Yeah, the top-top-end iMac outperforms the entry-level MacPro in terms of sheer processing power. One can go whatever way they choose, considering the iMac is less expensive and comes with its own screen.Core i5 750 < Core i7 920 = Xeon W3520 < Core i7 860
Ummm, no.not to mention that i7 has only one core running when hyper threading is active
while the xeon has its 4 cores active
and finally, yes, the high end imac might be powerful but keep in mind that it was released first
once the MP will be updated, it will get the most powerful proc
The MAC PRO(2008/2009) can run circles around any imac thats out there.. remember, no ssd drive support, no ATI Radeon 4890 or 5000 series cards, no upgrades except memory.. you can't even upgrade the processor!Not even remotely. The iMac is not (user) upgradable, it can't expand, it can't have cards added and its a consumer computer.
The 27.5" i7 iMac is very good value, you can't put a SSD (that I know of, which is a shame) in or a better graphics card (also a shame) but the Mac Pro is much more expensive.The MAC PRO(2008/2009) can run circles around any imac thats out there.. remember, no ssd drive support, no ATI Radeon 4890 or 5000 series cards, no upgrades except memory.. you can't even upgrade the processor!
After reading iFixit's breakdown, it looks like it is possible to put an SSD in there... it's probably something I will wait to do 3 years down the road when my AppleCare runs out, though. LOL.The 27.5" i7 iMac is very good value, you can't put a SSD (that I know of...
Actually the only reason for 95% of Mac users to buy a Mac Pro is if they like to throw their money awa in which that case they can send their money to me. Although that seems to be the type of thing many Mac users like to do unfortunately..and were supposedly "smarter" than PC users. Anyways I digress. The Mac Pro is overpriced, and chances are next month when bench marks come in we will either see nearly no difference in performance of the $2,500 Mac Pro and iMac i7, OR the i7 will actually run slightly better. The Xeon itself can actually be slower in some consumer software, specifically gaming because of what the processors are for. Probably the only benefit to the Pro is it might be stronger built and therefore last long, that and upgradeable, but considering you can only upgrade the RAM (can do that in any mac), HD (but how in the hell could you fill up 1TB/2TB anyways, in conjunction with having an external?), CPU MAYBE, and graphics, but look at the crappy graphics options for Mac Pro and your just better off getting a badass iMac. Oh yeah and it has a 27in' LED monitor.The only reason to get the Mac Pro is if you are going to be upgrading it more than you could with the iMac. The only things that would be more upgradable is the video card (limited choices unless you are running under Windows), a faster type of ram (both machines now can hold the same amount), being able to upgrade for more hard drive space and set up a raid, you can also install other cards like USB expansions.
The iMac with the 27" screen is a clear choice, but I would wait if you are not sure because they will be upgrading the Mac Pro here soon, unless you get the 8 core I would wait. Personally I have come to a point where I don't know if I want the iMac or a future quad core Mac Pro. I really want a tower with a separate monitor so I can put all my hard drives in one case.
At the same time it would be nice to have a 27" screen and an All in One machine like my current iMac. I plan on keeping my current iMac so that might weigh in my final decision next year. They usually update the Mac Pro around the Summer time.