• Apple's New Mac minis Have Ivy Bridge Mobile CPUs


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    Published on 10-31-2012 12:27 PM by
    Apple brought out a slew of new products last week, including a spec bump to Ivy Bridge CPUs on the Mac mini. Many people don't know that the Mac mini "desktop" houses a low power mobile CPU and mobile graphics, making it basically a laptop in disguise. So what's the performance difference between a mobile Ivy Bridge CPU and a desktop Ivy Bridge CPU?

    The new Mac mini is much faster than it used to be. It's staggering how powerful the mobile chips are, expecially the quad-core i7 Mac mini server configurations. The low end Mac mini has a mobile Ivy Bridge i5-3210M, which compares favorably with a desktop Ivy Bridge Core i3-3225, as featured in the CustoMac Mini 2012. However, the higher end desktop CPUs like the i7-3770 outpace the Mac mini server mobile Ivy Bridge Core i7-3615QM. We put the new Mac mini scores against our Ivy Bridge i3/i5/i7 to see the raw performance numbers. Check these Geekbench scores out.

    The mobile Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz vs. the desktop Core i3-3225 3.29GHz. Each CPU has 2 cores and 4 threads.


    The mobile Intel Core i7-3615QM 2.3GHz (4 cores 8 threads) vs. the desktop Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (4 cores 4 threads, not overclocked) vs. the desktop Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz (4 cores 8 threads).

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/attachments/36499-macmini62.png.html http://www.tonymacx86.com/attachments/36507-3570k.png.html http://www.tonymacx86.com/attachments/36506-3770.png.html

    Interestingly, the non-hyperthreaded desktop Core i5-3570K scores almost as well as the hyperthreaded mobile Core i7-3615QM. This CPU can achieve much greater scores when overclocked. The desktop Core i7-3770 and i7-3770K are in a class by themselves, scoring much higher. If you have any of these Macs or CPUs, or an Ivy Bridge based laptop, list your Geekbench results here!

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    Comments 19 Comments
    1. djsmootht's Avatar
      djsmootht -
      My i5 3570K overclocked to 4.4ghz with a Geekbench score of 13,159
      Stock speeds gave me a score of 11,600 usually.

    1. karpovnious's Avatar
      karpovnious -


      i7 3770 no over clock
    1. kev7in's Avatar
      kev7in -
      i-3770k Asus- z77-m pro 16gb ram

      32bit Geekbench:
    1. mz123's Avatar
      mz123 -
      Mac mini i7 3720QM 2,6 GHz

      Attachment 36526
    1. hiwa's Avatar
      hiwa -
      Any news about Imac 13.2 Smbios?
    1. the_gael's Avatar
      the_gael -
      GA-Z77X-UD5H, i7-3770k, Corsair Vengeance OC 4.7ghz

      Attachment 36550
    1. elinato1's Avatar
      elinato1 -
      MacPro3,1 ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 i7-3770
    1. the_gael's Avatar
      the_gael -
      Quote Originally Posted by elinato1 View Post
      MacPro3,1 ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 i7-3770
      very interesting to see this screenshot - the i7-3770 scoring higher than most non-overclocked 3770k cpu's no doubt due to the 2133mhz memory. I have noticed that Ivy Bridge seems to respond well to faster memory.
    1. GJCORNISH's Avatar
      GJCORNISH -
      Attachment 36559
    1. r_3's Avatar
      r_3 -
      Attachment 36597
    1. Kwartjuh's Avatar
      Kwartjuh -
      Here's my build on 64 bit.
      i7 2600k.
    1. Tec Junkie's Avatar
      Tec Junkie -
      Bench testing i7 2.6ghz server mac mini.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW-MWvE6HxE&feature=plcp
    1. spartus4's Avatar
      spartus4 -
      New Mac Mini 6,2. It's the base $799 model which I swapped out the 4GB for 8GB.

      Geekbench score: 11993
    1. ather's Avatar
      ather -
      here is mine gigabyte z77x-up4th /8g hyper-blue K memory / 90g ocz ssd 500w inland ps
      geekbench7589
    1. LukeAnnett's Avatar
      LukeAnnett -
      And the exact reason why I got a new macbook pro for a desktop replacement, they are blazingly fast, I'm about to drop a 512gb ssd and 16gb into mine.

      2012 MacBook Pro
      2.3 Ghz i7 3615-qm, 4 gb ram, 500 gb 5400 rpm hard disk and the gt650m

      11824
      http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1230268
    1. Gerard71's Avatar
      Gerard71 -
      i7 3770 @ 4.10 GHz Geekbench 64 bits 15466
    1. richardtj's Avatar
      richardtj -
      I do like the look of the new mac mini server. Specs have got me salivating. However, still very happy with the Mac Pro and Macbook Pro (2008- late) with it's 6 gig of ram (still can't believe that- 6 gigs in a 4 year old C2D laptop- I mean, windows 7 supports 3 gigs in 32bit mode- something that disappeared near the middle of last decade)
    1. kumaroli's Avatar
      kumaroli -
      i7 3770K, no overclock

      iMac12,2



      Section Description Score Geekbench Score
      Geekbench 2.3.4 Tryout for Mac OS X x86 (32-bit)
      Integer Processor integer performance 11234 13542
      Floating Point Processor floating point performance 20895
      Memory Memory performance 7712
      Stream Memory bandwidth performance 7545
      Result Information

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      System Information

      iMac12,2
      Operating System Mac OS X 10.8.2 (Build 12C60)
      Model iMac12,2
      Processor Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50 GHz
      1 processor, 4 cores, 8 threads
      Processor ID GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
      L1 Instruction Cache 32 KB x 4
      L1 Data Cache 32 KB x 4
      L2 Cache 256 KB x 4
      L3 Cache 8192 KB
      Motherboard Apple Inc. Mac-942B59F58194171B x.x
      BIOS Apple Inc. MultiBeast.tonymacx86.com
      Memory 16384 MB 1600 MHz DDR3
    1. Cruel_Brit's Avatar
      Cruel_Brit -
      I have a i7 3770k built into a UP5-TH board as per Alfa147's build. It's fab. At 3.5GHz it does about 14,500 on Geekbench 64-bit. I tried it at 4.5GHz the other day and got something like 16,800. It's on the Geekbench archive under "Cruel_Brit".

      Great job on this site Tony btw. Fabulous.

      Next project is to set up an archiving system using a mix of local drives and Amazon S3 + Amazon Glacier and Arq. Will try to write something if I get it working.