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iMAC Pro Review,Price And Specifications

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Let’s be honest. Just like when the iPhone 5 crashed, you want the iMac Pro because it’s Space Gray. That phone was a substantial but reasonable update; The same can not be said about the iMac Pro.


This is an extraordinarily powerful machine that far exceeds the needs of all but a few selected users. It is the first ‘Pro’ product from Apple that will only be purchased by professionals with the need for its high-end internal components.

Available with eight almost unhealthy cores to an almost incomprehensible 18, this is the Mac update that the professional world has been crying out for, except that probably all would be in the form of a new Mac Pro, to be expected this year.

Instead, a new line of Apple products is born in the iMac Pro. But you have five great extras?

iMAC Pro Price

 


The iMac costs from $6866 in the USA. This price offers the base model with a configurable RAM of 32 GB, storage of 1 TB and processor Intel Xeon W of 8 cores.

Apple allows you to set it up at the point of purchase, and the full iMac Pro will return a touch of more than $18,500.

As you have already denied, this is a lot. We usually do not review expensive computers but, you know, it’s Apple, and this is an important product in its history.

The model we had to review was the version of £9,188, with 10-core 3GHz Xeon processor, 2TB storage, 128GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics with 16GB of memory plus Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 in that attractive Space Gray.

As we will explore, this is excessive for everyone, except for the higher level of Apple’s intended user base.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

 


The striking appearance of the iMac Pro is enough to get attention. At Apple stores around the world, staff will be asked “why is that gray?”, Which will inevitably cause exclamations when the price is mentioned.

But it’s a beauty, despite being dimensionally identical to the more recent 27-inch iMac. It is not difficult to expose something darker, but the iMac Pro looks amazing in its new tone, and that exclusive familiar of Apple boils inside you when you look at it for the first time.

The unit itself is a stand-alone machine house, with the 10 cores of our review unit sitting quite in the convex housing, interrupted in the back only for the connection of the power cable and the ports.

The curved support, which is still magnificent, keeps everything reliably in place and also makes it very easy to adjust the angle of the screen. The bevels around the screen have not shrunk, but this is less important on a desktop computer than on a phone or tablet.

The unit also hides its speakers in the back, housed as they are usually towards the bottom of the long slots.

With 9.7 kg it is a heavy machine, but the fact that all the calculation power is in a mobile unit without a tower is still incredible, and it is quite easy to move it to a different room if necessary.

Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 in the box are the same as you would get with the last iMac. The first one has a lower keystroke than the traditional one, but it gives a quick typing experience, nonetheless. The Magic Mouse 2 must be redesigned, but many professional users (and even lighter users) may opt for the precision and control offered by the Logitech MX Master 2S.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is also a new subtle shade of gray and is excellent to use, since the full pad uses Force Touch haptics, as in the new MacBook pads instead of physical clicks. It may not be a total mouse replacement for some, but we are attracted to it to navigate the lush 27-inch monitor more often than expected.

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You should not buy the iMac Pro just because you like the color, but it is good to have it if you need the specifications and the computer feels innovative despite the design not new.

(But, nerds, you get a black Lightning cable that you can not buy separately anywhere.) It’s great.)

SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES

 


Where to start? The iMac Pro is highly configurable and gets pretty fast. Regular iMacs can have four cores, which are already many; In the iMac Pro, you have the option of eight, 10, 14 or 18. Unless you are a professional experienced in the representation of graphics or video, you are unlikely to know what to opt for by simply looking at the spec sheet.

Processor
The base of iMac Pro comes with an Intel Xeon W processor with 8 cores and 3.2 GHz, which can be extended through Turbo Boost up to 4.2 GHz. These Xeon W processors (the W is for workstation) should be your primary choice over an iMac with a Core i7 or i5 if you run many multi-threaded applications, the main example of which is Adobe Photoshop.

This lower level model pushes £5,000 and will be enough if you want to use an iMac that will last a few solid years: apart from RAM, which is not updatable by the user, the iMac Pro cannot be updated at all, so proceed carefully.

The benefit of buying more cores is not a matter of absolute power. For example, the 10-core iMac Pro we tested has a lower base speed than the 8 cores, but when fewer cores are needed for certain processes, it can be activated and moved at higher maximum speed.

