaper than the official price. In addition, through the Apple site, you can upgrade Mac mini to the “hellish” version. In the US, the core i7 is available and that we can supply up to 64 gigabytes of RAM, up to 2 terabytes of SSD and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. In Russia, the maximum version on Core i5 will rise to almost 350,000 rubles. But if you take from the US, then the cost is 280,000 rubles for the top version with i7. But the comparison with the Intel NUC platform is not quite correct. First, because these are different software platforms, and secondly, Intel offers a different ideology: it is possible, for example, to buy only a chassis with a motherboard and complete the set separately at your discretion, or on the contrary, to buy super complete set with integrated graphic system Vega M on one PCB with a processor. It will be a completely different device both as intended and according to the list of tasks. By the way, this is a mystery why Apple does not offer such a modification. Could somehow respond to their own users … Yes, the price can scare and frighten many, but as practice shows, people are willing to pay mac OS, for trouble-free setup of the stable operation of the device itself. And it costs a lot, especially given the recent incidents with unsuccessful updates of the Redmond 10. Honestly, I thought it would be a complete “shnyaga”, but it turned out quite well! [“shnyaga” – means crap] Do not forget to go to the site BigGeek.ru there are discounts on the promo code ROZETKED 🙂🙂🙂