Apple is a company that takes its devices very seriously and is extremely competitive with its outstanding hardware, the company is currently leading in almost every tech sector. Recently, the Cupertino giant’s Apple M1 Mac mini has taken on the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX APU in a battery of benchmarks put to them by YouTube channel Max Tech.
However, this proved out to be a one-sided affair and it looked like AMD’s chip has the leading edge at least in the beginning. The M1 Apple Silicon has an 8-core CPU part that can clock at up to a maximum of 3.2 GHz. The Ryzen 9 5900HX on the other hand is also an 8-core chip that has a base clock of 3.3 GHz however it can boost to an advantageous 4.6 GHz.
Both of the tested Mini PCs have 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, and they both cost US$899. Coming to the YouTube clip, the host has put the M1 Mac mini and Ryzen 9 5900HX Mini PC through numerous tests, including Geekbench 5 (CPU and GPU), Speedometer 2.0, Cinebench R23, 3DMark, GFXBench, Lightroom, and DaVinci Resolve to edit.
The Ryzen 9 processor was indeed impressive in CBR23, with the AMD APU hitting around 4.6 GHz on all of its eight cores and easily beating the score by the M1 SoC. But, this score was achieved at the cost of more power as the Apple chip uses 15 W and the AMD part relies on up to 65 W. Thus, we can say that performance per watt was deeply in the Mac mini’s favor.
Throughout the testing course, the M1 continued to impress including in graphics performance. AMD’s processor could not keep up with Apple’s champ in the final benchmarks that involve editing, exporting, and stabilizing images or video clips.
It’s an overall terrific performance from the M1 Mac mini that once again manages to prove itself as a versatile and powerful mini desktop PC. This makes me extremely excited for the upcoming successor to this amazing Apple M1 silicon.
Watch the video here: