iMac Pro Which iMac Pro?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MatthewStorm, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. MatthewStorm macrumors 6502a

    MatthewStorm

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    I've been away from Apple computers for a couple of years. Thinking about getting the iMac Pro but not sure which version to get. This is mainly for Photoshop - large RAW files - and Adobe Premiere/After Effects and/or Davinci Resolve editing CinemaDNG files. Some light SFX work. I'm looking for recommendations. Thanks.
     
  2. fusionid macrumors member

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    Stay away. Seriously waiting for my replacement
     
  3. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    Why an iMAC Pro specifically and not wait for the updated standard iMACs?.......
     
  4. Starfia macrumors 6502a

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    If I was primarily editing images and wanted a desktop machine, I'd consider even the current entry-level iMac (non-Pro) or Mac mini unless I was really counting the fractions of seconds.
     
  5. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    If you are using Premiere, Media Encoder can utilize a lot of cores during a render.

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    In this example the range seems to be from ~1500% to ~2700% cpu utilization on an 18 core iMac Pro system.
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Sounds like a base iMac pro would be perfect for you just add the storage you require.
     
  7. Strider64 macrumors 6502a

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    I have had mine for about a month now and so far it's working almost perfectly (have a few minor hiccups). I hope I didn't just jinx myself and just have to say I feel for those who purchase something expensive only to have that product fail on them. I usually wait until the second generation is out before buying, but this time I felt liking gambling with it. I purchased the 8-core iMac Pro and the only thing I upgraded was the video card, but if I had to do it again I think I might had gone with the 10-core version of the iMac Pro. I have read on the Internet that seems to be a sweet spot. I switched over to FCPX and Motion after years working with the Adobe CC lineup. I did it for two reasons I read where FCPX really takes advantage of the iMac Pro multiple cores better thad Adobe and the second reason it's a one time purchase for the Apple Applications where as Adobe is subscription based. Subscription base if fine with large companies and very successful people (By that I mean earn enough money to justify it), but I'm just starting out in the video field even though I have taken some college courses dealing with the subject. In the long run it should save me $$$. Sorry for going off-topic.

    Anyways, I love how fast videos are rendered on the iMac Pro versus when I used my old computer. I remember have to take breaks when I had to render a video and there's nothing worse than rendering only to find out that it didn't render properly. Then there was the size of the video, for a high quality video usually meant you had to dial down the resolution when you were working on it. My .02 cents.
     
  8. fathergll macrumors 65816

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    Unless you got a Mac Mini used at a very good price the 2014 Mac Mini is a ripoff in 2018.
     
  9. MatthewStorm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Basically I'm trying to decide between 8 and 10 cores and the upgraded video card. I already know I want the 64gig RAM. Both together are hella expensive.
     
  10. mpe, May 1, 2018
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    mpe macrumors 6502

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    I am using the base iMac Pro model (8core/32/1TB/Vega56).

    I don't use video apps. But for editing RAWs in Photoshop/Lightroom, the speed of Lightroom isn't that different from my previous iMac (2015, i5 3.3, 32GB, 2 TB Fusion). The Lightroom is laggy for interactive use (culling photo, zooming in/out, retouching, applying filters) and faster hardware won't improve that.

    Obviously, there is significant speed improvement when importing, applying batch operation, exporting and pano/HDR merging, so if you need to speed up that part of your workflow it could make sense.

    I am still happy with the machine as next to RAW editing I am using it also for software development where it shines.
     

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