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iMac Pro vs 5K iMac: Worth the Price?

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We put two of Apple's priciest desktop computers, the base iMac Pro and the top of the line 5K iMac, against each other. Which one is the better buy? https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/02/01/imac-pro-vs-5k-imac-the-results-will-surprise-you/ -More VS Videos- Note 8 vs Pixel 2 XL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a26_22gHEG0 iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sznXd_4XY9c iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpHfFh1bixY -iMac Pro Specs- 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor 32GB 2666MHz ECC memory 1TB SSD Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB HBM2 memory -5K iMac Specs- 4.2GHz 7th-generation Intel Core i7 40GB 2400MHz DDR4 512GB SSD Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB video memory Music from Epidemic Sound. Start your free 30-day trial! https://goo.gl/ibDfse More tech goodness: http://www.technobuffalo.com Deals: http://bit.ly/1JMh2qc Follow us! Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/technobuffalo Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/technobuffalo Instagram: http://instagram.com/technobuffalo Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+TechnoBuffalo
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Matheau Michalak (1 day ago)
Where did you get that wallpaper from at 0:57 ?
p soteriou (2 days ago)
I think the iMacPro is a great choice for pros but it is not going to "grow with you" because there is nothing a user can change on it - not even a RAM upgrade - without great difficulty. Non-upgradeability seems to be the opposite of what a pro user needs.
Monus Brewer (3 days ago)
Well dugh, of course it will smoke it... You load it out with 40 gig of RAM? Absolutely INVALID test process, please do us a favor and delete this waste of time.
R l (4 days ago)
The pro is gets a better mike for sound and shit background music by two dick vid editing. Music stops then returns.. loops .
andreyy akpinar (5 days ago)
The quality of this video is really good. And the information was good. But tbh, it's a very small minority that is editing in 8K. Most people edit in 1080p or 4K. There definitely should be a video of these iMac's doing tests on more adobe products like LR, PS, PP, and how many files can be edited in LR and exported, and likewise with PS AND PP. That will target a larger audience. Also, the same should be done ONLY on a 5k Mac that is a base model, so that it shows what that computer can do as most people are not going to spend $4-6,000 on an iMac unless they are a well established business.
8+FRC which is fake 10-bit is always worth it. Love Mac scams.
If you're pros, you better get used to using a PC with a Quadro GPU and true 10-bit monitor.
Nobody (7 days ago)
Very clean video, loved the editting and the quality is dope. I subscribed 👍🏼
DontFuckWitDreDay (11 days ago)
5K iMac is for poor people.
evilution (3 days ago)
DontFuckWitDreDay Most people who bought a iMac pro don’t need it and could do the work on a 5K version.
tinydancer2607 (11 days ago)
FINALLY...we can understand what they are saying as opposed to ‘Motormouth’ who speaks (way) too fast and unclear. Great video. Thank you!
dela vago (12 days ago)
Always video editors. Your skills aren't enough to test the imac pro. I want to see some 3D modeling and code compiling . Scene rendering. Video editing isn't enough
sarath sasikumar (12 days ago)
who would need these beasts for daily surfing and movie playings??!!😎😎.... i better stick with my cute dell...
Andy Repka (12 days ago)
Clickbait title
DG TV (13 days ago)
Why just do an 8k video compare, 4K would have been great too
Leo Joey (13 days ago)
um. wait I thought that the iMac pro had better P3 something... like a wider gamut
slaWterCH (13 days ago)
The silent operation alone is worth the small price difference. I'm waiting for the new Mac Pro as I already have external 5K displays I'd like to reuse.
Franco Calaramo (13 days ago)
Can you please link the wallpaper of the iMac 5k?
Richard Servello (14 days ago)
$5000.....MWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Fucking insane! I just ordered an Origin desktop for my business (vfx for tv shows and commercials). I got an 8-core 3.6 Intel X, 128GB ram, and a 1080Ti for $4800. Apple tax is real. And before you jump on the monitor train...remember....this worthless iMac Pro has 32GB ram....not remotely enough for pro work...Sure a 5k monitor will cost more...but 128GB ram currently costs $1700!!!!! So mine still BLOW THIS CRAP AWAY for a MUCK lower price!
Richard Servello (14 days ago)
Try playback in Premiere.
