Mid-Range iMac Pro is Nearly Twice as Fast as High-End 5K iMac and Up to 45% Faster Than 2013 Mac Pro

Tuesday December 12, 2017 6:53 AM PST by Joe Rossignol

While we already knew the iMac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, at least until Apple releases its promised modular Mac Pro at some point in the future, now we have an idea of just how fast the desktop workhorse will truly be.


YouTube reviewers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have each shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, and put its CPU performance to the test with benchmarks on Geekbench, which simulates real-world workload scenarios.

In both videos, the mid-range iMac Pro with a 10-core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processor recorded a multi-core score of just over 37,400, which is up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro's average multi-core score of 25,747.

The 10-core iMac Pro is also up to 93 percent faster than the latest 27-inch 5K iMac with top-of-the-line tech specs.


Apple said the iMac Pro can be configured with an even faster 18-core Xeon processor, so the 10-core benchmarks aren't even the peak. The 18-core iMac Pro will unquestionably be the fastest Mac ever by an almost unimaginable margin.

iMac Pro can also be equipped with up to 4TB of SSD storage, up to 128GB of ECC RAM, and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory, which helps to power its beautiful 5K display.

With four Thunderbolt 3 ports, the iMac Pro can drive two external 5K displays or four 4K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. It also has a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

iMac Pro will be available to order on December 14 in the United States and several other countries. Pricing starts at $4,999 in the United States. Apple has yet to provide exact pricing details on a configuration-by-configuration basis.

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30 months ago
I wish there was a 2017 Mac Pro to compare to the 2013 Mac Pro.
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30 months ago
Comparing 2013 tech to 2017 tech

Great job macrumors!!
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30 months ago

Comparing 2013 tech to 2017 tech

Great job macrumors!!

I know right? Seems pretty unfair. Almost as unfair as still selling that 2013 tech as new product in 2017.
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30 months ago

Every year computers get faster who knew ;-)

Yah, and it ONLY took four +/- years to bump it up 45%! Amazing!

Ok, not really.
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30 months ago

What do you get for $4,999... Apples prices sometime are just insane.

So I just priced up an HP Z6 G4 workstation ('http://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureView?catalogId=10051&langId=-1&storeId=10151&urlLangId=&catEntryId=3074457345618619818&quantity=1') which is geared toward a similar market as the iMac Pro. Configured with a 10-core Xeon 4114 @ 2.2GHz, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and an equivalent GPU with 16GB of RAM, the price comes to $6,603. So the iMac Pro gets you all of this and with a newer faster Xeon and a 5K display for about $1,500 less.
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30 months ago
Can you imagine how fast a computer they COULD build if it weren’t for their weird obsession for thin computers (that aren’t portable).

The Mac Pro 2013 isn’t that fast so this achievement isn’t that great.
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