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2018 Mac Mini For Video Editing

Based on my research, the new Mac mini is a solid machine for video editing, with the ability to configure the system with up to 64GB of RAM, a 6-core Intel i7 desktop-class processor, and a 10Gigabit Ethernet port. The I/O available on the new Mac mini allows users to connect a number of devices through its 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, 2 USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0 port, and analog audio output jack. With these ports, you can connect a 5K display plus a separate 4K display, or up to three 4K displays.

2018 Mac Mini For Video Editing


The new 2018 Mac mini can now be configured with a 6 Core 3.2Ghz Intel Core i7 8th Generation desktop class cpu for $1299. This is a high-end powerful desktop cpu that blows away the performance of the previous laptop class chips. In fact, this is approaching the power of the new iMac Pro and blows away some of the older Mac Pro desktops. Thanks to the new cooling system this actually runs a lot quieter than my older iMac. Lightroom used to really kick up the fans of my iMac especially when importing or exporting images. You can see my Geekbench scores here, this cpu is fast!

Hi,I am wondering if you are still using this rx580 gaming box. I am interested to buy this combo setup: mac mini 2018 and the gaming box.I have been on the fence about this just because I heard many negative reviews about this egpu. Many people claim it has really poor quality and broke after a few weeks of use. Or sometimes not consistent performance.

The Apple Mac mini 2018 starts at $799 (799, AU$1,249) and tops out at $1,099 (1,099, AU$1,699) with the preset configurations. If you switch any of the components, the price also change, which gives you some flexibility when it comes to balancing power with budget.

Because the Mac Mini is aimed at creatives who typically count on processor- and graphics-intensive software and editing large files, the 2018 Mac Mini needs to be able to keep pace, more so than any previous version.

The quad- and hexa-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.6GHz and support for up to 2,666MHz (which is four times what the last Mac Mini could hold) will definitely keep the 2018 Mac mini fast and responsive for most demanding tasks, and allow it to handle multiple tasks at once, thanks to the solid amount of memory on offer.

The latest Mac mini comes with the Apple T2 security chip, which comes with an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for "industry-leading security." The T2 chip also boasts HEVC video transcoding that's up to 30 times faster, which is great news for video editors who might be interested in using an Apple Mac mini for their creative work.

The only place the Apple Mac mini (2018) is a let down, specs-wise, is with the Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics. We would much rather see some form of discrete graphics. Anyone utilizing the Apple Mac mini for graphically-intensive creative work, such as incorporating video editing software and 3D modeling, may find the integrated graphics considerably limiting and time-consuming.

We are really impressed with how the new Mac mini feels fast and responsive when running macOS 10.14 Mojave in day-to-day use. Apps open and close instantaneously, and even more challenging processes, such as video transcoding, are accomplished quickly, not to mention silently.

The video quality of content that you stream over a network, including over the internet, is affected by the quality of that network. To stream high-quality video formats, you need a fast connection. Apple recommends a minimum speed of 25 Mbps for 4K streaming.

The Apple Mac mini (2018 model) is finally back, and it's better than ever, with a new look, rock-solid performance, and even a bit of upgradability. It's not just the best (and only) mini PC in the Mac lineup, it's also one of the best mini PCs we've seen.

After four long years, Apple has finally brought the Mac mini back to life with a 2018 update that just might have been worth the wait. The Mac mini 2018 ($799 as tested (opens in new tab)) gets a full refresh with a new look, a new internal design and new hardware tuned to provide excellent performance. It's one of the best mini PCs you can buy, and the best value Mac offers today.

The Mac mini has had the same dimensions for the better part of a decade, when the unibody Mac mini was introduced in 2010, with its 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4-inch design. It's kept those same dimensions in 2012 (when it dropped the built-in optical drive) and again in 2014. Now, in 2018, the new Mac mini has the same dimensions, and weighs a svelte 2.6 pounds.

This access panel has taken different forms over the last few iterations of the mini, with the 2010 model offering a simple twist-to-open design and the 2014 model requiring a special prying tool (literally, a modified putty knife) to open. Unfortunately, the 2018 model still uses the less convenient design that requires a special tool.

