After the rumours of when Apple would release the new iMac Pro, especially as 207 is running out, Apple has announced the release of the long-awaited iMac Pro on December 14th 2017.
Apple has given one or 2 people machines to play with ahead of the release, including YouTube personality Marques Brownlee was given the iMac Pro for a week ahead of the launch. Watch this video and learn about his thoughts on the system.
In case you are wondering what his iMac Pro is sat on its a HiRise Pro. For those who thrive on an uncluttered work surface, you’ll love the fact that HiRise Pro has plenty of hiding space to house hubs, hard drives and things like your AirPods, wallet or keys. A vented front grille ensures hidden hard drives have ample air circulation. If a tangled mess of cables on your desk drives you crazy, stash that web inside HiRise Pro, and simply feed out the right amount of cable through the cable management slot on the back of the stand.
What Do We Learn From This Video
The 8 core and 10 core will be available from Thursday but the 18 core won't be shipping until early next year.
The processor chips are the Intel Xeon W chips, which use an LGA2066 socket and Skylake-SP architecture, come in 8, 10, and 18 core configurations with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, 48 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, and support for up to 512GB of DDR4–2666 ECC memory. So the rumours suggesting that the iMac Pro could feature these server grade chips with an ARM co-processor have come to nothing.
- Intel 7980XE (18 cores/36 threads/42MB Cache)
- Intel 7900X (10 cores/20 threads/23MB Cache)
- Intel 7820X (8 cores/16 threads/19MB Cache)
The rumour suggesting that because the iMac Pro having only four memory modules that Apple will use the desktop LGA2066 socket in the iMac Pro, has proved correct. The the new Xeon W family has been designed help fill the gap in Intel’s processors between server and consumer use replacing the E5-1600 series that Apple has used in its Mac Pro and use Intel’s Skylake architecture.
There are no user changeable parts with the iMac Pro. What you buy is what you get. The unit is completely sealed so there will be no opportunity to upgrade RAM, Hard drive, anything, so you will need to bear that in mind when buying your iMac Pro.
What Do You Think About The iMac Pro Now?
Will you be queuing up to buy a new iMac Pro on Thursday? What about the fact that it is completely sealed, no user upgradeable parts? Will that be a problem to you? Do share your thought in the comments below.