The folks over at AppleInsider have put the entry-level iMac Pro (which starts at $6,299 CAD) to the test, by performing a series of performance benchmarks to find out just how much bang for your buck you’ll get out of your big investment.
They tested the iMac Pro with the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, starting off with a pre-rendered 34-minute video project with multiple 4K layers, color correction and effects. The whole rendering process took 18 minutes and 5 seconds, about twice as fast as it did on a specced-out 2016 MacBook Pro. CPU utilization was about 30 percent, with clock speed varying from 3.5 to 3.91 gigahertz.
The 8-core iMac Pro scored 1682 in multi-core and 176 in Single core performance when running Cinebench R15, a 3D rendering benchmark software.
Taking a look at Geekbench 4, a benchmark that looks at all-around performance, our 8-core Xeon scored a respectable 31,159 multi-core score, and even more impressive 5,088 single-core speeds. Typically, Xeon processors are great for multi-core tasks, but they lag behind in single core. These tests show the higher boost clocks from the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors really help.
To put the numbers into perspective, our single-core score gets close to the 2017 5K iMac with i7, which is the fastest single core Mac, coming in at 5,681. The iMac Pro also beats the standard iMac’s multi-core score of 19,353, with a 61 percent faster score of 31,595.
For more benchmark scores and technical details, please visit the source page.