I would like to know if for my type of work which is mainly recording classical music by the use of Pro Tools including a Merging Horus (16ch at 32Bit/96kHz) if there is a need to spend more money on a 6-core i7 or is an i5 sufficient.

In fact, this is approaching the power of the new iMac Pro and blows away some of the older Mac Pro desktops. Benchmark results for the Mac mini (Late 2018) with an Intel Core i3-8100B processor can be found below.

The new 2018 Mac mini can now be configured with a 6 Core 3.2Ghz Intel Core i7 8th Generation desktop class cpu for $1299. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.

Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using pre-production 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini systems with 64GB of RAM and 2TB SSD, and shipping 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini systems with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD.

Processor: Intel Core i3-8100 quad-core CPU / Intel Core i5-8500B six-core CPU (configurable with Intel Core i7-8700B six-core CPU) Autodesk Maya 2018 tested using a 144.8MB scene. Apple Mac Mini 3.2ghz 6-core Intel i7 16gb-64gb 128gb-2tb SSD New 2018 Model $1,269.00 LIGHTLY USED 2018 3.2GHZ i7 6-CORE 10GB-E Apple Mac Mini 32GB RAM 512GB SSD

... Not sure if the current Mac Mini specs go that far though.

This is a high-end powerful desktop cpu that blows away the performance of the previous laptop class chips.

Complete technical specifications for every Apple Mac using the Intel Core i7 processor are listed below for your convenience. Sure, the 2014 Mac mini started at $500, but the $799 entry point on 2018's machine, apart from the too-modest dollop of storage, delivers enough speed, … Adobe Photoshop 19.1.6 tested using a 10GB file and rotate, unsharp mask, auto color, and scale functions.

2018 Mac mini specs.

Your Mac mini comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Refurbished: Apple Mac Mini Desktop - Intel Core i5-4260U 1.4GHz, 4GB LPDDR3 Memory, 500GB HDD, ThunderBolt, MacOS v10.14 Mojave - A1347 MGEM2LL/A (2014-2018) Form Factor: Mini PC Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 Computer: 2018 Mac Mini, 3.2 GHz 6-CORE I7, 32 GB RAM, UHD 630 Graphics, 1 Tb SSD I originally had the CRG9 hooked up via HDMI and was only able to achieve 3840x1020 @ 59.99 Hz via HDMI and that was only after I used the scaled resolution.

Mac Mini 2018 6-core i5 vs i7.

The data on this chart is gathered from user-submitted Geekbench 5 results from the Geekbench Browser. Geekbench 5 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1000 (which is the score of an Intel Core i3-8100). For other processors, please refer to the main By Processor page.