Apple Silicon - Late 2020 Mac Mini M1, an interesting option?

So as a “content creator”, I do like to follow information and news pertaining to what I do and different tools that allow me to do what I want. Of course for tech one of the big hubbubs lately has been the new M1 chip from Apple in their tablets, new macbooks, and the mac mini.

How good of a proposition do you think it is and why?
I’m a bit curious because I saw on Amazon they had renewed M1 Mac mini base models for a pretty attractive price:

(vs $699 Apple Retail).

Honestly it’s a bit tempting for me to have a separate computer for streaming on Twitch as well as some light photoshop/illustrator duties. I’m pretty confident my current rig could still outrender this when using Davinci Resolve, although probably not by as much as the price difference between my system and this might suggest haha.

What do you all think of the Mac M1 mini as a concept? A decent mini(ish) PC? Wait for Apple Silicon M1x?

Do you think there needs to be more ARM app support to justify its existence?


I will happily replace my 2014 MBP 15" with the new M1 (or Mx)-based 16" Macbook pro coming out soon if it supports enough RAM. The move back to the (slightly) less shitty keyboard and back to more ports, and to Magsafe for charging versus USB-C (that’s the rumor, anyway) is encouraging. Though, let’s be real, I will of course still use my YAS62 or NeXT non-adb board instead of the built-in kb.

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I don’t really see the point in the mac mini, i think the apple processors make a lot more sense in a laptop where their power efficiency really shines, whereas in the mac mini doesn’t have a battery so power efficiency isn’t so important. tbh I haven’t really followed the mac mini at all though, so I have no idea how good the value proposition in terms of computer power/cost/application support. With apple throwing their support behind it it seems app support can only get better.

I bought one a month or so ago with 16gb of RAM. I’m a developer, not a content creator, but I absolutely love it.

There are still weird things I needed to do to get some of my dev software working properly, but I’m seeing more and more support added as people have time to update things to accommodate the ARM chips. Rosetta 2 works fine for me where it’s needed.

I now daily this over my Ryzen 1700 pc and haven’t really had any performance complaints. If anything, some of the things I do have sped up because it’s has better WiFi than I had on my pc. Major bonus is that it’s sooooo quiet - noise from my pc case fans, though slight, really bugged me.

If I had to go back in time and decide whether or not to pick mine up, I’d definitely buy it again.


i’m not very well versed in performance/computing so i’m wondering if you could contextualize this for casuals/noobs:

i have a late 2012 mac mini 2.3 core i7 with 16 GB (self-upgraded) RAM. it’s not bad but she’s getting slow in her old age. would i notice the difference between my mini and the stock 8 GB RAM and the new M1 chip as far as speed or should i make sure to stick with 16GB RAM? don’t laugh, but I’m playing FFXIV on my old mini and getting flack for not playing on a PC. i’m wondering if the new mac minis are more than enough for non-high definition, older online games.

also, how much did yours end up costing?

What’s your current rig?

I’m also looking into mac mini at the moment since it’s cheaper than the macbooks and I like working with at least 16" screen and current m1s only has the 13" variant.

Aside from app compatibility issues, which should be updated soon(hopefully), I think it’s a good buy if this is your first dive to Apple ecosystem.

In addition, there’s an ongoing list of applications tested in m1 in here:


My current rig is pretty acceptable for now;

RTX 2060 super
32gb ram

Nothing fancy or top of the line, but it gets the job done. Most importantly, it has one of those rare things called a graphics card :joy:


I wouldn’t buy them from Amazon because the built-in storage is so tiny for me. I have a 2018 mac mini with 1TB and 32GB of RAM and that seems OK but I’ll get an m1 once I can, even with less RAM it’ll be much faster. The performance jump is supposed to be ridiculous.

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My 2060 super has just been sitting in my old rig doing nothing since I made the switch…

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that’s what im curious about–would the base 8GB ram on the M1 be enough for those of us with 2012 (me) and you (2018) mac minis? i haven’t seen any articles yet regarding the performance jump.

Depends on how ram intensive your workloads are. If you’re frequently bumping into your upper limit at 32gb, you’ll start hitting swap a lot. I went with 16gb model and am fine as a dev, but really depends on workloads. I think people tend to overestimate ram needs, but I’ll still buy as much as I can now given it’s non upgradeable later on.