“I’ve compared the latest generation of Mac minis against the previous two generations of Mac Minis,” Primate Labs reports. “The Sandy Bridge processors in the new Mac mini provides a tremendous boost in performance: the quad-core Mac mini server is 2.3x faster than the previous Mac mini while the dual-core Mac minis are 1.6x to 1.9x faster. Another interesting thing is that the Mac mini server has roughly the same performance as the entry-level Mac Pro. While this will not hold true after the next Mac Pro update (which is overdue), it’s impressive to see Apple’s smallest computer provide comparable performance to Apple’s largest computer!”
“I’ve compared the latest generation of MacBook Airs against not only the previous generations of MacBook Airs, but also against the current generation of MacBook Pros,” Primate Labs reports. “Like the Mac mini, the new Sandy Bridge processors provide a tremendous performance boost to the MacBook Air lineup: the 13-inch MacBook Air is 1.9x faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Air, while the 11-inch MacBook Air is an incredible 2.6x faster. The Core i7-based MacBook Air is almost as fast as the Core i5-based MacBook Pro.”
Full benchmarks in the full article here.