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Mac mini Memory and Solid State Hard Drive Benchmarks

More memory equals a faster Mac. It's been our company mantra for quite a long time. With the addition of our Mercury SSD line, we now have another contender for drastically increasing performance on your Mac.

As shown in the benchmarks below, adding more memory to your Mac mini gradually boosts performance and allows you to run more processes and programs at once regardless of which model mini you have.

Let's take, for example, the latest 2.5GHz Quad Core i5 Mac mini. Upgrading the base machine to 16GB of RAM (following the OWC MaxRAM guidelines) yielded up to a 64% drop in time to complete each of the photoshop action tests.

Simply installing an OWC Mercury Extreme 6G SSD dropped the time over 70% by itself.

And using the two together, speed gains are higher still - making us rethink and expand our company mantra:

More Memory = Faster Mac
OWC SSD Drive = Even Faster Mac
More memory and an OWC SSD Drive = Fastest Mac.



OWC offers memory upgrades available up to 16.0GB to make your Mac mini screaming fast!

OWC's FREE detailed step-by-step installation videos guide you through upgrading your Mac mini.
Other World Computing Benchmark Result Tables

"Boot Time Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to boot the Mac mini from a cold start to usability. Tests are completed using the stock minimum memory.

Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration Boot Time

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.6 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 16.0
5400 RPM 49.5

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 17.1
5400 RPM 50.0

Mac mini Late 2012
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini6,1)

OWC 6G SSD 17.0
5400 RPM 49.8

Mac mini Server Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,3)

OWC 6G SSD 21.3
5400 RPM 52.9

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.7 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 18.4
5400 RPM 57.6

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 18.1
5400 RPM 60.4

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,1)

OWC 6G SSD 20.8
5400 RPM 53.2

Mac mini Server Mid 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 26.9
5400 RPM 56.9

Mac mini Mid 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 28.5
5400 RPM 59.0

Mac mini Server Late 2009
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 26.6
5400 RPM 57.8

Mac mini Late 2009
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 24.7
5400 RPM 62.7

Mac mini Early 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 24.0
5400 RPM 48.8

Mac mini Early 2009
2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 33.0
5400 RPM 79.5

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 Large Action Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising of 45 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 25,000 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a Mac mini Mac mini such as with multiple images, images with multiple layers, or very large images such as trade show graphics, billboards, promotional banners, and more. These same type of results can be expected from video production suites and other 64 bit applications.

No other processes are running in the background besides those that keep the Mac mini itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 72% of system memory. Increasing this slider can speed up the test when more memory has been added to the system, however with lower memory amounts, make sure you're leaving enough resources for any additional processes running.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.6 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 617.46 484.55 408.44 343.61 333.58
5400 RPM 2386.45 1756.11 1258.04 852.43 828.38

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 636.83 498.26 422.86 365.13 362.87
5400 RPM 2699.57 1662.75 1258.38 850.43 830.84

Mac mini Late 2012
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini6,1)

OWC 6G SSD 805.85 671.00 592.47 567.13 533.05
5400 RPM 2722.66 1815.11 1386.38 979.70 976.77

Mac mini Server Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,3)

OWC 6G SSD 748.5 221.17 209.26 205.22 195.51
5400 RPM 2806.55 2061.91 1518.78 890.65 820.43

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.7 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 811.33 703.99 600.82 537.25 525.96
5400 RPM 3256.64 2282.50 1616.70 1422.20 1013.10

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 857.53 738.18 636.73 572.74 561.35
5400 RPM 3432.90 2436.11 1655.91 1130.36 1105.70

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,1)

OWC 6G SSD 1035.81 932.51 816.57 694.87 630.03 609.65
5400 RPM 4988.61 3448.76 2515.01 1620.64 1100.60 1035.10

Mac mini Server Mid 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1583.98 1360.22 1118.83 974.14 831.20
5400 RPM 2812.83 1937.13 1574.19 1330.70 1154.60

Mac mini Mid 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1678.30 1443.84 1197.17 1070.42
5400 RPM 4258.7 3380.99 2274.46 1808.70

Mac mini Server Late 2009
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1392.44 1151.86 1018.14
5400 RPM 3460.74 2336.05 1759.93

Mac mini Late 2009
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1435.42 1166.61 1039.82
5400 RPM 4352.03 2367.47 1800.34

Mac mini Early 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1710.18 1445.48 1195.26 1081.96
5400 RPM 5024.27 3938.73 2716.46 2072.34

Mac mini Early 2009
2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1754.16 1528.23 1281.39 1165.24
5400 RPM 5013.62 3985.26 2761.33 2162.27

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 Medium Action Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising of 45 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 17,500 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a Mac mini Mac mini such as with multiple images, images with multiple layers, or large images such as retail signage, movie posters, event signage, promotional banners and more. These same type of results can be expected from video production suites and other 64 bit applications.

