Engadget reviews Apple iMac with Retina 5K display: ‘In a league of its own’

“Though the new 27-inch iMac with Retina display has the same overall design as Apple’s previous all-in-ones, it ushers in a 14.7-million-pixel 5K display with screen resolution of 5,120 x 2,880. That’s seven times as many pixels as 1080p, and 67 percent more than you’ll find even on a 4K panel,” Dana Wollman writes for Engadget. “I’m not exaggerating when I say there’s nothing like it. As it is, you’d be hard-pressed to find a 4K all-in-one, and meanwhile, here’s this machine from Apple, with enough pixels to view a 4K video at full resolution, and still have room left onscreen for other stuff, like the Final Cut Pro dashboard. Needless to say, it’s in a league — and price class — of its own. ”

“The Retina display iMac is the best all-in-one desktop you can buy right now, and yes, the $2,499 seems fair, considering the amazing display,” Wollman writes. “For people who are serious about their photos, and serious about their videos, this new model is in a class of its own. There’s simply nothing else like it — no other 5K all-in-one, not even a 4K machine that would come sort of close.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    1. The tough thing is unless Apple has been hiding some specs there is no other Mac that can run a monitor that size directly yet. Other solutions, like treating it as two monitors, tend to be glitchy. That is why Apple had to create a custom chip to drive the screen.

      So you might need to upgrade your Mac when the Thunderbolt 5K monitor debuts.

  1. 5k retina displays are not coming for awhile. The current Macs out will most likely not support them when they are released. Current thunderbolt tech isn’t powerful enough to drive a 5k retina. The reason they can get away with this on the iMac, and the reason the iMac doesn’t support target display mode, is because this iMac has custom integration with the display at an extremely low level. A custom timing controller and other engineering feats to make it all work.

    When a 5k retina stand alone display is released, it will require new thunderbolt tech and a new chipset in the Mac driving it.

    I am ordering this iMac in a couple of weeks, and it will tide me over well until next gen Mac Pros capable of driving such a display are released.

    1. I’m not sure where that image came from, but I’m pretty certain it did NOT come from a PC running Windows with an 8k display connected to it.

      Over the last few weeks, rumours have been circulating about Windows 9 (since renamed Windows 10) will possibly support 8k displays, since most recent developer versions of Windows seem to have ultra-high resolution system icons, which imply screen pixel width of some 8k pixels.

      Today, though, no Google search for anything related to Windows, gaming and 8K displays yields any information.

      Until the above poster provides links to definitive confirmation of his statement above, the post is officially classified as bull$h!t (by me). And no, an alleged screenshot from some game doesn’t confirm anything.

        1. Good luck not throwing the whole state of the art Windows setup out in the trash when you try to play it at the 2-3 frames per second reported.

          Making something that displays 8k with 2-3 fps is much different that a production ready game “running” at 8k. I wouldn’t say that Crysis 3 “runs” at 8k. It’s a gimmick.

    2. Nonsense. Some hack ran a machine with software up scaling at 2 frames per second. Try and buy an 8K monitor! And at what price ????? There are games or gamers on the PC running 8K. Even the articles about this stuff admit it will likely be a decade before anything like this comes to fruition. Price any gaming PC and a monitor as good as this iMac and it’ll be far more expensive. The PC world is shrinking, and Apple just launched another torpedo.

      1. Well Crysis 3 only natively supports 1080p and lower. The guy who took this screenshot had to write a patch for it to get it to run at native resolution on 8K hardware.

        So of course textures are going to look jagged on a game running in 8K that wasn’t designed to run at 8K.

        But it’s still doable. And if I didn’t know any better, I would say that’s a photo of a real life human being.

    3. This game render was done just an experiment – it’s not playable on any existing system. According to the person who rendered it:

      “There is no practical reason at this point in time to render a game in 8K. Currently, 4K is the upper practical limit for anything but taking screenshots.”

      That was posted in July. If it was posted today today, he might have said “5K is upper practical limit” because that can at least be played on an iMac.

    1. I’m using a 3TB Fusion Drive on my (now previous gen) iMac and it compares favorably with the 512 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD I had in the machine before this one.

      It’s really the best of both worlds: speed AND space.

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