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$7200 iMac Pro vs $5000 Alienware | iMac Pro For Photographers?

By Justin Heyes on January 25th 2018

When the iMac Pro was introduced it had all the staples of a typical Apple announcement. It had the sex appeal, the buzzwords, and the sticker shock, but most of all it had the controversy.

Who was the iMac Pro for?

Photographers and videographers, the technological magpies that we are, think that Apple’s latest ‘Pro’ oriented machine is geared toward us when the spec sheet says otherwise. So if you’re thinking of an iMac Pro, check this out first, and the link right below.

[REWIND: Should Photographers Buy The iMac Pro? Maybe Not…]

Nevertheless, the lack of marketing doesn’t stop comparison videos from being produced. David Lee of Dave2D compares the Apple iMac Pro against the Alienware Area 51 Threadripper and other powerful desktops.

The Competition

  • iMac Pro
    • 10 Core Intel Xeon
    • 64 GB DDR4 EEC RAM
    • AMD Vega 64
    • 1 TB SSD

  • 2013 Mac Pro
    • 10 Core Intel Xeon
    • 64 GB DDR3 ECC RAM
    • 2x AMD FirePro D700 Crossfire

Each machine has its strengths and weaknesses, and the test results are interesting to say the least.

The Skylake-based 8-plus-core Xeon W processor and DDR4 ECC memory will benefit those professionals who deal with real-time 3D rendering, High Frame Rate VR, complex simulations/analysis, machine learning, and faster code compiling – i.e., architects, video game designers, developers, scientists, doctors, et cetera. Whereas the AMD Threadripper might be a McLaren P1, Xeons are more like a Ford F150 – different machines for different jobs.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
Instagram: @jheyesphoto

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mircea Blanaru

    Perhaps I didn’t understand correctly the message but all computers listed in the benchmarks are extraordinary and, in my humble opinion suitable for professional photography whatever this it means. For example I own a very old refurbished IMac for which I paid, last year, around 160 $ with only 2GB of Ram and I’ve successfully installed Raw Therapee, Sigma Pro Photo, The Gimp and Google Nik Filters and everything is working just fine. Of course I work only with 10 to 20 images a day (not all the day) and I can make basic adjustments even  with 59 MPixels Sigma’s X3F so if you are not in a hurry, you can do your job with a very basic hardware. So, this computers from above are very cool, all of them but only if they can return the money you spent on them, otherwise, they are just another toys for the riches…

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