iMac Pro Updated With 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X Graphics Options

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    Alongside a spec bump to standard iMac models, Apple today quietly added 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics options to the iMac Pro.

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    Upgrading to 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory will set you back a steep $5,200, more than the $4,999 price of the base iMac Pro itself. Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics can be added for $700. Both are configure-to-order options.

    Apple has also lowered the prices of some existing iMac Pro upgrade options. As examples, 64GB of RAM dropped from $800 to $400, 128GB of RAM dropped from $2,400 to $2,000, Radeon Vega Pro 64 graphics dropped from $600 to $550, and 4TB SSD storage dropped from $2,800 to $2,400 in the United States.

    A maxed out iMac Pro now runs $15,699.

    (Thanks, Mark Little!)

    Article Link: iMac Pro Updated With 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X Graphics Options
     
  2. martyjmclean macrumors 6502

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    This is nice... but if iMac Pro was really “pro”, the memory would be upgradable.
     
  3. pat500000 Suspended

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    Another distraction products. I am assuming apple is doing this to sway people from getting mac pro.
     
  4. centauratlas macrumors 65816

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    That is a nice option - it would be a lot nicer at 1/4 the price though. They need to go back to the user-upgradable RAM, SSD etc.
     
  5. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816

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    Maxed out (education pricing): $14,229.00 (didn't upgrade from the Magic Mouse 2 or add the VESA mount adapter). That's more than I like to spend on my cars.

    It is comparable with Apple's historical high end prices though (adjusting for inflation).
     
  6. mozumder macrumors 6502a

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    $15,848.00 max price. Into scientific workstation territory.
     
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    Because nothing screams "Pro" more than not being able to afford the RAM you want at purchase but being able to add it later at a cheaper price to get more life out of the system...
     
  9. KJL3000 macrumors 6502

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    256 GB RAM... that’s the ssd entry size on 15 inch MacBook Pros right now... o_o
     
  10. Digital Dude, Mar 19, 2019
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    Yeah, I'm gonna get right on that; with AC/TAX a full-spec $17,364.35 iMac. I can only imagine what the new MacPro is going to run. Kidding aside, 32 RAM is now bare minimum for several fairly basic configurations, e.g., Chrome/Adobe CC/Parallels, etc.
     
  11. ph001bi macrumors regular

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    It's only Tuesday and the hardware keeps on coming. It looks like there is a red iPhone XS Max in my future.
     
  12. partsofspeech macrumors regular

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    For everyone who is pissed by keeping fusion drive in iMac, this is the machine for you.
     
  13. c.leonard66h macrumors regular

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    Just placed order. UK fully maxed out with the 256GB Ram. Will be replacing my iMac Pro from Launch.
     
  14. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

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    It's a great product in its own right. Some people are always going to want cheese graters, but some have found that TB3 actually does work. I own 3 cheese graters, fine for what they are, but yep, do like my iMac Pro as well. You can call it a distraction, but I consider it a great option and would probably consider it even IF there was a new cheese grater. Either way, no real skin off of your back so why begrudge it?
     
  15. ArtOfWarfare, Mar 19, 2019
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    Apple's lineup now ranges from being able to have 128 GB of hard-drive on the low end to being able to have 256 GB of RAM on the high end.

    I thought hard drives were supposed to always be so much larger than RAM that you'd never need to actually specify which one you were talking about when you were talking about a spec measured in bytes...
     
  16. Marcus PM macrumors regular

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    I love Apple but their memory prices are over the top. I've always topped out the RAM on my own but that looks not possible on this machine.
     
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    Good lord that's hot, if I won the lottery this would have to be one of my first orders

    Though to be honest I can't even use 32GB on my MacBook Pro so I don't know what I'd do with it
     
  18. jacks64 macrumors member

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    I’d like that but can’t see them achieving the red finish on the stainless steel frame....but we can hope!.
     
  19. skippermonkey macrumors regular

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    You jammy git. Wanna sell your old iMac Pro?
     
  20. LordVic macrumors 603

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    iunno. to me that does scream more "pro" than soldered in memory.

    "Pro" to me isn't necessarily what you do with a device, but the fact that the device can be adaptable to the job. Replacable and expandable hardware are "pro" because it allows for the user to tailor the hardware to fit their needs to maximize productivity (regardless of what they deem productivity to be).

    it's not necessarily about "not being able to afford RAM". Especially when Apple's upgrades for their soldered solutions are several times the cost of retail pricing (even expensive side).

    it also means longer longevity of the hardware as it can be expanded to further adapt to use.

    Soldering RAM and STORAGE are the two things that should be avoided in any professional grade machine. I'll give RAM a benefit of the doubt in ultra portables where SODIMM slots take up a lot of space. But in a desktop computer there is literally zero reason to solder down storage or memory except as planned obsolescence.
     
  21. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816

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    1/4 the price? Apple would be burning money at that price. Apple's gross hardware margins are in the low 30% range (net hardware margins are likely in the 15% range). So selling the $5000 iMac Pro for 25% of the cost ($1250) is more than $2000 less than Apple's gross margin breakeven point (again ignoring taxes and other expenses that Apple pays). Let's assume Apple nets a 20% margin on the iMac Pro (it's likely less than that; services have higher margins and Apple's overall net margins are just over 20%). This means they have a true profit of about $1000 per base iMac Pro (higher with higher margin upgrades). Instead, if Apple sold for $1250 (1/4 price), instead of making $1000 per iMac Pro, they lose $2750 per iMac Pro. That's not exactly a great business plan.
     
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    I think you forgot the /s there buddy.
    Are you saying that people that think saving money is not for professionals. I bet you pay 20 pounds for washer fluid at the dealership because it's better.
     
  24. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

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    and btw, I am liking the fact that Apple is rolling out upgrades like this. I guess I should be amused that people who complain that apple hasn't updated now just find new things to complain about. nothing is every going to be perfect. I like knowing what my options are.
     
  25. c.leonard66h macrumors regular

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    I do actually yes. This was timing perfect for me. Are you interested, send me a message.
     

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