No other processes are running in the background besides those that keep the Mac mini itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 72% of system memory. Increasing this slider can speed up the test when more memory has been added to the system, however with lower memory amounts, make sure you're leaving enough resources for any additional processes running.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.6 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 211.04 173.97 163.57 162.59 150.13
5400 RPM 742.32 472.03 468.00 462.31 434.36

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 218.59 181.6 170.49 169.32 158.62
5400 RPM 704.70 474.18 466.81 453.95 445.78

Mac mini Late 2012
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini6,1)

OWC 6G SSD 300.52 262.57 253.74 253.50 234.14
5400 RPM 767.14 564.87 528.83 518.67 497.35

Mac mini Server Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,3)

OWC 6G SSD 267.64 221.17 209.26 205.22 195.51
5400 RPM 792.69 497.73 488.12 413.48 380.62

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.7 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 304.49 265.39 257.80 252.87 242.97
5400 RPM 873.85 615.12 569.10 500.58 445.98

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 332.86 278.87 274.88 270.15 362.54
5400 RPM 920.04 607.18 549.93 539.57 537.61

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,1)

OWC 6G SSD 476.98 351.42 309.31 296.31 294.31 283.48
5400 RPM 2273.14 957.27 656.69 531.11 528.9 520.31

Mac mini Server Mid 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 460.38 416.44 297.64 412.03 385.2
5400 RPM 817.54 593.07 559.47 562.83 535.08

Mac mini Mid 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 747.28 545.42 478.05 459.09
5400 RPM 1840.40 1164.00 657.97 641.23

Mac mini Server Late 2009
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 520.80 448.49 461.37
5400 RPM 1083.58 663.28 603.30

Mac mini Late 2009
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 542.04 464.32 446.15
5400 RPM 1108.84 663.73 617.34

Mac mini Early 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 769.12 546.48 483.74 469.35
5400 RPM 2161.45 1092.82 789.63 711.68

Mac mini Early 2009
2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 796.11 593.62 517.74 509.14
5400 RPM 1840.40 1153.10 812.38 770.57

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 Small Action Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising of 45 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 12,500 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a MacBook/MacBook Pro/Mac mini. These same type of results can be expected from video production suites and other 64 bit applications.

No other processes are running in the background besides those that keep the Mac mini itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 71% of system memory. Increasing this slider can speed up the test when more memory has been added to the system, however with lower memory amounts, make sure you're leaving enough resources for any additional processes running.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

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RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.6 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 86.52 83.97 78.68 77.03 63.92
5400 RPM 240.68 237.88 245.03 192.05 68.43

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 92.58 89.44 82.93 81.08 75.20
5400 RPM 233.53 246.06 241.73 193.14 74.84

Mac mini Late 2012
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini6,1)

OWC 6G SSD 133.29 131.49 126.93 123.72 112.21
5400 RPM 280.24 274.30 266.96 221.70 113.08

Mac mini Server Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,3)

OWC 6G SSD 109.87 106.61 102.22 98.77 82.57
5400 RPM 265.84 241.47 234.20 183.46 100.48

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.7 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 131.98 131.08 127.46 124.68 109.94
5400 RPM 286.03 264.69 256.52 250.57 119.12

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 141.46 138.83 136.02 132.98 120.01
5400 RPM 304.79 298.49 280.29 247.56 152.58

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,1)

OWC 6G SSD 476.98 351.42 309.31 394.31 296.79 283.48
5400 RPM 2273.14 957.27 656.69 531.11 528.31 520.31

Mac mini Server Mid 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 209.20 207.40 207.10 204.19 191.61
5400 RPM 314.93 298.35 289.07 263.92 197.59

Mac mini Mid 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 316.52 239.97 238.29 231.29
5400 RPM 618.41 413.70 349.26 332.23

Mac mini Server Late 2009
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 228.53 224.14 216.61
5400 RPM 378.75 329.66 315.03

Mac mini Late 2009
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 241.82 231.33 224.95
5400 RPM 369.38 372.81 324.37

Mac mini Early 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 317.13 246.48 240.73 239.81
5400 RPM 762.80 410.46 382.99 378.99

Mac mini Early 2009
2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 346.61 263.88 260.17 258.97
5400 RPM 780.43 429.85 411.45 400.23

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"Nova Bench" Results

NovaBench is a popular component benchmark application for Mac OS X and Windows Mac minis that tests and compares hardware and graphics capabilities. It is available for free from the Mac App Store.

Results are the overall score achieved. Higher results are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.6 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 1038 1067 1110 1132 1174
5400 RPM 1029 1073 1078 1094 1135

Mac mini Server Late 2012
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini6,2)

OWC 6G SSD 987 998 1037 1052 1098
5400 RPM 934 975 1014 1015 1054

Mac mini Late 2012
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini6,1)

OWC 6G SSD 677 687 727 743 749
5400 RPM 638 664 695 713 737

Mac mini Server Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,3)

OWC 6G SSD 812 828 869 887 914
5400 RPM 744 791 798 842 890

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.7 GHz Quad Core i7 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 763 797 813 823 838
5400 RPM 727 736 762 772 818

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.5 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,2)

OWC 6G SSD 746 748 773 796 818
5400 RPM 692 718 736 756 775

Mac mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz Quad Core i5 (Macmini5,1)

OWC 6G SSD 452 516 580 615 632 642
5400 RPM 572 603 624 639 652 680

Mac mini Server Mid 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 404 424 449 480 496
5400 RPM 394 418 434 457 472

Mac mini Mid 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 381 387 406 419
5400 RPM 358 367 388 412

Mac mini Server Late 2009
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 393 404 423
5400 RPM 374 394 408

Mac mini Late 2009
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 368 394 418
5400 RPM 323 381 401

Mac mini Early 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 341 354 376 389
5400 RPM 314 327 346 358

Mac mini Early 2009
2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (Macmini3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 320 332 353 365
5400 RPM 300 304 330 356

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