#MacPro #iMacPro – Mac Pro vs iMac Pro: Which Workstation is Best for Professionals? : The iMac Pro is, by far, the most powerful all-in-one desktop that Apple has ever created. On the base configuration, users are treated with eight-core of pure Intel Xeon power. If that is not enough, owners can beef up their setup by opting for an 18-core Xeon processor, also from Intel. However, some might ask if this will hurt the sales of the Mac Pro; something that Apple promised it will revive next year.
As mentioned, the iMac Pro is already capable of great feats with its server-grade hardware. To add more grit to the immense capabilities of the the iMac Pro, Apple threw in a brilliant 27-inch 5K display as well.
Server-grade performance from an AIO
The iMac Pro, when released, will be more powerful than the current Mac Pro machine. Apart from more number of cores, it is generally faster in all aspects including memory and graphics. However, this is not what we are aiming here. We do not want to compare the iMac Pro with the current version of the Mac Pro. Instead, we should be looking at the next generation Mac Pro that is expected to be released sometime in 2018.
Mac Pro vs iMac Pro
At the moment, nothing much is known about the Mac Pro apart from Apple giving it back its modular design. This could mean that users will be able to easily upgrade a workstation without much fuss at all. This is something that cannot be done with an iMac Pro due to its AIO build.
The subject of modularity could also bring in a few more features that will set it apart from the iMac Pro. Chief of which is the motherboard design.
Earlier generations of the Mac Pro enabled users to install as much as two physical processors on a single machine. This is quite good for those users who really require huge amounts of computational power from the processor side.
Furthermore, the older modular design also allowed for additional, or even multiple GPUs, in one system. Again, something that heavy users can take advantage of, like 3D rendering and computer graphics.
What will set the Mac Pro apart?
Perhaps the main feature that will set the Mac Pro apart from the iMac Pro is its modularity and upgradability. These will enable users to easily upgrade their Mac Pros with as many hardware allowed for the system.
Adding a graphics card will be possible on the professional Mac with its collection of PCIe slots. Quite possibly, Apple will also bring back the dual-socket motherboard design on the Mac Pro. Perhaps, there will be an option for users to install two 18-core Intel Xeon processors on a single machine.
Another thing is parts compatibility. Since the Mac Pro will basically become an open system, users will be able to plug in pre-approved third-party hardware such as SSDs, GPUs, RAM, and other peripherals. This is something that cannot be easily done on the iMac due to its limited space and limited hardware support.
Of course, this too will be a defining feature of the Mac Pro. The iMac Pro base model is priced at $5,000. Consumers thinking about getting a Mac Pro when it releases next year can expect the machine to have nearly the same introductory price, or perhaps even more. Apple might opt for a higher core count on the base system to make further delineate the differences between the two machines. Also, to compensate for the lack of in-built display.