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.