Apple iMac Pro: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on October 28, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with apples grand finale to end 2017 this is the brand-new iMac pro so the iMac pro is by far the most powerful Mac you can buy and also the most expensive so the I make per on the surface looks like a space great 5k iMac but underneath that it's quite a bit more than that it's powered by Intel Xeon w CPUs with eec ramp along with standard SSDs across the board along with Radeon Pro Vega GPUs with either eight gigs or 16 gigs of HBM to memory so the box of the iMac Pro looks like any other 5k iMac but they've changed the packaging design quite a bit to make

It more environmentally friendly so once I pull the tab I can go ahead and open up the box which reveals a lot of Brown typically this has been ramped in lots of styrofoam padding but this time we have something that's much more recyclable but it's also a heavier box overall so it does add some weight to the overall package so before we get to the main event we have all of our accessories which are also packaged differently than the previous design so we have our power cable which is in its own dedicated box just beneath the stand so the power cable is black to match the

Space great iMac and that is not the only black cable we'll find so it's always slotted in the top of the box is the accessory package containing the keyboard and mouse now for the iMac pro all the accessories come in a matching space grey so we get a space grey magic keyboard with a numeric keypad which is the new keyboard they released this year and we also get a Space Gray second-generation Magic Mouse so the top of it actually kind of looks like the back of an iPhone 8 with that glossy surface the rest is anodized aluminum

Beneath that will find the optional Space Gray Magic Trackpad so this is something you have to add when you configure your iMac pro it doesn't come standard with it and it pretty much looks like the Space Gray trackpad from a MacBook Pro but the color matching doesn't stop there so just below the literature packet we'll find a matching black lightning cable for recharging the magic accessories so none of these space grey accessories can be purchased separately from the Apple store at least right now now if you're still not impressed by the color matching if you

Look inside the paperwork we get a set of black Apple stickers which is something we saw with the last Mac Pro we also get a Quick Start Guide and a black microfiber cleaning cloth for cleaning that glass display comparing these accessories to the standard white and silver accessories obviously the black keys mean we have much more vibrant white text which I think looks really sharp again this is very similar to the space gray MacBook Pros of course they've color-coordinated in other areas such as the antenna stripe along the

Back of the devices which is colored black instead of white and the bottom of the accessories are a matte black plastic instead of a glossy white plastic so getting to the main event it's actually surprising how lightweight the iMac pro is it basically weighs the same as a standard 27-inch iMac that's pretty surprising when you consider how much hardware is in this computer now this is wrapped in a fabric like material which is also color matched to the space grey previously we have a white styrofoam envelope so this is a little more environmentally friendly

Once we break the seal on the back we can go ahead and lift up the envelope we still have some plastic to remove so there's a piece of plastic covering the glossy plastic black Apple logo on the back this is actually part of the radio transparency needed for things like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to work through this all-metal chassis there's also plastic covering the glass on the front and all we have to do is peel it off along the side so we can pull this off neatly into a sheet and reuse it if we need to and there's one more piece of plastic protecting the back of the stander and

Shipping that no longer covers the entire foot there is an exclusive wallpaper for the iMac Pro that's where that goes with the Space Gray theme you'll find that under the wallpaper selection from the outside the iMac pro looks exactly like a 5k iMac same overall dimensions but there's a few things besides the space gray that points to the fact that this is a different design so internally we need a lot more ventilation so unlike the 27-inch 5k iMac we don't have a ram access door right below the vent instead the vent is much larger to allow

The computer to breathe now this computer is noticeably quieter when it's under loads even if the fan is spooled up the sound is much softer than the higher pitched sound of the smaller fan within the 5k IMAX to feed that larger exhaust fan we have some vents just underneath the back edge which is not present on the standard 5k iMac this also means that the Kensington lock that was underneath the power port on the 5k iMac is not present on the Pro we still have that razor thin edge that bows out toward the center and meets the articulating hinge of the

Stand the concave power button is in the same spot on the lower left side I'm AG Pro also expands its IO to include not only 4 USB 3 ports but 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports we also get a faster UHS to SDXC card slot of course we get a headphone jack but we also get a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port that's a first for an iMac iMac pros also the first Mac to get a 1080p FaceTime camera and it's a big improvement over the 720p we've been used to we also get 4 microphones for better audio pickup and noise isolation there's actually two microphones on either side of the camera so you'll see

