Just received my Mac mini yesterday, but the 16GB RAM is coming in another day or two from a different source.
2.6 GHz, 1TB Fusion, 4GB RAM now, 16GB RAM (soon)
In easy testing today, it compared favorably to my iMac 27" from last year (3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, SSD+HD). A basic rendering job took 2min 36sec on the iMac, 2min 40sec on the mini which is not bad at all.I will be doing more intensive testing on it this week and will post here. So far, it is looking to be a nice little machine.
However, I am not looking at it as a primary machine. Indeed, I access it via screen sharing from the iMac, so there is a screen delay so I can't say anything about the mini's ability to drive a display. I plan to use it for rendering animation and video; send it a job and wait.
In December I will be getting a new iMac 27", so if you aren't in a hurry, I can give you a comparison of the two then.
I do some light work with Illustrator/Photoshop but mainly Encore (DVD and BluRay) and other apps for animation creation and audio and video (including FinalCutProX: no more express).
Edited by Bergermeister - 11/26/12 at 5:47am