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Overheated new Mac mini under heavy load?

15.11.2018 - Apple, Mac mini
Overheated new Mac mini under heavy load?

Yesterday Apple announced the start of sales of the new Mac mini in Russia. At the moment at the official online store of the company are only available two configurations. The cost of the Junior model of compact Apple computer is 68990 rubles, and the older version is offered to consumers for 93 990 rubles. Whether or not that computer is their money, and whether he is able to run intensive tasks without overheating? The answer to this question is, journalists of the edition Ai, who conducted a series of comprehensive tests.

A few months ago was presented MacBook Pro Intel Core i9. Almost immediately, the Network appeared the first reviews, which said that the new model is inferior even to its predecessor, due to excessive overheating under peak and sustained loads. In the future, this problem was successfully resolved update, but still some residue remained. In this regard, the journalists Ai decided to check the stability of operation of the processor of the new compact Apple computer. Does the cooling system of the Mac Mini?

The test was involved in the configuration of the Mac Mini with the most powerful available processor Intel Core i7-8700B. Recall that Apple has equipped its nettop full desktop CPU and as shown by tests, this chip provides a very solid performance. The previous generation of compact Apple computers were equipped with mobile processors. Here’s how it shows itself to the Mac Mini in comparison with the most efficient computers of the company.

Geekbench 4

Mac Mini (2018) with an Intel Core i7 — 25 406
MacBook Pro (2018) with an Intel Core i9 — 22 574
The basic configuration iMac Pro — 30 719

As practice shows, concerns about overheating are not in vain. Such a powerful processor in such a small enclosure may fail to develop their full capacity at peak loads long. High chance of reset the frequency if I reach a certain threshold temperature.

For testing Mac Mini journalists used the demanding Cinebench R15 benchmark. Test “were run” five times in a row to get the most objective results. Here’s what happened:

The first test almost immediately, the processor frequency has reached 4.2 GHz. The chip was heated to 100 degree, then worked at a stable 3.5 GHz. The result 1188 points.

The second test is after the second run, the CPU frequency decreased to 3.3 GHz, and apparently, chip began to drop frequency to achieve an acceptable temperature. The result of 1144 points.

The third test processor operated at a stable frequency 3.4 to 3.3 GHz. The result is 1134 points.

Fourth test — the computer worked on the base frequencies. The result of 1103 points.

The fifth test chip performance has increased slightly during the final test. The result — 1132 points.

Thus, performance degradation at peak loads and high temperatures was 7.6%. This is of course, not so much, but still has a slight overheating is the place to be. Importantly, the cooling system was very quiet almost all the time.

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