New Mac Pro vs. maxed out iMac

driftless

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I know that we don't have benchmarks nor pricing for the new Mac Pro but I was wondering if anyone could speculate on the new Mac Pro vs. a maxed out iMac based on the limited specs that have been released. I can see how a serious video editor might be interested in the new Mac Pro but I am wondering about those of us who do some video editing but heavy Adobe CC/CS other apps.
 

mcnallym

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Adobe and other software makers also seem to be moving now to OpenCL with the latest software so should be able to use the FirePro Cards in the various Apps nicely. Even on Windows Premier Pro is adding OpenCL support so Adobe products don't seem to be forcing you down an Nvidia route anymore.

Having said that it will probably require you to upgrade to the next cloud service version of the Adobe Suite rather then stop with v6.

In terms of speed then the Mac Pro as previewed with the right software will completely outclass even a fully maxxed out iMac. In terms of storage then both will be external unless you can live with an SSD and Single HD in the iMac.

Unless they drop the specs and have a simpler base version then I believe that many of the casual owners that bought the Mac Pro simply for the storage expansion are going to be priced out of the Mac Pro for the future.

Personally it is too rich for me, unless there are lower spec base versions confirmed.
 

driftless

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I have already made the move to Adobe cloud. For the most part I work off of externals. I have Premiere Pro but I mainly use FCPX. My guess is that FCPX will fly on the Mac Pro. It will be interesting to see the price differential of new Mac Pro vs. the maxed out iMac.
 

TType85

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I'd have thought the Xeon powered Pro would destroy the iMac, but the Pro obviously comes at a premium cost.
Depends on the software and what Xeon they use. My ESXi server has a Xeon 1230 v2 (basically a i7 3770 sans graphics core). You would be hard pressed to see a difference between the top imac and that processor.

If you have a lower clocked 6+ core Xeon (assuming SB/IB/Haswel) and heavily multi threaded software it could stomp all over the i7. If the software is single threaded the higher clock of the i7 may be faster.

I think the advantage to the new MacPro would be on the i/o side with the new PCIe SSD.
 

JeepGuy

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Depends on the software and what Xeon they use. My ESXi server has a Xeon 1230 v2 (basically a i7 3770 sans graphics core). You would be hard pressed to see a difference between the top imac and that processor.

If you have a lower clocked 6+ core Xeon (assuming SB/IB/Haswel) and heavily multi threaded software it could stomp all over the i7. If the software is single threaded the higher clock of the i7 may be faster.

I think the advantage to the new MacPro would be on the i/o side with the new PCIe SSD.
lets also not forget the GPU`s, if you are doing any type a 3d CAD work, the new Mac Pro will smoke it.