Forum Question: Is It Worth the Price Difference To Buy a Basic iMac Pro or a Fully Loaded iMac?

I am a retired photographer and I need a replacement for my mid-2010 iMac for Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC editing. I need a computer that will last the rest of my life (I am 73) and I need to know the speed difference between a 27″ I-7 top end iMac with SSD and a basic 8-core iMac Pro for those applications (16 Gb Ram in each). Also, do these Adobe programs currently have the ability to use all eight cores of the iMac Pro?
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Bart Pulverman

Comments: 3 Responses to “Is It Worth the Price Difference To Buy a Basic iMac Pro or a Fully Loaded iMac?”

    8/2/18 @ 10:29 am

    Good question. You can find benchmark tests for Mac models at Geekbench which may give you some idea. I hear that Adobe products do make use of multiple cores, yes. But I don’t know of an Adobe page or document that explains that in detail. It probably matters as much which GPU the Mac has, since the GPU handles most graphics tasks. I’d ask that in an Adobe forum and see what people say.
    For speed the important parts are the CPU speed and number of cores, the GPU, and the drive (SSD not HD). So don’t just look at the CPUs. Also, think about how outdated USB ports may be a few years from now, as compared to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. There is no perfect way to future-proof any piece of technology. But I have had luck int he past buying top-end. I bought a Mac Pro in 2008 and it lasted until 2015 still as a very impressive machine when I moved on.

    Bart Pulverman
    8/2/18 @ 11:41 am

    Thank you Gary. I ran the benchmarks, but there is no information on the iMac Pro. The benchmark computer is an iMac (27-inch Retina Mid 2017) with Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.2 GHz (4 cores). So it does not answer my question.

    8/2/18 @ 11:49 am

    Check that link again. I see iMac Pro in that list.

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