ScreamingPixels (15 days ago)
Did WE make a mistake?? No! Apple did! I bought 5K back to 2016 and sometimes it’s even slower than my old iMac from 2007. Especially with games. Because most power of GPU it spend to render retina picture.
Matt Thomas (15 days ago)
the 5k would be my best bet, I have a 9 year old iMac 20" 2.66ghz... So it would be faster for me...
Bryan R Thompson (15 days ago)
I really question which of the two will even be working properly in 3-4 years. As a video editor, I invested heavy into a maxed out 2013 iMac as my every day driver, convinced that both Apple's design and product support would be the better value over time option vs building another PC. I started running into issues around 2 years in, but the system held firm with minor issues until year around year 3. By mid-2016 I was dealing with regular crashes, and by early 2017 the system almost cost me a couple of long-standing clients due to repeat system failures when pushing it in Premiere CC. Turns out, Apple's iMac thermal design just isn't good enough for long-term serious use. After several consultations and few over-night stays in Apple's shop, I was told that given the workload, I should be happy I got as much out of it as I did. Premiere isn't optimized like FCP is for the system so every project with 4k or even worse, long GOP formatted footage, really started to push the thermal limits just scrubbing through timelines and 7 out of every 10 attempts to render caused a complete system failure and a force restart! Sure, 3+ years for a system in a professional work environment is pretty good - I made my money back on the investment several times over - But when I started looking around and waiting for Apple to release a better product... All they did was announce more design-heavy options that look like they'll become glorified paperweights in a few years time. So, I built a new PC with an emphasis on cooling and thermal design - time will tell if it was the right decision, but when I saw that Apple wasn't changing the design on the iMac Pro and was still going cram in server grade desktop hardware with only minor modifications to the layout and a single added fan, well... best of luck to anyone buying it for long-term use! There's a reason you won't find modern mac pros or iMacs used in a serious Post house, they just aren't a reliable investment for the long run! Stick with modified g5 towers, or build a PC :)
Noel E (16 days ago)
How does the iMac pro blow the regular iMac out of the water in Black Magic but then you say the iMac 5k wasn’t far behind?
powermichiel (16 days ago)
8K is sooooooooo mainstream... lol !
C Cooper (16 days ago)
Mateo Gomez (17 days ago)
Tire three artistic vanish wander thousand magic key chaos manufacturing
Derek (17 days ago)
No g sync / v sync. There’s your downside.
yoyo (17 days ago)
Dude I was confused. The iMac Pro is also 5k.
ColeWorks (17 days ago)
40GB RAM in 5K iMac?
For my web designing needs. The iMac 5K will last me 8 years.. just saying :')
LoveTech (18 days ago)
Enjoyed the video. I think its better to wait for the Mac Pro 2018, before buying a iMac Pro 2017.
Dolphinasd Gaming (18 days ago)
With the base price of the iMac Pro, u could by yourself one of the Hp desktop workstations with about 48 TB, 56 core i9 Xeon I think, 3 ni idea graphics card.
Dosbol Duysekov (18 days ago)
iMac 5K upgradable too, you could buy cheaper version, replace CPU, RAM, SSD and save at least a thousand $. Old hardware also can be sold too make extra money.
David (18 days ago)
I just switched from a completely custom built PC to an entry level 27" 5K iMac and I have to say...for someone who doesn't work with videos or anything much more intensive than basic Lightroom /Photoshop, the iMac has more than enough power to easily handle daily tasks. Don't get me wrong, for gaming and heavy workloads, I'm sure the PC has it's strong suits but the stability of MacOS is simply unmatched. Anyways, great video!
how can it 'grow with you' when it's not upgradeable 'out of the box' e.g. no Ram acces hatch, no upgradeable internal storage/gpu/...?
Joshua Stefano Baguio (18 days ago)
how to make the title bar opaque? :O im new to mac
Michael Burns (18 days ago)
What was that desktop background on the standard 27 inch?
neil hartley (18 days ago)
i decided to get a thread ripper pc a 3rd faster and at half the price and better specs by a long shot, i have given up on Apple I'm sorry to say after 10 years.
