M1 Mac mini vs. 2021 ROG Strix G15: Full specs comparison

We have comprehensively compared the specifications for the M1 Mac mini and 2021 ROG Strix G15 models. The report includes detailed information regarding both models' CPU, memory, storage, battery life, display quality, and other features.

M1 Mac mini Pros

Reasons that M1 Mac mini is better than 2021 ROG Strix G15.

About 44% lighter

M1 Mac mini weighed 2.6 pounds, 44% lighter than the 4.63 pounds 2021 ROG Strix G15.

WeightM1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Pound
2.6 lbs.
4.63 lbs.
Kilogram
1.18 kg
2.10 kg

2021 ROG Strix G15 Pros

Reasons that 2021 ROG Strix G15 is better than M1 Mac mini.

Supports larger memory

The 2021 ROG Strix G15 supports a larger memory capacity than the M1 Mac mini. It supports up to 32GB versus 16GB of system memory on the M1 Mac mini.

Max system memory size
2021 ROG Strix G15
32 GB
M1 Mac mini
16 GB
Upgradable memory

The 2021 ROG Strix G15 comes with two SODIMM slots that allow you to replace or upgrade when needed. On the flip side, you can't upgrade RAM on the M1 Mac mini since it has onboard memory.

MemoryM1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Slots
Onboard
x2
TypeUnifiedDDR4
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 vs. integrated

Upgradable storage

The 2021 ROG Strix G15 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device.

SlotsM1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
M.2
Onboard
Yes x2

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between M1 Mac mini and 2021 ROG Strix G15.

Similar CPU performance

Both laptops has a similar multi-core CPU performance score.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
2021 ROG Strix G15 - AMD Ryzen 9-5900HX
7,663
M1 Mac mini - Apple M1 (8C, 8G)
7,414
2021 ROG Strix G15 - AMD Ryzen 7-5800H
7,098
2021 ROG Strix G15 - AMD Ryzen 7-4800H
6,440
2021 ROG Strix G15 - AMD Ryzen 5-5600H
5,476

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

M1 Mac mini Price
Mac mini Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD MGNR3LL/A (Renewed)
Mac mini Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD MGNR3LL/A (Renewed)
By Apple
$384.00
Apple 2023 Mac Mini Desktop Computer M2 chip with 8‑core CPU and 10‑core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 256GB SSD Storage, Gigabit Ethernet. Works with iPhone/iPad
Apple 2023 Mac Mini Desktop Computer M2 chip with 8‑core CPU and 10‑core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 256GB SSD Storage, Gigabit Ethernet. Works with iPhone/iPad
By Apple
$499.00
$599.00 17% OFF
Mac mini Desktop Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 512GB SSD (Renewed)
Mac mini Desktop Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 512GB SSD (Renewed)
By Apple
$399.99
$719.95 44% OFF
2021 ROG Strix G15 Price
2021 Asus ROG Strix G15 GL 15.6" FHD 240Hz Gaming Laptop, 10th Gen Intel 8-Core i7-10870H Upto 5.0 GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, RGB Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10
2021 Asus ROG Strix G15 GL 15.6" FHD 240Hz Gaming Laptop, 10th Gen Intel 8-Core i7-10870H Upto 5.0 GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, RGB Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10
By ASUS
$849.99
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 300Hz IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, AMD Ryzen R7-5800H, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, Black, G513QE-ES76
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 300Hz IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, AMD Ryzen R7-5800H, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, Black, G513QE-ES76
By ASUS
$1,119.00
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6†144Hz IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, G513IC-EB73
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6†144Hz IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, G513IC-EB73
By ASUS
$909.99
$999.99 9% OFF

Availability

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Released20202021
Release DateAnnounced on November 10th, 2020Announced on January 13, 2021 (CES 2021)
Pricing
  • $699
    Apple M1 Chip | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $899
    Apple M1 Chip | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
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Applicable Models-
  • 2021 ROG Strix G15
  • ROG Strix G15 (2021)
  • 2021 ROG Strix G15 G513
Generations

