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Mac vs HaC

Below is a comprehensive comparsion between the various 2018 Mac minis and the two Hades Canyon NUCs. The source for most data are linked in the first row, otherwise it is linked in the individual cell.

General buying advice for Mac mini is if you require high CPU performance and do not care about GPU performance, if you need extra TB3 ports, or if you need the lightest and most power efficient computer (per litere). You should get a Hades Canyon NUC if you need any GPU performance, value extendibility, or require many more ports than what the Mac mini has to offer.

Mac mini i3 Mac mini i5 Mac mini i7 NUC8I7HNK NUC8I7HVK
Processor
SKU I3-8100B I5-8500B I7-8700B i7-8705G i7-8809G
Cores/Threads 4/4 6/6 6/12 4/8 4/8
Geekbench SC 4518 4973 5667 4527 5044
Geekbench MC 13252 19492 24334 14942 16878
Graphics
GPU Intel UHD 630 Intel UHD 630 Intel UHD 630 AMD Vega M GL AMD Vega M GH
GPU Passmark 1210 1210 1210 5232 7021
Memory
RAM 8GB DDR4 8GB DDR4 8GB DDR4 0GB DDR4* 0GB DDR4*
RAM Connector 2xSO-DIMM 2xSO-DIMM 2xSO-DIMM 2xSO-DIMM 2xSO-DIMM
Storage 128GB 256GB 256GB 0GB* 0GB*
SSD Connector Soldered Soldered Soldered M.2 NGFF M.2 NGFF
Connectivity
Ethernet 1x1Gb** 1x1Gb** 1x1Gb** 2x1Gb 2x1Gb
Wi-Fi 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac*** 802.11ac***
Bluetooth BT5.0 BT5.0 BT5.0 BT4.0*** BT4.0***
Ports
USB-A Ports 2 2 2 5 5
USB-C Ports 4 4 4 3 3
TB3 Ports 4 4 4 2 2
SDXC Port No No No Yes Yes
HDMI Ports 1 1 1 2 2
Mini-DP Ports 0 0 0 2 2
Type-C DP Ports 4 4 4 2 2
Max 4K Displays 3 3 3 6 6
3.5" Jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audio
Speaker Yes Yes Yes No No
Microphones 0 0 0 4 4
Power
Max Power 150W 150W 150W 230W 230W
Power Brick No No No Yes Yes
Size
Volume 1.4L 1.4L 1.4L 1.2L 1.2L
Footprint 19.7x19.7cm 19.7x19.7cm 19.7x19.7cm 22x14cm 22x14cm
Weight 1.3kg 1.3kg 1.3kg 2.1kg 2.1kg
Price
MSRP**** $799 $1,099 $1,299 $799 $999

*NUC kits typically do not come with RAM/SSD unless as part of some bundle deal.

**Mac mini can be configured for 10Gb Ethernet for $100 extra.

***Requires replacing the wireless card for OSX to work.

****Apple products rarely sell under MSRP while NUCs can often be found on sale for as much as 20% off.

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