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This is one of 3 articles dedicated to Apple’s iMacs:

1. How to choose the best Apple iMac 21.5″
2. How to choose the best Apple iMac 27″
3. How to choose the best Apple iMac Pro (this article)

Who is the Apple iMac ideal for?

1. Do you want one of the most reliable computers available on the market?
2. Do you want the most powerful computer currently available from Apple?
3. Do you want a computer that’s excellent all around?

That’s the Apple iMac Pro for you.

It’s a computer that’s solid, reliable, powerful, with an outstanding 27″ display, surprisingly powerful and accurate speakers and that has a small footprint.

What can the Apple iMac Pro do for you?

– Audio/photo/video/3D/VR with outstanding performance.
– Web browsing
– Office work (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
– Emails
– Listen to and record music
– Watching TV/movies from local files or streaming.
– Connecting multiple external monitors.
– Pretty much any task that you can ask for.

Why choose the iMac Pro?

– It’s an all-in-one computer, so there’s no bulky tower.
– The power supply is integrated in the iMac, so there’s no bulky power brick.
– Powerful enough to handle highly demanding photo/video/3D/VR apps and heavy files
– Outstanding CPU performance: Up to 18 cores Intel Xeon workstation-class CPUs offer performance that pros expect.
Dedicated video card with 8GB or 16GB of dedicated memory, boosting performance in apps with GPU acceleration.
– Displays come with an IPS panel and high maximum brightness, with excellent color accuracy and viewing angles.
– It’s an Apple PC: mac OS, Siri, iCloud, many built-in apps, highly reliable, excellent customer service
– Quiet: The fan is hardly audible, unless you push the CPU to 100% for a long time.
– Speakers can go surprisingly loud and actually offers a decent dynamic range, considering their size.
– Solid and great looking aluminum chassis
– 10Gb Ethernet port
– Bluetooth 4.2
– Latest generation 802.11ac WiFi
– 4 x Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type-C
– 4 x Mini DisplayPort via Type-C
– 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
– 90 Days of Free Telephone Support from Apple
– Although Apple makes some odd choices sometimes, their customer service is excellent in the vast majority of cases.
– UHS-II SDXC Card Reader

Why you might not want the Apple iMac Pro: Cons

– Upgrading the CPU, RAM and storage is possible, but highly complicated
– It’s the most expensive Apple iMac
– No optical drive. You can get an external USB powered optical drive, if you want to.
– 1 year warranty is surprisingly short for such a premium product. You can extend it with AppleCare though.
– Getting used to macOS if you’ve never used it before.

How to Choose your Apple iMac Pro

What you need to know:

The 4 differences between all the iMac Pro:

1. Choose between four levels of CPU performance:

From the lowest to highest performance:
– Intel Xeon W-2140B: Eight Cores / 16 threads 3.2-4.2GHz
– Intel Xeon W-2150B: Ten Cores / 20 threads 3.0-4.5GHz
– Intel Xeon W-2170B: Fourteen Cores / 28 threads 2.5-4.3GHz
– Intel Xeon W-2191B: Eighteen Cores / 36 threads 3.0-4.5GHz

More cores mean higher performance in demanding applications such as the Adobe suite, 3D, video and VR.

2. Choose between three levels of graphic card performance

There are three options available to you, in order of performance, from slowest to fastest:
1. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 8GB: 3584 SPs, 56 compute units, 8GB of memory
2. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 16GB: 11 Teraflops single precision, 22TF half precision: 4096 SPs, 64 compute units, 16GB of memory
3. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X 16GB: 12TF single precision, 24TF half precision: 4096 SPs, 64 compute units, 16GB of memory

If you only use your iMac Pro for photo editing or other programs that aren’t visually demanding, such as Office and Web browsing, the base option is fine.

On the other hand, if you do a lot of video editing, render 3D, VR or play video games, the Radeon Pro Vega 64 16GB will give you better performance.

For the best performance, the Vega 64X is a tad faster than the non-X variant.

3. Choose between 32, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of memory (RAM)

4GB_RAM_macbook_airYou have the choice between 32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of memory.

So what do I want? 32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB?

It depends on what you intend to do with your iMac.

If you only use your iMac to run Photoshop and Lightroom, you should be able to get by with 32GB.

Are you a power user, wanting to run multiple heavier programs (audio/photo/video/3D) at once, work with virtual machines, very large data files, like to multitask and have no time to lose? 64GB or even 128GB GB would the wiser option then.

If you are running VMs or simply need all the RAM that you can get your hands on, 256GB is an option.

