Apple’s low-end 8-core iMac Pro benchmarked running pro apps

“Here is the 8-core iMac Pro running popular pro apps compared to our gaggle of competing Macs,” Rob Art Morgan writes for Bare Feats. “We will add the 10-core results to the graphs as soon as we have them.”

The machines involved:

iMac Pro 8c Vega64 – AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB) GPU inside the 2017 iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-Core Xeon W-2140B CPU

nMP 8c D700s – AMD FirePro D700s (6GB each) GPUs installed in the 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Xeon E5-1680 v2 CPU; TB2 port connected to the LG UltraFine 5K display

cMP 12c Vega64 – AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8GB) GPU installed in 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680 with DisplayPort of GPU connected to a Dell 5K display.

iMac 5K Pro580 – AMD Radeon Pro 580 (8GB) inside the 2017 iMac Pro 5K 4.2GHz Quad Core i7 (7700K).

“The ‘low-end’ iMac Pro continues to show its muscle in these ‘classic’ pro app benchmarks,” Morgan writes. “The message is that you can be assured it will perform at a pro level.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. I am so looking forward to the Mac Pro (hopefully) in 2018. I love the reviews on the iMac Pro — which gives me some hope for a great desktop on the upcoming MP. I am so ready to update my 2013 Mac Pro.

  2. Also it looks to me that while the iMac 5k lagged in the “benchmark tests” posted on the 28th, it performed quite well in these “real world” tests. Maybe one could buy a maxed out iMac 5k rather then a “low end” iMac Pro and do very well while saving some money that could go to a nice second monitor or external GPU box. I’ve got think about that for a while…..

    1. If I had it all to do over again, only the memory capacity would make me think twice about the iMac Pro vs iMac 5K route.

      One of the main reasons I purchased the iMac Pro was to improve the performance of the Eagle PCB layout software (v7.7.0 — the last non-subscription version). Even with 20 threads enabled it only ran slightly faster than my MBP (original retina version — five years old at this point). That was a bit disappointing.

      Yet to try out Final Cut Pro. Maybe that will make make my head giddy. However, going with a fully equipped iMac 5K and an external GPU box would probably work fine for most applications I use. Only the 64GB RAM (expandable to 128GB should I ever need it/could afford it) makes the iMac Pro look that the better deal; but worth twice the price? Not sure.

    2. This is exactly what I did. If my work demanded more 3D rendering, I would have sprung out for the iMac Pro. But the 2017 5K iMac has proven to be enough computer for my current needs. Not to mention that only a small subset of all applications will really make the iMac Pro shine. If you use these to make a living, then you can justify the cost. In my case, I simply could not.

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