SHOOTOUT: 2019 Mac Pro 16-Core versus iMac Pro 18-Core
February 25th, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
How does the top 18-Core iMac Pro stack up against the 16-Core and 12-Core 2019 Mac Pro?
19MP 16c = 2019 Mac Pro 16-core 3.20GHz Xeon W-3245 CPU, 96GB of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
iMP 18c = 2017 iMac Pro 18-core 2.3GHz Xeon W-2190B CPU, 128GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU (16GB of HBM2 memory)
19MP 12c = 2019 Mac Pro 12-core 3.3GHz Xeon W-3235 CPU, 96GB of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
Cinebench 20 - CPU Render of 3D Sample Scene
For more Mac comparisons see our Cinebench Shootout page. (HIGHER Score = FASTER)
Blender 2.81a - CPU Multi-Core Render
Used the BMW Demo Scene. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Compressor - Transcode BruceX to HEVC
Using the BruceX 5K project, we used Compressor to transcode it to HEVC 10-bit. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)
HandBrake - Transcode
We transcoded a 1080p ProRes two minute project to HEVC 10-bit.
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
After Effects 2020 - Render Project
Rendered the TESTCOMP benchmark project . (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Lightroom Classic - Export Full-Sized JPEGs
We exported 100 Sony 7952x5304 images. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
The 18-Core iMac Pro rivals the performance of the 12-Core and 16-Core 2019 Mac Pro tower when it comes to CPU intensive applications.
The cost of the iMac Pro 18-Core configured with 128GB memory, 4TB flash storage, and Pro Vega 64 GPU is $10,949 USD. The 2019 Mac Pro 16-Core with 128GB memory, 4TB flash storage, and one Pro Vega II GPU would cost $13,599 USD. Since the iMac Pro comes with a 5K display, to be fair, you would have to add the cost of the LG UltraFine 5K display to the Mac Pro bringing the total price to $14,899 USD.
On the other hand, the 2019 Mac Pro excels in user serviceable upgrade-ability.
Big mahalo to Kyle Prohaska of Prohaska Studios for running the benchmarks on his 18-Core iMac Pro.
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