The Mac mini and the Mac Studio are two devices that may seem different at first, that is, they may appear to be devices that are not intended for the same group of users, both for its internals and for its price. But do you know their differences? and is the work useful to you? In this post, we continue to analyze the differences between their hardware and analyze which device is best suited for you.
less than half, but more than necessary
In terms of design, the Mac Studio is twice the size of the Mac mini, which is a very thick machine that you can grasp with any effort.
This reduction in size also affects all internal parts and also peripherals, since the Mac Studio has unlimited ports and better placed, such as SD card and two lightning ports 4 in the front and four in the back. the back, while the Mac mini has 4 ports, but all on the back. They share an Aeronymi cable, HDMI, 3.5 mm Jack input and two UBS-A ports.
As you already know, both units need a Magic Mouse, screen and keyboard, because it only sells the hardware, it does not include other accessories such as the iMac. For this, the Mac mini can be connected to three external monitors, while the Mac Studio can connect up to 4 Display XDR monitors.
The truth is hidden within
Between the two is the joint where the differences are most noticeable. The flagship Mac Studio, powered by the M1 Max chip, has 10 CPU cores, 24 GPU cores, and 16 Neural Engine cores. In contrast, the Mac mini with the Apple Silicon M2 pro, has 10 CPU cores and 16 cores of the second generation GPU. Now, although the smallest of the Mac family has more modern parts, the Mac Studio is still better than the Mac mini, not only because of the mentioned advantages, but also because its entry version starts with 32 GB and the M2 Pro starts with 16 GB.
From the point of view of action, there are two thoughts that are valid for doing some work, both for connection and for redemption for their processes, but which is the best option?
Which is better?
If we return to the design of each of them, the Mac mini has a much more moderate design, while the Mac Studio has a lot of space that facilitates heat dissipation. Therefore, before you choose one of them, you have the use you are going to give it, and especially the duration or time you will use it. If you work with very heavy projects, the Mac mini can solve them without problems, but the heat it will generate can be a problem over time, in addition to the fact that, if you work intensively, the 16 GB of. RAM will be used, fail and the cooling of the Mac Studio will be much more efficient.
In testing, the results can be very good, but in the long run, when the real exercise of the equipment is observed, we must be careful not to always have equipment with temperatures of 80-85 degrees, because it can end up breaking.