The folks at Mac Mini Vault have benchmarked and torn down the new Mac Minis. The Mac Mini's £499, 2.5GHz Core i5 Ivy Bridge configuration racked up a Geekbench score of 7433 straight out of the box. That's impressive considering last year's Sandy Bridge i5 Mac Mini refresh has a standing average of 6323 on the Geekbench.
In fact, that score is higher than basically all of the Sandy Bridge configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It's even higher than a 21-inch iMac from last year. Of course, we'll have to wait for more results to come in before we know for sure just how powerful these little computers are. As for the way the guts look under the hood; the new Mac Mini's have unchanged, aluminium unibody cases, and everything looks pretty much the same inside. [Mac Mini Vault via 9to5Mac]