M1 Mini vs 2019 MBP

Finally was able to assemble enough footage to get a real world test going with the new M1 Mac Mini ($1,100) vs my almost maxed out 2019 MBP ($4,500).

I still want to do this test with the 2018 Mac Mini to show the drastic change in performance, but that’s currently in a modded 12v build and it’s kind of a pain to be able to swap that out to regular AC power. Bonus photo of that mod!

Anyways, here are the 10 timelines that I put together to test out rendering to ProRes Proxy (what I get asked to do almost 100% of the time) and H264 because these new processors are supposedly built to handle H264 natively (more hardware less software encoding). Each timeline is the source resolution & codec of each file (OG means Open Gate and ANA means Anamorphic (and doing the desqueeze) for those wondering).

I opted to make 1 minute timelines with different resolutions as well as forcing all the debayering to the highest level upon rendering, just to stress test everything.

I used a 2TB SanDisk SSD (mainly because my GSPEED Vault XL wouldn’t mount on the M1, RIP) and also I wanted to use something that’s relatively efficient in what others might use for drives when rendering from (unless you’re using a NVME raid, might re-do this to just give that example).

So here’s the speed test from that SSD for reference.

First off, if you missed my performance test between the M1 Mini & my MBP with Geekbench, I definitely recommend checking that out first. But here are the specs for the MBP:

I’ll post my M1 Mini specs later on, forgot to grab a screenshot of it.

So first up! Here’s the MBP’s renders to ProRes Proxy.

Here’s the H264

And here’s the M1 Mini’s results

and H264.

Here’s the side by side comparison. Left is MBP, right is M1 Mini. First set is ProRes Proxy, second set is H264


While the M1 Mac Mini isn’t going to replace my laptop in terms of rendering, the fact that it’s this fast is outstanding. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what apple has in store for a 16″ M1(X) MBP and believe me I’ll be buying it and testing it out. And for $1,100 it is quite a steal vs the $4,500 laptop.

Next is to test the M1 MacBook but I don’t have access to one at the moment, hopefully later next week.

Let me know what you guys think and what you’d like to see tested next.

2 thoughts on “M1 Mini vs 2019 MBP

  1. Thank you for taking the time to run these tests. I was considering the M1 Mini as an upgrade to my 2017 MacBook Pros. Looks like I’m better off sticking with Intel for the time being. It saved me a purchase.

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