Tiny pinholes in the glass but we also get two microphones on the back just above the camera X into the aluminum like previous iMac designs the microphone for the 5k iMac is actually just above the Apple logo hidden behind the glass by now we're pretty familiar with Apple's newest 5k display this is a 27-inch panel the same one that's also on the 5k iMac so we still get that DCI p3 color spectrum which can produce up to 1 billion colors must have 500 nits of maximum brightness so it's still one of the best displays for professional photographers and videographers who need

Accurate color we can also output to two additional 5k monitors for three 5k displays no other Mac can do this so that delivers up to 44 million pixels of resolution like other IMAX we have down facing stereo speakers but they've been really beefed up for the iMac pro in fact a significant part of the internal structure is taken up by the resonance chambers even though the speakers on the standard 5k iMac already sound fantastic these are much louder in fact they're about 10 decibels louder in my testing we also get a deeper bass response and a broader frequency response so you get a

Lot more detail in audio which is great if you use your iMac pro for audio editing so the baseline iMac Pro starts at $49.99 but the version I went with has a 10 core Xeon CPU which delivers the best overall turbo boost speed of 4.5 gigahertz but of course if you want you can go all the way up to 18 core I also chose the Vegas 64 GP with 16 gigs of unpackage hbm to memory which boosts memory bandwidth up to 400 gigs per second I also doubled the SSE store to two terabytes and double the EEC ram to 64 gigs although it's not really easy to do once you get inside the iMac Pro

It's pretty easy to upgrade the components in fact the ram is mounted in standard DIMM slots we also have a rated SSD so all of these are components you can swap out it also looks like it might be possible to swap out the CPU but we'll have to wait for more testing so running some benchmarks to get an idea of the relative performance compared to the maxed out core i7 iMac I reviewed earlier this year so according to Geekbench I'm getting a single core score of around 5500 and a staggering multi-core score of 30 6500 so you can see the 5k iMac with the core i7 clocked

At 4.2 gigahertz still beats the single core score of the xeon clocked at 3 gigahertz OpenCL performance makes a big jump here with the iMac Pro from 120 mm to nearly 170,000 on the score the gap increases with the metal benchmark jumping from 115,000 to 170 4000 so the iMac pros GPUs are ideal for 3d rendering and VR game development but it's not really a gaming machine so if you look at the Cinebench scores the opengl score are up modestly with the iMac pro over the top-of-the-line 5k iMac with the Radeon Pro 580 GPU but the CPU benchmarks are

Off the charts are more than double the performance of the iMac 5k iMac Pro also offers up to 120 gigs of fast ddr4 ECC ram and 4 terabytes of SSD storage and with the rated configuration we get up to 3.3 gigs on the right speed and 2.8 on the read speed so when it comes to real-world applications what I'm most interested in finding out is how fast Final Cut Pro can transcode video on the iMac Pro so I duplicated the same 7-minute + 4k project on each machine and exported it using the same compressor profile and as I expected the 5k iMac outperform the iMac Pro

Completing the same task in about 8 and a half minutes while the iMac pro took a little over 10 minutes this is thanks mostly to Intel's Quick Sync video encoding hardware which is not available on the Radeon CPUs in the iMac Pro however the iMac pro destroys the 5k iMac and other CPU intensive tasks such as video stabilization which takes a fraction of the time on the iMac Pro I make Pro is really engineered for professional users that can benefit from the multi-threaded processing power of Xeon CPUs or need the overhead to run multiple demanding

Applications at once and render projects quickly and if you're editing 8k video this is clearly the best Mac for the job when it comes down to it if you don't know you need the iMac Pro you probably don't need the iMac Pro this is a very specialized computer for a certain professional who needs the workstation power of Xeon CPUs and Vega GPUs the iMac Pro is overkill certainly for my needs with 4k video editing but it's nice to have the graphics Headroom for three 5k monitors along with the additional IO and improved speakers cameras microphones and the overall

Improvements to RAM and storage speeds I have to admit it's really just nice to have a Space Gray iMac to match everything else alrighty guys hope you enjoyed this look at the iMac pro if you guys enjoyed this video please let me know with a like and I'll see you again in my next video

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