iMac Pro May Feature Intel's Server-Grade 'Purley' Processors, ARM Coprocessor

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple earlier this month unveiled the iMac Pro, a workstation-class desktop computer with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM.


    Apple didn't specify exactly which processors will be included in the iMac Pro, but if the blog Pike's Universum is to be believed, it could be powered by Intel's next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed "Purley."

    The blog, which appears to be sourcing its information from firmware files in the macOS High Sierra developer beta, said the iMac Pro will use Intel's new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

    If the information is accurate, it suggests the iMac Pro could have truly server-grade Xeon processors, rather than using Intel's recently announced Core-X series of Skylake and Kaby Lake chips that still use the LGA2066 socket.

    The blog added that the new iMac Pro appears to be coming with a Secure Enclave, suggesting it will have an ARM coprocessor like the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for added security. It would also open the door to Touch ID on the iMac Pro, but Apple made no mention of the feature when introducing the computer.

    Pike's Universum revealed some of the iMac Pro's tech specs in April, two months prior to it being announced, including that it would have Xeon processors, ECC RAM, faster SSD storage, AMD graphics options, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, but some of the specific details proved to be inaccurate.

    Apple said the iMac Pro will be available to order in December, starting at $4,999 in the United States.

    Article Link: iMac Pro May Feature Intel's Server-Grade 'Purley' Processors, ARM Coprocessor
  2. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    Mondo processing power, sounds awesome, would be overkill for my safari usage I think.....
  3. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    It's sad when you already can foresee a product being recalled or having significant defects on their first shipment.
  4. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Xeon. AMD GPU. iMac form factor.

    Heat dissipation issues? No, never! :p
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I'm sure the designers and QA engineers will completely rethink their processes based on your gut feeling. :D
  6. mudflap macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2007
    I see no evidence of that. Do you?
  7. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
  8. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
  9. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Apple's 'Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential' employee seminar is working well, I see...
  10. mariusignorello macrumors 68000

    Jun 9, 2013
    Why do you say that? I’m interested.
  11. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    I am not a mechanical engineer, but I would hope that the large mass of metal that the iMac has can be used effectively as a heat sink and allow this all to work. A CAD / Gaming class iMac would be pretty cool.
  12. Larry The L Suspended

    Jun 9, 2016
    WHAT???!!! You must be some kind of magic man if you can predict this. Or is this just complete nonsense. Yup!
  13. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah, after announcing the product and everything. Some big ol' leaks going on. This news completely came out of the blue; I did a complete double-take. Jaw dropped. Spat out my coffee. Cleaned the lenses on my glasses. Checked the label on the wine bottle.

    It's not like this article is stipulating could-bes based on a finite amount of potential hardware to fit either one of two sockets (either LGA3647 or LGA2066), seeing as Apple already said it'll ship with an 18-core Xeon.
  14. Hairball macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    Near an Apple device
    Sounds cool, but realistically who is going to pay 5k (starting out) for an iMac. Would I like to have one just because yes, but will I get one, no way. I hope there are no issues for those who buy one.
  15. Larry The L Suspended

    Jun 9, 2016
    I'm sure apple has no idea how to deal with heat generation and appreciates your suggestion.
  16. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I wish there was more details. I don't believe they would solder that very expensive ECC RAM for example. And prices for the different options.
  17. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Please contact Apple's system and hardware design engineers and let them know about these issues you foresee, that they're not aware of, and set them straight! Apple Senior VP Dan Riccio should also be in the loop on this as well.
  18. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I'm not sure I see the point of devices like this anymore. The iPad Pro can literally do it all at a fraction of the cost.
  19. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    You can't be serious. Don't take the bait... don't take the bait...
  20. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Assuming they will be using Xeon E5 Bronze/Silver CPUs, TDP will range between 45-160W with the 160W likely being for the top-end 26-core model. So an 18-core should be cooler and the 8-core exceptionally so.
  21. ibivibiv macrumors regular

    May 5, 2015
    AND they still keep releasing compute devices with the word "Pro" on it with no ability to do native CUDA workloads. I think somebody needs to sit down with the guys putting together requirements for these products and review things like this and not removing the "esc" key. I saw the dev community embrace Apple as a nice UI experience with a Linux-y backend. This type of behavior will have people getting other hardware and going back to pure Linux.
  22. macs4nw, Jun 22, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017

    macs4nw macrumors 601


    Whatever else they decide to include between now and mass production, it'll be a droolworthy beast.... already working on my no doubt countless, and probably futile justification chats with my doll lol
  23. Bigsk8r, Jun 22, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 23, 2017

    Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    And I am sure that me hoping they have a solution equals my making a suggestion.
  24. glowplug macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2017
    that depends on how many browser tabs are open.
  25. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I am serious.

    I have the current Mac Pro and I never use it anymore. It's gathering dust while my iPad Pro devices help me get all my important work done.

    The future Steve Jobs spoke of has finally arrived.

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