The Mac mini is being touted as more upgrade-friendly than the previous model, which had its RAM soldered directly to the motherboard. The 2018 model offers more traditional SO-DIMM slots, so you can swap out RAM, allowing you to upgrade the unit after purchase. It also means you'll be better able to keep the Mac mini up to date if Apple takes another four-year break before introducing the next model.

Even after I streamed video, ran benchmark tests and used the system to work on this review, the Mac mini never got warmer than 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only 15 degrees above the room temperature of our lab. That's barely enough heat for it to feel warm to the touch.

Comparing against other mini PCs, the Mac mini 2018 also manages to squeeze exceptional power out of its Intel Core i3 processor, and I'd expect similarly optimized performance from the Core i5 and i7 models.

But if you want a compact Mac desktop, a great mini PC for streaming media, or even just an affordable way to jump to the Apple side of the computing world, the Mac mini 2018 is a fantastic choice, boasting great performance, excellent design and great value.

For four years, the Apple Mac mini had been the last true, egalitarian entry-level Mac. Since its last major rework in 2014, it came in configurations priced as low as $499 that scaled up from there. The 2018 reboot ($799 as tested, which is the entry-level model) rethinks the Mac mini's innards but also lays a new, ritzier price floor. Despite the price bump, with a move to 8th Generation Core desktop CPUs, PCI Express SSDs, and a new roster of connectivity, the Mac mini remains a compelling (if, mind you, the only) desktop space-saver for macOS users looking for a home theater PC, a desktop workstation, or a music- and video-editing sprinter. What tips it into our Editors' Choice zone is Apple's deep included software set, which lets you do a tremendous amount right out of the box: office work, presentations, music dabbling, movie editing. You'll pay a premium for the trim dimensions, and expandability is all external, but rest assured: The Mac mini is the same dynamo as ever, now with 2018 trimmings that do justice to a classic design.

I talked about the Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports earlier, but should point out that the multi-display capabilities that these ports afford are possible thanks to the Intel UHD Graphics 630 acceleration that powers all configurations of the 2018 Mac mini, up and down the line. The integrated graphics, tied to Apple's choice of processors, is a topic worth delving into further, so let's take a deeper look at the internals of the new Mac mini. The cool new stuff isn't just on the back panel.

That's the money info for content creators, not emphasized in the tech specs around these chips but good to know. Intel has dialed back support for the thread-doubling technology in its late-model desktop chips (in the 9th Generation Cores we have seen so far, Hyper-Threading has only been the province of chips like the elite Core i9-9900K), and that's reflected here in the Core i3 and i5. For tasks that push the CPU hard and are threaded to take advantage of as many cores and threads as possible, the cores you get dictate all the threads you can weave. In some earlier generations, desktop Core i3 CPUs supported Hyper-Threading to get you from two cores to four threads. The four-core Core i3 and six-core Core i5 in the 2018 Mac mini, though, are straight four- and six-thread chips respectively. (The Core i5 supports Turbo Boost, however, so though it's lower clocked at 3GHz, the 4.1GHz boost can jet it at times ahead of the snappy 3.6GHz base of the Core i3.)

The last major internal component that has seen a big evolution is the RAM. The Mac mini is now on DDR4, and much faster clocked, at that: 2,666MHz. That should, to an extent, help boost the performance of the integrated graphics processor (IGP). Integrated solutions like Intel's HD and UHD Graphics and AMD's mobile Radeon Ms tend to do better with faster RAM, again all else being equal. As noted earlier, Apple has implemented the memory now as SO-DIMMs, rather than soldered-down, so upgradability is an option, though it's officially not sanctioned as a user upgrade. The test model I have in hand has 8GB, with upticks to 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB possible at time of purchase. The 64GB level has never been possible in the Mac mini and is a presumptive boon for demanding musicians (looking, say, to load huge virtual-instrument sets into RAM), photo editors, and users manipulating video.

The Mac mini was overdue, in a big way, for a sprucing-up, and we're actually surprised Apple didn't get a little more radical with it. The outer design is mostly unchanged, and the teardown was almost exclusively internal, apart from the wholesale rework of the back panel and the thermal hardware. The 2017 MacBook Air, in contrast, was really a 2014 laptop well past its expiration date, and it saw almost every key bit kicked into 2018 in the much-overhauled MacBook Air that's launching alongside this new Mac mini. The Mac mini's modernization is more subtle but no less subversive.


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