Dennis Herold (18 days ago)
Nice review. Can the 5K iMac work with an eGPU? This would be a better option.
ciderandthorazine (19 days ago)
bend over and let apple part your cleft, if you've never picked up a screwdriver (that wasn't a cocktail). that's what i get from this video. fawning fanboy swill.
andrea effe rao (19 days ago)
"if you are on the market to edit and create videos..." consider a machine you won't have to throw away when the graphics card will be obsolete in 2 or 3 years, while the CPU will be still viable. Wait for the new mac pro or go pc :)
Bubo Mc (19 days ago)
guys can you link the wallpaper of the imac on the left?? thank you <3
Aljaž Ugovšek (19 days ago)
Desktop bacground on just imac??
smartbot7 (19 days ago)
With the $1,000 off that MicroCenter is running the iMac Pro is a much better value!
Tobias Funke (19 days ago)
Its always annoying how these video reviewers assume every workload is just like theirs, heavy video editing in Premiere or Final Cut, photo editing. What about music production? Development? Engineering? How does it handle huge amounts of VMs? Large compile times? Ableton or Logic tracks with huge amounts of automation, virtual instruments, tracks? Scientific simulations? Benchmarks exist for all of these things
Scott Pleasants (19 days ago)
I would have to disagree with this review that iMac Pro is the way to go. Today you can get two more machines that can handle the video rendering from the Adobe suite for much cheaper. Unfortunately it does not run OS X. In my opinion if you are running the Adobe suite, it might be time for you to really look at a Windows-based machine. This price tag for an iMac Pro is really ridiculous.
Krishna Yalla (20 days ago)
hi guys, really good video. However, your single core scores seem very low for the imac Pro. I have the same machine and scored a 5122 score for the single core score. Might want to try the test out again or check what programs are running in the background.
dunno yolo (20 days ago)
Have to sell the wife to buy one. But hell its Damn worth it buy wifey.
WestUCoog (20 days ago)
Makes even more sense if you get the base model iMac Pro from Microcenter for $1000 off! That's $3999. Not much more than a fully spec'd out iMac.
Joe King (20 days ago)
Great comparison. Thanks...
anish sachdeva (21 days ago)
Or you could just make a PC with 5000$ that blows both of then away. I love technobuffalo but i think that this video wasn't up to there standards. Recommending a 5000$ machine and suggesting that it is a good value for professionals is insane. I am also a professional software developer and i can't understand why weren't NVDIA graphics discussed and especially the lack of them. It's appalling.
TechnoBuffalo (20 days ago)
We edit in final cut.
Jenson Turner (21 days ago)
Design is “terrible!” because cooling is the awful. Performance, “worse than expected,” because the cooling system brings it down a but probably due to thermal throttling. Value is “about as valuable as your hometown getting hit with a tsunami”, because these systems are massively overpriced.
Ashvin Ambegaonker (21 days ago)
I don’t get why your videos are getting just darker and darker. The quality was top notch. Please add more lights.
Hi-Fi Insider (21 days ago)
good video guys.
TechnoBuffalo (21 days ago)
Thank you.
Quan On (21 days ago)
You did make a mistake... the second word in the description
Jerald Guevarra (21 days ago)
Look at those atrocius bezels.... God damn
Epicat64 (21 days ago)
I love how the video looks! Keep up the excellent work!
Josh C (21 days ago)
You can purchase an iMac Pro for $4000 (base model)
Patrick Cruz (21 days ago)
I just want the Space Gray color....I don’t care about the rest :/
Jose Rivera (21 days ago)
What about for audio production?
Jordan Vasquez (21 days ago)
If I had to choose between these two I would go for the 5K because its more bang for buck and I would not need the power of the iMac Pro. That being said... I cannot deny the sexiness of the Space Gray iMac Pro...it might be worth the extra $ right there.
Jonislol (21 days ago)
cant even play 8k. LeL
Arley Rodriguez (21 days ago)
Great video!
Eddie Davis (21 days ago)
Quick time is trash.
Clinton W Salvato (21 days ago)
I have a 27" 5K iMac. I have a background in production, but I currently don't have the experience, or work load demands that would make me need the iMac pro, or even the 2017 iMac over the late 2015. Most of the time the iMac is used as a general computer, but I do heavier tasks at times such as running virtual machines. One other consistent use the iMac has is a media streaming server. I have the top standard config 3.3Ghz core i5 SkyLake, 32 GB RAM that i upgraded from Amazon, a 2 TB Fusion drive, and the AMD R9-m395 2GB VRAM GPU. Overall really content with the setup, I've been able to experiment with some 4K@30 from my iPhone 7 Plus without any issues, and of course, HD is no issue.
