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Architosh publishes M1 Mac mini vs iMac Pro Shootout

M1 based Mac computers offer stunning performance compared to Intel based Mac and Windows computers. Our testing reveals details.


Our February issue of our free newsletter, INSIDER Xpresso, has been released and inside we have a in-depth performance test comparison between the M1 Mac mini (with Apple Silicon) versus our powerful 2017 iMac Pro. The results are quite stunning and interesting.

To read the feature now, you can sign-up for Xpresso here. Once signed up you will be directed to the first issue and from that issue you can visit the newsletter’s Archive directory where you can open up the latest issue.

CAD and 3D Tested

Our in-depth feature goes through numerous benchmark suites testing both the CPU and the GPU, including specific GPU benchmarks applicable to pro applications like 2/3D CAD, BIM and 3D modeling and rendering programs.

Mac mini vs iMac Pro

Architosh has conducted an in-depth performance analysis (shoot-out) between the Apple Silicon-based Mac mini vs a powerful iMac Pro machine.

In addition to benchmarks, we have tested both machines against test files in SketchUp and Vectorworks Architect (two tools still in Rosetta mode only on the M1 Mac mini). Despite not having a native application available where we have well-developed test files, the M1-based Mac mini more than held its own against the far more expensive iMac Pro (2017).

We also include an in-depth analysis and discuss on ARM microarchitecture advantages over X86.

Click here to sign-up and gain access to this special feature inside the latest (February) issue of Xpresso.

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