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I know that my Windows PC can get pretty loud, especially while I'm doing GPU rendering. Doing the BMW scene in a little over 6 minutes through rosetta with other apps running in the background is pretty damn incredible. Most higher end consumer machines do it in around 5:30 on native code.
If you really want to see how good it can do, grab the latest version of Blender (2.90), download the car scene, then when it opens up, hit F12 (or go to the Render dropdown, and select Render Image at the top of the menu), then let it roll, nothing else running in the background. It'll tell you the final render time at the top of the popup window when it's done rendering. That's about the best way to find out exactly how fast it is.
The 2.9 version errors out. There seems to be a bug.
By the way I am using the base model with just 8GB of memory. The 16GB/1TB version I ordered is still a couple of weeks away. I suspect the additional memory will make it even snappier. I am very impressed with it and keeping it my main office machine. I am right now working on a video in Final Cut and it’s just flying. In fact, I have yet to notice any meaningful difference between the mini and the iMac, aside from rendering a 3D in Photoshop which is way slower on the mini. Like 30 min on the iMac versus 1 hour and 40 minutes. The Pro 5700XT is the differentiating factor no doubt.