Shootout: Apple’s Mac Pro 16-Core vs. iMac Pro 18-Core

How does the top 18-Core iMac Pro stack up against the 16-Core Mac Pro? Bare Feats‘ Rob Morgan conducts a shootout between Apple’s Mac Pro 16-Core vs. iMac Pro 18-Core.

Mac Pro vs. iMac Pro. Image: Apple's all new iMac Pro starts at $4999
Apple’s iMac Pro

The two main systems:
• 2019 Mac Pro 16-core 3.20GHz Xeon W-3245 CPU, 96GB of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
• 2017 iMac Pro 18-core 2.3GHz Xeon W-2190B CPU, 128GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU (16GB of HBM2 memory)

Rob Morgan for Bare Feats:

The 18-Core iMac Pro rivals the performance of the 12-Core and 16-Core 2019 Mac Pro tower when it comes to CPU intensive applications.

The cost of the iMac Pro 18-Core configured with 128GB memory, 4TB flash storage, and Pro Vega 64 GPU is $10,949 USD. The 2019 Mac Pro 16-Core with 128GB memory, 4TB flash storage, and one Pro Vega II GPU would cost $13,599 USD. Since the iMac Pro comes with a 5K display, to be fair, you would have to add the cost of the LG UltraFine 5K display to the Mac Pro bringing the total price to $14,899 USD.

On the other hand, the 2019 Mac Pro excels in user serviceable upgrade-ability.

MacDailyNews Note: See the full article for all of the benchmarks here.


  1. My question is, why not make the iMac Pro a little more upgradable?

    What is the point/purpose designing this computer so that the user can’t swap out the RAM or the SSD? There is not a single advantage Apple gains for the functionally of the machine or the user experience.

    It is a desktop with a 27 inch screen, fer cryin’ out loud. It doesn’t need to be light or thin, and it’s certainly never going to be small with a 27 inch screen. Whether the edges are beveled to razor sharp thinness and made out of adamantium is rather irrelevant to its functionality. Therefore, why not take advantage of all that real estate behind the screen and allow for easily swappable RAM (like most other iMacs) and (gasp) easily swappable SSDs?

    And put a USB port on the front (or at least the side) where I can actually see it.

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