Exterior

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Size Comparison
M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Dimensions7.7” x 7.7” x 1.4” (197 mm x 197 mm x 36 mm)13.94 x 10.20 x 0.89 - 1.07” (354 x 259 x 22.6 ~ 27.2 mm)
Weight2.6 lb (1.2 kg)4.63 lbs (2.10 kg)
Colors
Silver
Original Black Eclipse Gray Electro Punk
Keyboard and Trackpad-
  • Full-size backlit keyboard
    ROG Overstroke Calibrated Keystrokes N-Key Rollover Aura Sync Bigger arrow keys Gaps between function keys
  • Hotkeys 
    Volume down volume up mute HyperFan Armoury Crate
  • RGB Lighting Options
    Per-Key RGB lighting 4 x Zone RGB lighting
  • Touchpad with integrated Numpad
    85% larger glass surface matte finish illuminated Numpad

Display

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Size-15.6 Inches
Info-
  • 15.6” FHD 300Hz
    16:9 1920 x 1080 300Hz 3ms 100% sRGB 75% Adobe RGB Non-touch IPS Level Anti-Glare Adaptive-Sync
  • 15.6” WQHD 165Hz 
    16:9 3840 x 2160 165Hz 3ms 100% DCI-P3 Non-touch IPS Level Anti-Glare Adaptive-Sync

Ports

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
M1 Mac mini Ports
Image Source: Apple
Back (8)
  • 1 x power port
  • 1 x RJ-45
    1 Gbps
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
2021 ROG Strix G15 Ports
Image Source: ASUS
Left (3)
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Back (5)
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0b
  • 1 x RJ-45
    1 Gbps
  • 1 x power port

Internal Specs

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Processor
  1. Apple M1
    8 cores, 8 threads, 3.20 GHz, 10W
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.90 → 4.20 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 8MB L3 Cache, 45W
  2. AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 3.30 → 4.20 GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
  3. AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.20 → 4.40 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
  4. AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 4.60 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1
    Apple M1 iGPU
    8 Graphics Cores, 1280 MHz
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    7 Graphics Cores, 1600 MHz
  2. AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600H
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    7 Graphics Cores, 1800 MHz
  3. AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    8 Graphics Cores, 2000 MHz
  4. AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    8 Graphics Cores, 2100 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB
    4266 MHz LPDDR4X onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB
16GB 32GB
Dual-Channel DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM.
2 x SODIMM slots
Discrete Graphics-
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6 VRAM, with ROG Boost up to 1802MHz at 115W (130W with Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM, with ROG Boost up to 1660MHz at 115W (130W with Dynamic Boost).
Storage
  • 256GB 512GB
    SSD
  • Configurable to 1TB or 2TB
512GB 1TB 2TB
M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0.
2 x M.2 SSD slots, supports RAID-0.

Connectivity

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax) 2x2 multi-antenna
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 5.1
Ethernet
10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Gigabit LAN
Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps.

Battery

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Size-
56Wh 90Wh
4-cell lithium-ion battery.
Battery Life-Up to 12 hours of video playback.
Power Supply150W built-in power supply
  • 240W
      ø6.0 mm power adapter.
  • 100W
      USB-C power adapter.
  • Supports fast charging technology with up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Software

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
OSShipped with macOS Catalina
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Armoury Crate GameVisual Aura Creator Scenario Profiles

Camera & Audio

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
Camera-No Built-in camera.
Audio
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • HDMI 2.0 port supports multichannel audio output
  • Speakers
    • 2 x 4W speaker with Smart Amp Technology.
    • 2.8x Louder Volume.
    • 3x More Bass.
    • 6.5dBa Dynamic Range.
  • Microphones
    • Built-in array microphone.
    • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation.

Misc

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
In the box
  • Mac mini
  • Power cord
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WarrantyYour Mac mini comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. 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.-
MoreVideo Support
  • Simultaneously supports up to two displays:
    • One display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt and one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0
  • Thunderbolt 3 digital video output supports
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI 2.0 display video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
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Key Features

M1 Mac mini2021 ROG Strix G15
At Glance
Released in Late
2020
Weight
2.6 lb
1.18 kg
Powered By
Apple M1 (8C, 8G)
8C/8T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,705
Single Core
Geekbench 5
7,414
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 iGPU
8 Graphics Cores, 1280 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
Unified Memory
M1 Mac mini Ports
Released in
2021
16:9
15.6”
2160p 165Hz
Weight
4.63 lb
2.10 kg
Up to
AMD Ryzen 9-5900HX
8C/16T, 3.30 → 4.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,416
Single Core
Geekbench 5
7,663
Multi-Core
With integrated
AMD Radeon™ Graphics
8 Graphics Cores, 2100 MHz
Upgradable up to
32GB
3200 MHz DDR4
2021 ROG Strix G15 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3070
8GB GDDR6

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