  • 8-core iMac Pro: works at 3.2GHz; can reach 4.2GHz (base)
  • 10-core iMac Pro: works at 3.0 GHz; can reach 4.5GHz (+ £ 720)
  • 14-core iMac Pro: works at 2.5 GHz; can reach 4.3 GHz (+ £ 1,440)
  • 18-core iMac Pro: works at 2.3GHz; can reach 4.3GHz (+ £ 2,160)

The 14-core and 18-core versions can provide 28 and 36 execution threads, respectively, to help professionals with the most demanding daily tasks.

That’s a big advantage, whichever one you choose, and Apple has ensured that only our strenuous benchmarks and high-level multiprocess application work make fans start buzzing.

This is just because Apple has added a better thermal design to the iMac Pro with a dual fan system that offers 75 percent more airflow, resulting in a silent killer of a workstation, so you do not sweat (which, hopefully, will).

RAM

If you choose iMac Pro, you will get ECC RAM over the standard RAM that you will find in the rest of the iMac line. ECC (error correction code) offers greater reliability when it comes to longer renders and intense computer processes. This is only available with the Xeon W chips and the Intel Core i9 standard processors.

The low model comes with 32 GB of ECC RAM as standard, but you can upload this to 64 or 128 GB. However, choose carefully in the purchase, because although RAM is the only component that can be updated in the iMac Pro after the purchase, you will still have to do it through an Apple, service provider.

It has a reasonable impact on the price, although with updates that cost £ 720 or a whopping £ 2,160 over the base price.

Storage

Your storage options are, fortunately, less complex. A standard 1TB SSD can be increased to 2 or 4TB, but at a price of £ 720 or £ 2,520, respectively.

Many of the upgrade options in the iMac Pro will damage the bank account a bit, but compared to the usual consumer market, this particular price increase is irritating; 4TB SSDs can cost half of what Apple charges here.

That’s a big advantage, whichever one you choose, and Apple has ensured that only our strenuous benchmarks and high-level multiprocess application work make fans start buzzing.

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This is because a thermal design was added to the iMac Pro with two fans system that offers 75% more airflow, resulting in a silent killer of a workstation, so you do not sweat (which, hopefully, will).

Screen
If you have not put your eyes on a 5K screen before, it’s a real pleasure. The iMac Pro is not the first iMac to have one, but the 27 centimeters are incredible. The distribution of light (up to 500 nits) is perfect in all its resolution of 5120×2880 with support for, apparently, one billion colors with a wide range of P3 colors.

Apple does, but you should not label this as a Retina display. He has been doing it with products since the iPhone 4 of 2010. The screen here deserves better than that piece of lazy marketing.

It shows all kinds of complete and completely brilliant content, from the simple Word document to full CAD renderings, high-level graphic design, and 4K video. Just remember that the screen is available from £ 1,749 on the regular iMac line if it is a key element.

Ports and connectivity

Fortunately, the iMac Pro does not unnecessarily lose the ports where the MacBook line has recently. You get an SDXC card slot, headphone jack, 4x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C, 3x USB-A 3.0 and an Ethernet port that supports 10Gb speeds.

Thunderbolt 3 allows high-speed data connections between iMac Pro and SSDs or external graphics cards; the latter is something you may need depending on the task, even if you upgrade to the best AMD card initially.

These Thunderbolt ports allow DisplayPort 1.2 and connections up to 40Gbps, while the USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 slots are not slouched at 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI and VGA are compatible here, but you’ll need one of the adapters from Apple’s growing range.

As usual, the ports are mounted on the back, which keeps the design nice and clean in the front, but often makes it difficult to plug things in.

Audio

The speakers in the iMac Pro are impressive for a system in the unit, but they are not a big deal. If you’ve used speakers in an iMac before, you know what you’re getting: audio decent enough to enjoy music and movie viewing, but nothing dynamic enough to produce music: you’ll want to connect your stereo speakers even in a so expensive machine.

PERFORMANCE AND BENCHMARKS

 


After all that, how well does this work? Our 10-core revision unit and 128 GB of RAM is very well suited as a performance marker since its configuration means that you can achieve the highest possible Turbo Boost speed in the entire 4.5 GHz range.

