While the Mac Pro remains stagnant in its development with a completely modular redesign promised sometime next year, Apple is finally ready to ship the iMac Pro this Thursday. Featuring up to 18-core Intel Xeon processors, 128 GB of RAM, 16 GB of video memory, and 4 TB of Apple's fastest PCIe SSD storage to date, it's no slouch. But how does it perform in the real world? YouTuber Marques Brownlee gives us a first hands-on with Apple's latest professional workstation.
Naturally, many might be put off by the nearly $5,000 asking price (for starters) of the iMac Pro. But it's worth noting that Brownlee looked up similar specifications for a PC, and the total came out to $200 above the iMac Pro, not even taking into account the 5K screen. Of course, PC users won't care much for any Mac, but it's worth noting that the price is fairly close to what its counterpart would be, at least on the low end. Apple does have notoriously high upgrade pricing, so I wouldn't expect similar comparisons to hold up as one increases the RAM, video card, processor, or SSD options. In this case, one might also wonder what Apple's margins are like on the low-end iMac Pro.
Either way, the new iMac Pro is here. I don't know about you, but playing back 8K raw footage with some color effects while hardly dropping a frame sounds pretty good to me. Will you buy in or wait for Apple's yet-to-be-announced new desktop solution later this year?