If you intend on keeping your iMac for many years, going with more memory than you need right now is a good idea, seeing as memory usage keeps increasing, with newer versions of programs using more and more memory.

Keep in mind that while it is possible to upgrade the memory in the iMac Pro, it is a lengthy and complicated process, so unless you have experience taking apart computers, I would recommend getting the right amount of RAM to begin with.

4. Three storage capacities:
1, 2 or 4TB

Unsure about how whether you want 1, 2 or 4TB of storage?

Read our article on How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer to figure it out.

Leave a comment at the end of this article if you have any questions.

Apple iMac Pro

39 recommended CPU/RAM/GPU configurations:

From the least powerful to the most powerful model:

1. Eight Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

1TB SSD: $4,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD
$5,399.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD
$6,198.95 at B&H

Is it safe to buy an iMac from B&H Photo Video instead of the Apple Store? 

B&H Photo Video is an Authorized Apple Reseller. That means B&H has received authorization from Apple to sell Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc. This is great for you because B&H prices are generally much lower than the Apple Store. Items ship promptly and you receive the same warranty as if you had made the purchase at the Apple Store. In fact, you still receive all the benefits of the Apple Store (classes, Genius Bar access, etc.) when you buy from B&H Photo Video. So really, the only difference between buying from B&H and the Apple Store is that with B&H you will probably save a lot of money!

2. Eight Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD$5,549.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD
$5,949.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $6,748.95 at B&H

3. Eight Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD$5,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD
$6,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $6,898.95 at B&H

4. Eight Core CPU

64GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD$5,399.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD
$5,799.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $6,598.95 at B&H

5. Eight Core CPU

64GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $5,949.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,349.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,148.95 at B&H

6. Eight Core CPU

64GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,099.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,499.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,298.95 at B&H

7. 8 Core CPU

128GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,998.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,398.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,198.95 at B&H

8. 8 Core CPU

128GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB
– 1TB SSD: $7,548.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,948.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,748.95 at B&H

9. 8 Core CPU

128GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB
– 1TB SSD: $7,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,899.00 at B&H

10. 8 Core CPU

256GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB
– 1TB SSD: $10,899.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $11,299.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $12,099.00 at B&H

11. 10 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $5,794.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,198.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $6,998.95 at B&H

12. 10 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,349.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,748.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,548.95 at B&H

13. 10 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,698.95 at B&H

14. 10 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

1TB SSD: $6,198.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,599.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,398.95 at B&H

15. 10 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,749.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,149.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,948.95 at B&H

16. 10 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,899.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,299.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,098.95 at B&H

17. 10 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,349.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,749.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,549.00 at B&H

18. 10 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,699.00 at B&H

19. 10 Core

256GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $11,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $12,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $12,899.00 at B&H

20. 14 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $6,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $6,998.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $7,798.95 at B&H

21. 14 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,149.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,549.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,348.95 at B&H

22. 14 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,298.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,698.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,498.95 at B&H

23. 14 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

1TB SSD: $6,999.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,398.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,198.95 at B&H

24. 14 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,549.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,948.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,748.95 at B&H

25. 14 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,698.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,098.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,898.95 at B&H

26. 14 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,998.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,798.95 at B&H

27. 14 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $9,148.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $9,548.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $10,348.95 at B&H

28. 14 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $9,298.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $9,698.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $10,498.95 at B&H

29. 14 Core

256GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $12,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $12,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $13,699.00 at B&H

30. 18 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,399.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $7,798.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,598.95 at B&H

31. 18 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $7,948.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,348.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,148.95 at B&H

32. 18 Core CPU

32GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,048.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,498.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,298.95 at B&H

33. 18 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

1TB SSD: $7,798.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,198.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $8,998.95 at B&H

34. 18 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,349.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,749.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,548.95 at B&H

35. 18 Core

64GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $8,498.95 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $8,898.95 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $9,698.95 at B&H

36. 18 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 56 8GB

– 1TB SSD: $9,399.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $9,799.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $10,599.00 at B&H

37. 18 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $9,949.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $10,349.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $11,149.00 at B&H

38. 18 Core

128GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $10,049.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $10,499.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $11,299.00 at B&H

39. 18 Core

256GB RAM, Vega 64X 16GB

– 1TB SSD: $13,299.00 at B&H
– 2TB SSD: $13,699.00 at B&H
– 4TB SSD: $14,499.00 at B&H

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on how you can choose the best Apple iMac Pro for your needs.

Do you have any feedback or any questions? Are you unsure which model is the best one for you?

Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.