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.


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


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

(Thanks, Mark Little!)

Article Link: iMac Pro Updated With 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X Graphics Options
It's only Tuesday and the hardware keeps on coming. It looks like there is a red iPhone XS Max in my future.
 
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G5isAlive

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Another distraction products. I am assuming apple is doing this to sway people from getting mac pro.
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?
 

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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...
 
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Marcus PM

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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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LordVic

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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...
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.
 

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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.
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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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...
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.
 

G5isAlive

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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.