When Apple introduced the M1-powered devices, it made new claims about the performance and energy efficiency of those systems compared to Intel models. One of these claims is the much lower power consumption of the Apple Mac mini with the M1 chip compared to similar models with the Intel processor.
Equipped with the M1 chip, the 2020 Mac mini consumes 39 watts of high voltage, while the 2018 Mac mini with the six-core Intel Core i7 processor consumes 122 watts of power at high pressure. Also, the Mac Mini 2020 consumes 7 watts in idle mode and the previous generation consumes 20 watts of power.
This consumption rate with respect to all its components including memory, storage space and connection controllers it will be counted.
The M1 chip now works so well that Apple can use it on a MacBook Air without installing a fan. However, the power consumption of the M1 silicon has been unclear so far, and its better performance against the Intel processor has only been determined using graphs.
The 2018 Mac Mini, which had an Intel processor, although one of the most powerful computers of its time, is the company’s most used Mac mini. Also, Apple’s first-generation Mac mini, which had a G4 single-core processor, consumed 32 watts in idle mode and 85 watts in active mode.
Intel, on the other hand, claims that it will perform better in the coming years and return to its former glory with improved x86 chips, even if Apple had relied entirely on its own chip by then.