Originally Posted by wizard69
Further Apple isn't exactly using top of the line performance in the Mini anyways so the CPU gap isn't that great.
Apple is using exactly the same cpus in the Mac mini than in the 13" and 15" MBPs. If Apple isn't exactly using top of the line performance in the Mini, there are still using very good Core i5/i7 parts with the best igpu Intel has to offer. But that doesn't matter, the results are the same: the cpu gap with AMD is HUGE!
Just look at geekbench scores those parts:
Intel Core i7-3720QM 2600 MHz (4 cores) 10132
Intel Core i7-3615QM 2300 MHz (4 cores) 9037
Intel Core i5-3210M 2500 MHz (2 cores) 5742
Intel Core i5-2410M 2300 MHz (2 cores) 5052
AMD A10-4600M 2300 MHz (4 cores) 4235
Or cpu benchmarks:
Intel Core i7-3720QM @ 2.60GHz 8,468
Intel Core i7-3615QM @ 2.30GHz 7,481
Intel Core i5-3210M @ 2.50GHz 3,818
Intel Core i5-2410M @ 2.30GHz 3,196
AMD A10-4600M APU @ 2.30GHz 3,072
The cpu in the $799 Mac mini is more than two times faster than the best mobile APU AMD offers. And that Intel cpu is not even top of the line performance. But even desktop apus can't achieve the cpu performance of an Intel mobile quad-core cpu. I'd rather take a small "hit" in graphics than to cut the cpu performance in half.
There's a reason why those APUs are cheap, they suck! Even AMD officially compares them to Intel's Core i3 parts, not Core i5, let alone Core i7. Yeah, they have nice graphics, so what?