Specs appeal: Here’s how the new M2 compares to the Mac mini M1 and Intel-based variants.


Taras Buria


Jan 18, 2023 07:40 EST

Mac Mini based on the M2

The Mac Mini is Apple’s least flashy Mac, too easy to overlook in a sea of ​​more powerful MacBook Pros and Airs. However, this small desktop computer is the cheapest modern Mac you can buy without compromising on features or performance. Thanks to the latest M2 upgrade, the Mac Mini is now even more affordable and powerful. The base model has the new Apple M2 processor and a $100 price drop.

If you’re thinking of buying a Mac Mini, this article will help you compare the latest generation with its M1-powered predecessor and the 2018 Intel-based model. While all three models look visually identical, many significant changes are hidden inside the metal chassis.

Mac mini with M2 chips

Here is a list of the key changes:

  • New chips: Apple M2 and Apple M2 Pro with more CPU and GPU cores.
  • More RAM: Up to 24GB of integrated memory in M2 variants and 32GB in M2 Pro (M1 tops out at 16GB). Note that the M1 and M2-based Mac minis use integrated, non-upgradable memory, while the 2018 Intel-based variant allows its DDR4-SODIMM RAM to be upgraded.
  • More storage: Up to 2TB of non-removable storage in the M2 and up to 8TB in the M2 Pro (M1 tops out at 2TB).
  • Improved media engine: Mac mini now supports ProRes video, ProRes RAW, and ProRes encode/decode capabilities.
  • Improved display output: Mac mini now supports up to three displays in M2 Pro variants and two displays in M2. The M1-based Mac Mini supports single display output with resolutions up to 6K.
  • Better communication: Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
  • Better ports.: Two or four Thunderbolt 4, optional 10Gb Ethernet, plus a new high-impedance 3.5mm audio jack.
  • low cost: The base model now starts at $599 instead of $699.
Two Mac Mini M2s stacked on top of each other.
M2 Pro above and M2/M1 below

And here is the detailed specs comparison:

2023 Mac Mini (M2/M2 Pro) 2020 Mac Mini (M1) 2018 Mac Mini (Intel)

1.41×7.75×7.75 inches
2.6 lbs (M2), 2.8 lbs (M2 Pro)

3.56×19.7×19.7 cm
1.18 kg (M2), 1.28 kg (M2 Pro)

1.4×7.7×7.7 inches, 2.6 lbs (2.9 intel)

3.6×19.7×19.7 cm, 1.2 kg (1.3 kg Intel)

The processor Apple M2
Apple M2 Pro
Apple M1 Intel Core i3-8100B
Intel Core i5-8500B
Intel Core i7-8700B
CPU core 8 cores (M2)
10-12 cores (M2 Pro)
8 Cor 4-6 covers
GPU core 10 cores (M2)
16-19 Core (M2 Pro)
8 Cor Intel UHD 630
Media Engine HW-high speed H.264, HEVC
ProRes and ProRes RAW
Video encode/decode engine
ProRes encode/decode engine
HW-high speed H.264, HEVC
Video encode/decode engine
Ram 8-24 GB unified memory (M2)
16-32GB Unified Memory (M2 Pro)
8-16GB of unified memory 8-64 GB

256GB-2TB (M2)
512GB-8TB (M2 Pro)

256-2TB SSD 512GB-2TB SSD
Display the output. Dual Display (M2)
Triple Display (M2 Pro)
A display up to 6K Three displays (up to 4K)
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.0

2x Thunderbolt 4 (M2)
4x Thunderbolt 4 (M2 Pro)

2x USB-A
1x Gigabit Ethernet
Optional 10 GB
1x High impedance audio jack

2x Thunderbolt / USB 4
2x USB-A
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x Audio Jack

4x Thunderbolt 3
2x USB-A
1x Gigabit Ethernet
Optional 10 GB
1x Audio Jack

the color silver Space gray
Base price $599 $699 $799

Apple’s M2-based Mac Mini is now available for pre-order. On the official website. Delivery starts on 24 January 2023.

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