The new iMac Pro has arrived!
Six months after its initial announcement, the long-awaited, super-powered iMac Pro is available and, according to Apple, ready to rock the world of even the most demanding Mac users.
Hailed as Apple’s most powerful desktop PC ever, its arrival means Apple has kept its promise to deliver before the end of 2017. This is a significant result for Apple given they have reneged on more than a couple of pledges over the past few years, leaving loyal pro users feeling alienated and unappreciated.
Events such as the release of Final Cut X, three years of silence around the replacement of the Mac Pro and the disappointing MacBook Pro (dongles? .. need we say more!) certainly did nothing to reassure pro users they were at the centre of Apple’s strategy.
The iMac Pro was announced way back in June 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference and has been created to meet the needs of creative professionals with demanding workflows that require high-spec processing, graphics, and display capabilities. Running the latest macOS High Sierra software, it is the first Mac to offer support for virtual reality headsets and is compatible with HTC Vive.
CPU – The iMac Pro we now know uses the Intel Xeon W processor. Offered with 8, 10, 14 and 18 core chips available as optional configurations with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB of cache. The 8-core models multi-core performance is approx 22 percent faster than a current iMac and the 10-core model is about 41 percent faster.
GPU – As standard, the iMac Pro comes with Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics with 8GB of HBM2. For even greater performance and graphics memory it can be upgraded to the Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory. Powered by the AMD Vega graphics architecture, featuring a new GPU compute core that delivers up to 11 teraflops of single-precision and 22 teraflops of half-precision computing. With second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) delivering over 400Gb/s of memory bandwidth, and an advanced geometry engine for outstanding 3D performance, Vega produces higher frame rates for virtual reality environments, lifelike special effects, real-time 3D rendering and more.
RAM – Up to 128GB. The iMac Pro can be configured with up to 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory to reduce errors in data.
Storage – SSD as standard. The iMac Pro can be configured with up to 4TB of internal SSD storage with 3GB/s throughput.
Display – The built in 27-inch 5K retina display will support 1 billion colors with a P3 wide colour gamut and is up to 43 percent brighter than previous iMac displays.
Ethernet – For the first time the iMac will come with 10Gb Ethernet as standard. The iMac Pro includes a 10Gb Ethernet port supporting Nbase-T industry-standard 1Gb, 2.5Gb, and 5Gb link speeds.
Thunderbolt 3 – There are four Thunderbolt 3 ports built into the iMac Pro, which can power up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the first time. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s.
Availability – The iMac PRO is available to order now and currently shows a shipping time of 1 to 2 weeks.
Billed as Apple’s most powerful desktop computer ever, whether it can justify the £4899 entry level cost is yet to be seen. At a basic level, you will get an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. In addition, you get a Radeon Vega GPU with 8GB of RAM.
The top-end models will ship in the new year. A fully maxed out model features an 18 Core Xeon W processor and a jaw-dropping 128GB of RAM. The hard drive is an astonishing 4TB and the Radeon Vega GPU comes with 10-Cores, 128GB of RAM. The top model comes in at a jaw-dropping £12,428.00!
Some of you will love the iMac Pro it is, without doubt, an amazing machine. You may choose to wait for the new Mac Pro and the modular flexibility it is likely to offer. But for now, the iMac Pro may be the best choice for pro-level creative professionals needing something supercharged.
If you are looking for new post-production, animation, architecture or rendering workstations you may reject the Mac platform altogether. If this sounds like you, you should consider customisable hardware from the likes of Strongbox Technologies to perform key tasks in your creative process.
If you would like to find out whether the new iMac Pro is right for you or to discuss your next workstation, please call us on 0800 007 3040