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Low End iMac Pro Running Games versus Other Macs

December 30th, 2017, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
December 31st - Added results for GTX TITAN Xp

Not sure gamers will typically want to spend 5K or more to use an iMac Pro for a gaming system, but just because we can, we wanted you to know how well it 'plays' with the other Macs.

GRAPH LEGEND
iMac Pro 8c Vega64 - AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB) GPU inside the 2017 iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-Core Xeon W-2140B CPU, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM
iMac 5K Pro580 - AMD Radeon Pro 580 (8GB) inside the 2017 iMac 5K 4.2GHz Quad Core i7 (7700K), 64GB of 2400MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM.
nMP 8c Vega64 eGPU - AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8GB) GPU installed in Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box and connected to the TB2 port of the 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Xeon E5-1680 v2 CP, 64GB of 1866MHz of DDR3 ECC SDRAM; DisplayPort on Vega connected directly to the Dell 5K display
nMP 8c D700s - AMD FirePro D700s (6GB each) GPUs installed in the 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Xeon E5-1680 v2 CP, 64GB of 1866MHz of DDR3 ECC SDRAM; TB2 port connected to the LG UltraFine 5K display
cMP 12c Vega64 - AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8GB) GPU installed in 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM; DisplayPort of GPU connected to a Dell 5K display.
cMP 12c TITANXp - NVIDIA TITAN Xp (12GB) GPU installed in 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM; DisplayPort of GPU connected to a Dell 5K display.
cMP 12c 1080Ti - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11GB) GPU installed in 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM; DisplayPort of GPU connected to a Dell 5K display.
cMP 12c 1080 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB) GPU installed in 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM; DisplayPort of GPU connected to a Dell 5K display.

DIRT Rally
Using the built-in Benchmark mode, we selected Medium preset at 2560x1440 Fullscreen, disabled Vsync, and disabled MSAA.
(FASTER Frames per Second = FASTER)

Total War: WARHAMMER
Using the built-in 'dwarfs versus greenskins' Benchmark, we selected "High" preset, 2560x1440, full screen. (FASTER Frames per Second = FASTER)

X-Plane 11
Using a recorded 2 minute flight of the SR-71 Blackbird, we started up benchmarking mode from the Terminal app specifying 2560x1440, full screen, circle view, high quality (fps_test=3). (FASTER Frames per Second = FASTER)

Tomb Raider
Built-in Benchmark was run using HIGH preset at 2560x1440 Fullscreen. (FASTER Frames per Second = FASTER)

WHAT DID WE LEARN?
The 'low-end' iMac Pro out-performs fastest iMac 5K and Mac Pros with the best GPUs. Think of it this way: when you are done doing pro stuff, you can have some high rez playtime.

The slow Warhammer performance by NVIDIA GPUs is a frustrating . Send your queries to Feral Interactive.

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WHERE TO BUY THE AMD RADEON RX VEGA 64 GPU
B&H Photo Video sells various brand of Radeon RX Vega 64. Check also with NewEgg. Both also sell the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and various other Pascal NVIDIA GPUs.

WHERE TO BUY Thunderbolt 3 GPU expander boxes
Order the eGFX Breakaway Box direct from Sonnet Technologies or from B&H Photo Video.

The AKiTiO Node eGFX Box can be ordered from B&H Photo Video.

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