The majority compares to the 2017 27in Core i7 iMac. These are the results, which were executed in the patched software for both machines after the update following the vulnerabilities of Meltdown and Specter (High Sierra 10.13.2).

Geekbench 4.3 (64 bit)

Geekbench’s multi-core scores, a test of pure processing power, are significantly higher on the iMac Pro with an angry 36,901. However, keep in mind that the i7 iMac is not far behind and that many users will not need the extra power offered by the £9,188 Pro (the 3,4 GHz iMac represented here costs £1,749).

AJA System Test Lite

This test verifies the performance of the unit. We configure both machines in 5K RED, 4GB, a single file and the disk cache is not abled. Higher scores are better.

Write speed on the iMac Pro is much higher, while the reading speeds are quite comparable. This difference in write speeds can be attributed to the two separate hard drives in each storage configuration.

Unigine Valley

This test evaluates overall performance and stability while working on intense graphical workloads. We use the Extreme HD presets where higher is better. It should be noted that the iMac Pro GPU reaches 91 degrees Celsius at one point during this process. Surprisingly, the thermals treated with it are no problem.

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Cinebench

Add the iMac 5K end of 2015 to the mix of popular benchmark Cinebench (stay with us!) The OGL test is so gradual as expected in the update, but the result is amazing rendering with 2,023.

This is the second time in our tests only for the Lenovo ThinkStation P900, which only got 40 percent more because it had two 10-core chips. Then the iMac Pro works incredibly well here.

After the effects

Using the CineWare plugin, our final test was with Adobe After Effects 2018 to give an idea of the overall graphics processing. This measures the time needed to complete the tasks, so it is the only test here where the lowest scores are better.

The iMac Pro completes the tasks in less than half the time of the Core i7 iMac.

These benchmark results show two things. Firstly, there is no doubt that this is the most powerful iMac in history. The second is that you probably do not need power. Only creative professionals who process graphics and process huge video files will see the difference.

If you are working in machine learning, in more basic creative processes, in music production or similar, then you can probably settle for a much more accessible regular iMac.

SOFTWARE


The iMac Pro runs high Sierra macOS with every standard Mac application that you expect to be installed. There is no specialized program that Apple includes in the iMac Pro, and they are the same basic applications that you would find in the cheapest Mac or MacBook of the whole range.

Of course, it’s the industry-specific software that stands out when it boots on this hardware. Apple offers pre-install Final Cut Pro X (£ 299.99) and Logic Pro X (£ 199.99) at the point of purchase, but you can rest assured that the vast majority of software production photos, videos, CAD, and music will be used to run like a dream on the iMac Pro.

Once again, the only question that will know the answer is, do you need the power?

SPECIFICATIONS


iMac Pro: Specifications

  • Intel Xeon processor cores 8 W, 3.2 GHz, 4.2 GHz Turbo Boost up, cache 19 MB (configurable to 10 3GHz cores, cores 14 2.5 GHz or 2.3 GHz cores 18)
  • DDR4 RAM from 32 GB to 2666 MHz (configurable to 64 GB or 128 GB)
  • Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor, 8GB of memory (configurable to Vega 64 with 16GB)
  • 1TB of storage SSD (configurable to 2TB or 4TB)
  • Built-in screen of 27 ‘Retina’ 5K, resolution of 5120 x 2880, brightness of 500 nits, wide color (P3)
    1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • Stereo speakers, four microphones
  • 4x USB 3, 4 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C, SDXC, Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • 65cm x 51.6cm x 20.3cm (depth includes support)
  • 9.7kg

SHOULD I BUY iMAC PRO?


The iMac Pro is the most capable Mac product ever assembled. You can tackle all the creative tasks except the most intense ones, and yet your excellent connectivity options allow you to sit at the center of a high-level professional configuration.

Creative professionals will faint and evaluate if they need to spend all that green in all that gray space. Most likely, they will get away with a normal high specification iMac 5K, but cheaper in general.

The main disadvantages are the fact that it is not updatable by the user, but if you need it, you must buy a PC or wait for the next Mac Pro.


If not seek render or process any large file format, simply do not need to spend much money on the iMac Pro, since all those cores will sit at your desk decidedly unused, even if it succeeds. You that black Lightning cable.

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