Apple iMac pro: Everything you need to know

Apple are releasing their new professional grade iMac pro in December 2017. This new iMac has a darker, cooler look to it and has a load of improved features added to it. Everyone got their first look at this iMac pro at the WWDC in June 2017. Apple have created an iMac packed with the most powerful collection of workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory and I/O. They added / improved all this internal architecture without adding a millimetre to its iconic all-in-one design. So everyone from video guys to software developers can do what they’ve never done before.

This iMac comes with up to 18 cores making it a real professional beast. iMac Pro has the power and flexibility to balance multicore processing with single-thread performance thanks to the turbo boost speeds of up to 4.5GHz. Apple claim that everything gets done at lightning speed. With up to 18 cores and Hyper-Threading, iMac Pro lets you build and render particle systems of all kinds — static or animated, 2D or 3D — with ease. 8-, 10- or 18-core Xeon processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB cache.

iMac Pro is debuting its new graphic chip. The Radeon Pro Vega. It is over three times faster than any previous iMac GPU, packing the power of a double-wide graphics card into a single chip. All of which translates to higher frame rates for VR, real-time 3D rendering, more lifelike special effects and gameplay at max settings.

Radeon Pro Vega

11 teraflops single precision

22 teraflops half precision

8GB or 16GB High Bandwidth Memory

400GB/s memory bandwidth

iMac Pro has up to 128GB memory that allows you to visualise, simulate and render huge 3D models. Up to 4TB of all-flash storage lets you work on large 4K and HD projects regardless of codec. And with up to 3GB/s throughput, loading huge files and launching apps is faster than ever. The 27in iMac Pro will still offer 5,120×2,880 resolution 5K Retina display but no touch screen. You get four Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can connect two 5K monitors — for a whopping 44 million pixels total — and transfer data at 40Gb/s over 10Gb Ethernet. Also supports Nbase-T industry-standard 1Gb, 2.5Gb and 5Gb link speeds.

The 27-inch screen has a dazzling 500 nits of brightness across its 14.7 million pixels and is 43% brighter than before. Along with P3 colour and support for over a billion colours delivering spectacular imagery.

There is an advanced management thermal system that keeps the machine cool.

Performance takes power, and power makes heat. There has been a redesign of the thermal architecture of iMac Pro with innovative dual blowers, a massive heatsink and extra venting. This creates almost 75 per cent more airflow and an 80 per cent increase in system thermal capacity. Which lets iMac Pro handle 500 watts — 67 per cent more power than the previous iMac.

iMac Pro is just as beautiful to your ears as it is to your eyes. Its enhanced stereo speakers deliver broad frequency response, rich bass and more volume. The new accessories are a perfect match for iMac Pro, these new space grey accessories are wireless, rechargeable and beautiful to behold. The new Magic Keyboard includes a numeric keypad, and to go with it you can choose either the Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2.

The iMac Pro starts at $4,999/£4,949 but Apple claims that if you built a PC equivalent of the iMac pro it would cost $7,000 without the display.

ZDNet has estimated that a full-spec build-to-order iMac Pro with an 18-core CPU, 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD and Radeon Pro Vega graphics with 16GB HBM2 memory could cost more than £17,000!

[image from apple, 9to5mac]

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