Clinton W Salvato (21 days ago)
I wouldn't think so, the iMac Pro is extremely high priced.  Nice system, but only a handful of people really need it.  If I was going to make that kind of purchase, I would personally build my own computer so I could maintain it much more effectively then current Macs.
jGlOL [144hz] (21 days ago)
nobody can afford that lol
Petar Smilajkov (21 days ago)
You lost me @ 40GB of RAM ...
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
Once the imac gets 8th gen i7s with 6 cores, bang for buck will only get better. Dave lee made a good point, the imac pro is not for youtubers or prosumers. ECC memory and Xeons are not always a good deal for video editing. Its meant for deep learning and compute based tasks.
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
Hearing fans is a good thing. When it comes to macs fans tend to kick on late to give an illusion of good cooling, but in reality the system is just running hot. Xeons run pretty hot and I would rather have my CPU for a long time and deal with noise than have it be silent and potentially burnout
Etienne Pienaar (21 days ago)
so only apple products....biased much...there are lots of better machines out there other that apple...Alientware, Hp Omen, Microsoft Surface studio...MSI any high end, all blow these out of the water! COMON Apple fan boys!
whiteandnerdytuba (21 days ago)
Don't know why y'all are surprised it couldn't play 8k video. It's all low end hardware compared to windows work stations. Half baked
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
7700k and a lower end xeon just dont cut it. Threadripper would do nicely and it would be cheaper than either of these! Before GPUs became overpriced I priced out a TR build for just under 3,000
Fxckitscian _ (21 days ago)
I ordered the iMac pro, I hope its worth it, fully specced out.
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
Shoulda built two hackintoshes with an i9. Better bang for buck
Juan Duran (21 days ago)
Javier Martos (21 days ago)
Wallpaper on the 5k?
Muhammad Salajee (21 days ago)
Where’s the 18 core that’s the real challenge.
Corbin Anslie (21 days ago)
Seriously, like others have said... this video was tops for current tech reviewers in the game right now. Nothing against seeing Rettinger's lovely face, but wow, this was a beautiful edit. Actually made me want to scroll down and comment about it, only to see the other top comments saying the same thing. Keep doing your thing like this, and you will be in that MKBHD realm soon.
TechnoBuffalo (21 days ago)
That is awesome, thank you.
Shaun Halgryn (21 days ago)
suspects2097 (21 days ago)
Oh boy - feel so sorry for Video content creators that need to buy a iMac Pro just for getting final cut...
dgeviper (21 days ago)
I work with 4K files and primarily use After Effects for a living and I simply cannot justify the outlandish cost of the iMac Pro. Hell, I’m not even sure I want to use Apple products anymore in general. Windows 10 is actually pretty great and you can get a Xeon powered PC workstation for far less than the price of this all-in-one.
Solo (17 days ago)
Tbh why get an imac pro when you can just get a surface studio for $2k less and it can just about do the same shit, its not as powerful but its no where near as expensive.
Sam Beddoes (19 days ago)
Yeah Windows 10 is pretty damn good actually, probably my favourite since XP. I have a good number of gripes with it but it's really catching up with OSX in design and efficiency in a tonne of ways. I use both for my work but I prefer my 5K iMac for everything that's not Windows-exclusive - but I don't blame anybody choosing Windows now, especially artists who can pretty much buy a computer with their graphics tablet built in if they go for a Surface. It ain't about the price, though. If you're a hobbyist sure, but the difference in pricing only tends to be a couple of hundred or less if you want something with a good form factor with good components (i.e. 4-5K screen, speakers, wireless peripherals) and that's not a big deal for a business expense and investment, and building your own PC is... not for everyone (I've done it quite a few times, but I prefer the all-in-one form factor to having all those cables and all that space taken up). Surface Book costs more than MacBook Pro and Surface Studio costs more than the 5K iMac - but then if you're an artist, a Surface is going to cost less than a Mac plus a Cintiq tablet, so swings and roundabouts really!
