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Jordan McGehee
Which New iMac Pro Do I Get?
on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:01:53 pm

Ok,

I am real excited about the new iMac Pro, but was curious which one I should get

First, I have between 5500-5800 to spend. From what I understand I can get the 8 core 64 GB machine with 8 GB video card

OR

the 8 core 32 GB machine with 16 GB video card.

I use after effects a lot as well as Cinema 4D. Do I go with more RAM or faster video card? I want faster rendering and faster realtime playback. I have never got a clear answer on what affects these 2 processes, I know that both RAM and video card play a role.

**TO PC ONLY ADVOCATES, PLEASE DO NOT CHIME IN! I AM MAC ONLY AND FOREVER!**


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Kevin Camp
Re: Which New iMac Pro Do I Get?
on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:30:48 pm

since you can't upgrade the video card in the iMac (unless that's changed with the iMac Pro), i'd lean towards the getting the better GPU... you can alway upgrade the RAM later on.

but if you said you'd never want to have to upgrade the RAM, get more RAM... I feel RAM is still more important than GPU acceleration, though Adobe is leveraging the GPU more with just about every update.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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Eric Santiago
Re: Which New iMac Pro Do I Get?
on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:48:08 pm

There are rumors that the RAM isnt as easy to upgrade.


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Jordan McGehee
Re: Which New iMac Pro Do I Get?
on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:19:14 pm

If I understand correctly neither the video card or RAM can be upgraded in the new iMac Pro. Knowing this, would you say get the more RAM?


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Kevin Camp
Re: Which New iMac Pro Do I Get?
on Dec 14, 2017 at 9:56:23 pm

it appears that the RAM can be upgraded after purchase, but evidently not as easily as the other iMacs:
https://www.macrumors.com/2017/12/14/imac-pro-ram-upgrade-apple/

Personally, I think i'd lean towards going with more RAM over VRAM unless you do a lot of 3D animation in an application that uses the GPU. But getting more VRAM now could better future-proof you machine... so it's a trade off.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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