Back in June at the presentation of Apple for developers, the company showed its new professional monoblock iMac Pro in the color Space Grey and promised that the novelty will go on sale in December 2017. Therefore, in this article we decided to gather all the information about this powerful machine, from its advanced cooling system and impressive performance, to date announcement and price. Also tell about speed of the processor.
What Apple said about the iMac Pro
In April 2017 Vice-President of Apple’s Philip Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus, speaking to reporters acknowledged that the Mac Pro in its current form does not meet the needs of many users and hinted that the company plans to update its product and to surprise its fans. Apple kept his promise and told us a bit about this powerful device at WWDC and showed the new iMac.
- 18-core Xeon processor with cache up to 42 MB
- Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz
- 128 GB RAM (DDR4 ECC)
- 4 TB SSD
- Vega Pro AMD Radeon GPU
- Starting price $5000
- The Presence Of Final Cut Pro
The design of the iMac Pro
New iMac Pro will have better design and very cool color options Space Grey. But that will change not only the appearance: the inside of a computer, Apple had to completely rethink thermal architecture to accommodate the new components. The result of this work will be a new system of coolers, which will increase the cooling capacity by 80%.
Apple says that because of this, it is possible to upgrade the device’s internals without creating problems. The company completely redid the system and designed a completely new architecture for incredible performance in this sleek and. iMac Pro is a huge step forward, and Apple did nothing of the sort until now.
Specifications iMac Pro
Screen with a resolution of 5K
The monoblock will get the same Retina display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880p (5K) as the normal version of the iMac. Unfortunately, the computer is not a touch screen. In April, reporters asked Philip Schiller, if the company plans to add touch screen to the next one and he immediately gave a clear answer: “No.” Later, Craig Federighi added that it makes no sense to do if you have an iPad Pro.
Many wondered whether it would be possible to purchase a new iMac Pro in a larger size than 27 inches. So, most likely, Yes. The company revealed that it intends to release a new display along with the iMac Pro. It will be better than Retina, and most likely will get a screen resolution of 8K.
Apple said that the new iMac Pro will come with 8, 10 or 18-core Xeon processors. This makes it the “most powerful Mac ever created”. The company describes this product as “productive work station”. The power of the GPU – 22 teraflops and a fast memory.
The Xeon processor is well suited for applications with very extensive information. For example, Photoshop files, 4K video, various 3D scenes with textures etc. the Application can also use memory device with ECC (error-correction code), to avoid various errors that can lead to a crash. For example, when rendering video.
During the main speeches, the speaker often spoke about machine learning and other high-performance features to emphasize Pro-nature of the device. The only caveat, which Xeon CPUs will be embedded into new computers.
According to reports in late October, after running different Benchmark tests, the results showed that the new device will be such chipsets: 8-core Xeon W-2140B with a frequency of 3.2 GHz 10-core Xeon processor W-2150B with a clock frequency of 3.0 GHz. 10-core chipset has scored 35917 points in the Multi Core and 5345 – Single Core. And 8-core Xeon W-2140B in Multi Core got 23536 points. While there is no evidence the 18-core chipset.
From these tests it can be concluded that the new device are processors which, at the moment, in the line of Intel. Most likely, they will be made under the order. At the request of the Geekbench founder John Pool resource MacRumours, the chipsets will get a special thermal structure.
At the moment, Apple has not confirmed the presence of these processors in a new device. But most likely, the computers will be shipped with Intel Xeon Purley based on the Skylake architecture.
In the most standard configuration is 32 GB of RAM, but you can also purchase a version with 64 GB and 128 GB. In all models the default is 1 TB built-in storage. But on request, for a fee, will be able to install memory with an incredible 4 TB.
On the iMac Pro will be built in Radeon Pro and Radeon 64 Vega Vega Pro 56 with 16 GB of internal memory, with high capacity. This is the most advanced graphics-for Mac. It will get 11 teraflops of computing power for 3D rendering in real time, and support for high frequency VR.
AMD already has several of its Radeon Vega. It’s two graphics cards for gaming desktop market: the Radeon RX Radeon 64 and Vega RX Vega 56. Radeon RX Vega offers 64 standard speed 1.247 MHz or set 1.406 MHz, and the Radeon RX Vega 56 – 1.156, 1.471 MHz or MHz. These cards have 8 GB of memory, while the Radeon Pro 64 Vega is 16 GB. Therefore, you can expect better statistics.
Ports and peripherals
Novelty can boast of a 10 GB Ethernet and high speed up to 10 times to transmit data over the network. The monoblock has four 3.0 Thunderbolt port with support for USB Type C. This will allow to connect two monitors with a resolution of 5K. New iMac Pro will be sold with keyboard colors Space Gray and touchpad in the same dark design. Rumor has it that the new keyboard has a touch pad like the MacBook Pro.
Date of announcement
According to the company, to release the novelty in December of this year, but no exact date. Let’s hope her announcement will not transfer in January or even February, as it happened with the current Mac Pro. At the moment, the company keeps silent and makes no comments about it.
The price on the computer
The price of the iMac Pro over the basic version will be around $5000. And this is very expensive. But Apple says that if you want to build a strong PC, it will cost you $7000. And that’s not taking into account the cost of the monitor. As a novelty, you can compare the price of top-end 27-inch iMac, which asked for almost $5000. So, clearly, it makes sense to wait for the Pro version.
But of course, it is important to remember that the price of 5 thousand dollars is only for the basic package. E-zine ZDNet praised the top-end iMac configuration Pro 18-core CPU, 128 GB RAM, 4 TB SSD, and Radeon graphics Pro, Vega HBM2 memory capacity of 16 GB incredible 17 thousand dollars.