TonyRedSox (21 days ago)
Etienne Pienaar Well I never trashed Linux did I? Linux is a great OS and I run Ubuntu on my Chromebook
Etienne Pienaar (21 days ago)
TonyRedSox actually I use Linux... there are just better devices out there other than macs
TonyRedSox (21 days ago)
You ain't shit just another broke ass Windows user. Mac is for the refined brilliant sophisticated people of the world. Windows for the primitive unwashed masses.
Riyan Raahim (21 days ago)
Awesome Editing
S.M. FARHADUZZAMAN (22 days ago)
3 min=2000$ This is the true way of making money
yvalson (22 days ago)
Choose neither and build a 5k i9 7980XE 18 core 36 thread system instead and hackintosh it
yvalson (21 days ago)
RiceCube Tech yeah indeed but the there are workarounds however they lower performance by a extremely high precent
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
Thats what I'm saying. Too bad MacOS doesn't work with threadripper because then it would be cheaper.
Edward N (22 days ago)
can I have the wallpaper for the 5k iMac ?
Jose Luis Castellanos (22 days ago)
Great video! Those benchmarks mean nothing without reference of what is better, higher or lower values.
Prasoon Singh (22 days ago)
Adobe’s software isn’t optimized yet for the iMac Pro right? That’s what Jonathan said in his video.
Alex Hastie (22 days ago)
Did I miss something? When did Mark get back? It’s good to see him again
Bence Mátrai (22 days ago)
Great vid but just dont use a Mac :D buy a Windows machine
Daniel Kovács (9 days ago)
Biztosan nagyon hálásak, hogy szóltál nekik. Biztosan soha nem láttak még Windows gépet, ezért használnak Mac-et. Tuti nem arról van szó, hogy te nem használtál normális Mac-et és kurva elfogult vagy :)
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
TBH if you weren't using Final Cut there is no reason to video edit on Mac.
Utkarsh Anand (22 days ago)
Can you tell me which plane sounds like that? I’m really interested. Maybe I can use the same tech in jet planes. If you haven’t heard one, you can even go to a wind tunnel facility at your nearby university. In fact I haven’t seen any other laptop, let alone desktop that has as low a sound. In fact, even the older ceiling fans (I’m not talking about the 20th century ones that you’d find in Indian university hostels, which are actually quite noisy) sound much louder than that.
Jakub Ciesluk (22 days ago)
Could someone give a link to the wallpaper on iMac Pro? Thank you.
ASIF VIRK (22 days ago)
All YouTuber's r apple crazy come on give it a rest. This is the only company for them if tomorrow it was no more there will panic on YouTube. YouTuber's do all these reviews on phones and computers but in the end they all come back to Apple secretly that's the truth if they say otherwise it's all bullshite.
foreverbbooyy (22 days ago)
very high video quality!
Tajirinere Agboghoroma (22 days ago)
Waste of time
Techno Mirza (22 days ago)
I mac pro
Matt Ellison (22 days ago)
TelecasticMagic (22 days ago)
Why the hell cant the iMac Pro play back 8k video? I bet QuickTime isn’t coded properly yet again and is buggy just like the rest of Apple’s software
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
Did you not watch the video? The imac pro stuttered during playback.
Nikos (21 days ago)
TelecasticMagic the imac pro can play back 8k footage, the 5k imac can't
1yedMonster (22 days ago)
Those prices are 🤢
Sathish Mechy (22 days ago)
Dope 🔥
Master Lorden (22 days ago)
A fully loaded iMac Pro (all options maxed out) will run you $14k. Or in the average American citizen terms, a chunk of your annual salary.
RiceCube Tech (21 days ago)
It isn't something you should buy unless you need xeons and ecc ram. A Hackintosh running an 8700k (2 more cores than the i7 in this video) in Final Cut is not much slower than those lower end Xeons. There is no reason to buy anything with xeons and ecc ram unless you're doing compute based tasks or constantly running your computer.
Daren Halfpenny (22 days ago)
Or £100 in non-taxable salary per week on lease - in business terms, about an hour's work. This is not a machine for the 'Average American'.
Seth Arvila (22 days ago)
What is the 5k iMac wallpaper?
Chris. H (22 days ago)
iMac 5K Background Link?
Grten3 (22 days ago)
Technobuffalo video is so cinematic!
Glenn Rivera (22 days ago)
Oh wow mark is still around 🤣

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