iMac Pro Gets Hands-On Treatment From YouTuber MKBHD and Others

BY Evan Selleck

Published 12 Dec 2017

Earlier today, Apple officially announced that the iMac Pro, the company’s most powerful Mac to date, will go up for order on December 14.

In light of that announcement, and to help stir up even more attention on the upcoming desktop computer, Apple has given prominent YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) some hands-on time with the powerhouse hardware. Brownlee has actually had the iMac Pro for about a week and has been using it to edit video, to which he says it is definitely up to the task of his daily routine.

Apple provided an iMac Pro with the 10-core Intel Xeon X processor clocked at 3.0GHz, 128GB of DDR4 ECC RAM, 2TB of SSD storage, and the Radeon Pro Vega 65 with 16GB of video RAM.

According to Brownlee, he’s been able to watch 8K footage with effects applied during preview only seeing a “few if any” frame drops in the process. Brownlee was using a Mac Pro for this type of video editing and said that the hardware would choke up in similar tasks.

This isn’t a review by any means, just a quick hands-on look at what the iMac Pro can handle and a few other pieces of information. It’s certainly worth a watch, especially if you’re interested in the iMac Pro. You can watch the video below.

Oh, and it’s also worth noting that the iMac Pro features a black Apple Lightning cable, which is a first up to this point.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of others who have spent some time with the iMac Pro, taking a look at the high-end desktop from a variety of different angles and use cases. Of course, the main consensus here is that the all-in-one computer is a beast in terms of specs and power output, being able to handle everything they throw at it.

For instance, here’s a tweet thread (you’ll need to click through) from the Editor of Trim, Thomas Grove Carter:

And Vincent Laforet has put the iMac Pro through its paces, seeing an exceptional 200% to 300% speed improvement, and says that the iMac Pro is “a KILLER machine for any serious photographer, filmmaker, or VR producer. Period.”

And for those interested in the software development side of things, Craig A. Hunter has an in-depth review of the iMac Pro that’s worth taking a look at. Here’s what he has to say, at least in part, about what developers can expect with the hardware:

“An obvious question, not directly answered by my benchmarks here, is how the iMac Pro compares to a recent model standard iMac for performance. The closest direct comparison here is my Late 2013 iMac, but it’s several generations behind. That said, I was able to get some limited data on a 2017 iMac with a 4.2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, and while that machine is slightly faster than the iMac Pro on a single-core, the performance flattens out with more cores and the advantage is gone by 4-cores. From 4 to 10 cores, the iMac Pro runs away.”

All-in-all, the iMac Pro sounds like it is indeed a powerhouse, and for those willing to fork over at least $4,999 to get one will be happy with it.

[via HRT Apps; Vincent Laforet; MKBHD]