Benchmarks confirm Apple’s new top-of-the-line iMac is screamingly fast

“The Intel 8-Core i9 3.6GHz processor is now the top CPU option for the iMac 27-inch,” Rob Morgan writes for Bare Feats. “It’s the first time an 8-core CPU has been offered for the iMac. Plus faster 2666MHz DDR4 memory has been included.”

“Does this new CPU option bring the iMac 27″ closer to the performance of the iMac Pro?” Morgan writes. “Geekbench Browser says a resounding ‘YES!'”

• 2019 iMac 27-inch with 3.6GHz 8-core Core i9: 37,863 Multi-Core score
• 2017 iMac Pro with 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon W-2140B: 34,904 Multi-Core score

“Depending on how the metrics translate to real-world GPU intense actions, the Pro Vega 48 should be 32% to 118% faster than the Pro 580X,” Morgan writes. “Whether those gains are worth the $450 premium is for you to decide.”

iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.
iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.

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    1. Uh, what year are you writing from? This article is about the top-of-the-line 27″ iMac which has a 1 TB FUSION HD as the default storage option. A Fusion Drive include a fairly large (128GB SSD) and a conventional physical spinning platter drive. They’re fast.

      1. I’d heard that the 1TB Fusion Drives use a 32GB SSD. The 2TB and 3TB Fusion Drives come with a 128GB SSD. I read a couple of articles a year or so back stating that. Anyway, everyone says to stay away from mechanical drives and go with a 1TB SSD which is the fastest and most trouble free way to go.

  1. I don’t mind Apple offering older tech on their default iMacs just as long as it can be upgraded to some modern tech even if I have to pay for it. I’d rather Apple be able to move the cheaper models for people who can barely afford Apple computers. Those default iMac models are still more expensive than similarly spec’ed Windows PCs from other companies.

    This is Apple we’re talking about and they’re not going to be losing profits to make consumers happy. Everything good is going to cost more in an Apple product. Get over it. At least Apple is giving me the option to spend more for the best goodies. I also wish things like fans could be upgraded. I’d pay a premium for high-capacity fans in an iMac.

  2. If a brand new Mac didn’t outperform the previous model, then the only explanation may be that somebody let Jony near it, and he whacked off a few millimeters in order to make his desktop product fit his lifestyle.

    If you are a pro, you probably care much more about sustained multicore performance but let’s first look at single core Geekbnech scores for a rough gauge on what is the snappiest Mac:

    2019 iMac i9-9900K @ 3.6 GHz = 6157
    2017 iMac i7-7700K @ 4.2 GHz = 5800
    2018 Mac Mini i7-8700B @ 3.2 GHz = 5660
    2018 MacBook Pro i9-8950HK @ 2.9 GHz = 5345
    2017 iMac Pro Xeon W-2150B @ 3.0 GHz = 5321
    2013 Mac Pro Trashcan Xeon E5-1680 @ 3.0 GHz = 3851

    Great, new Macs are snappy. Now let’s compare multicore performance on workstations:

    2017 iMac Pro Xeon W-2191B 18 core @ 2.3 GHz = 47775
    2017 iMac Pro Xeon W-2150B 10 core @ 3.0 GHz = 35919
    2013 Mac Pro Trashcan Xeon E5-2697 12 core @ 2.7 GHz = 27303
    2013 Mac Pro Trashcan Xeon E5-1680, 8 core @ 3.0 GHz = 23452

    wow isn’t that great. I wonder how Linx and Windoze boxes compare…..

    2018 Dell Precision 7920 Xeon 8160, 48 core @3.7 GHz = 84624
    2018 Dell Precision 7920 Xeon 6136, 24 core @ 3.0 GHz = 75492
    2018 Dell Precision 7920 Xeon 6128, 12 core @ 3.4 GHz = 39531
    2018 Dell Precision 7920 Xeon 6144, core @ 3.5 GHz = 32052

    I will let interested people do their own price matching appropriate to their own purposes, but as you all know Apple The Fashion House has developed a nasty reputation for price gouging its formerly loyal users while simultaneously forcing unacceptable hardware tradeoffs and user-unfriendly limitations.

    Any other questions?

    1. About performance you are right Mike, I am not going to verify every number in your comment but I assume they are right.

      This is a reality we need to face. With a Mac, you get the best system overall but with a PC you get the top performance on super powerful applications, and also you have the option to build your own system, at your own risk.

      I had to choose the last October to wait and see what Apple had to offer in the next set of upgrades for the Mac or to order the 4 key components on my custom made PC. I upgraded my PC and it is now more powerful than the 4000+ now top iMac 27. This is because I included an Nvidia RTX 2070. It is more powerful where it counts for me.

      Now, I still use my top 2013 iMac 27, all day long and my PC is for those situations where I need absolute power or the Nvidia GPU. This is my way to handle all these Mac and PC discrepancies. I have 2 powerful machines and I have to support each. But yes I would prefer to have just one.

      And finally, while we are at these topics in 2019 still there is no mention from Apple about the “mythical” modular Mac Pro. For these personal cycle, I will pass anyway as I already solved my problem.

  3. Sorry, “next set of upgrades for the Mac”, I mean updates.

    And “the 4000+ now top iMac 27″… this is in regards with the price, as those 4 components were about $1400.

    So this was my choice. Get a Mac powerful enough for must of my projects and a PC for top performance, options and price

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