Roundup: Comparing the 18-core iMac Pro to the 10-core model

The iMac Pro is an interesting product. It’s not as modular as a Mac Pro could be, but is much more powerful than a standard 5K iMac. With that being said, the iMac Pro is getting outstanding reviews, and recently, Apple has begun shipping the 18-core iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac you can purchase today. And reception seems to be pretty good.

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First 18-Core iMac benchmarks showcase obvious multi-core benefits

After a bit of a delay, the 18-core iMac Pro should be arriving to most customers sometime this month. Jonathan Morrison got his hands on the top of the line iMac Pro and put it through the obligatory benchmark tests to see how it stacked up. Right off the bat it’s evident that the 18-core iMac Pro is a multi-core performance monster, racking up a GeekBench 4 score of nearly 50,000. more…

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Apple Begins Shipping the Insanely Powerful 18-Core iMac Pro

Just over six-weeks after pre-orders initially opened up, Apple on Wednesday morning began shipping the first batch of its top-of-the-line 18-core iMac Pro, which should reportedly start showing up on customers’ doorsteps by next Tuesday, February 6, MacRumors confirmed.

According to readers Anthony Berenato, Steve McKinnon, and several others over on the MacRumors iMac Pro discussion forum, Apple allegedly began sending out FedEx shipping notifications on Wednesday.

iMac Pro Specs

Boasting a trove of advanced features and industry firsts, including a powerful Intel Xeon CPU, super-fast ECC RAM, Apple’s T2 chip and more, the iMac Pro was released back in December to much fan-fare.

It’s truly a special — and especially powerful — all-in-one Mac computer, which the company designed to court professionals with demanding workflows, who require maximum precision, speed, and fluidity to conduct their work.

While a base-model iMac Pro with Intel’s 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of super-fast ECC memory, a 1TB SSD and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB memory will set you back a cool $ 4,999 — the model we’re talking about today is of the highly-upgraded configuration boasting Intel’s 2.3GHz 18-Core Xeon CPU, as much as 128GB of ECC memory, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with as much as 16GB of memory.

Here in the U.S., said configuration starts out at the base-price of $ 7,399, and goes all the way up to $ 13,199 for the ‘maxed-out’ model boasting an 18-core Xeon processor, 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

Worth noting is that back when the 18-core iMac Pro configuration first went up for pre-order on Apple’s website, the company quoted shipping estimates of 6-8 weeks; based on today’s notifications, that would put the first deliveries slightly ahead of their anticipated mid-February rollout.

Yes, some 18-core iMac Pro buyers were notified last month that their machines would be shipping by early January — however Apple was quick to notify customers of their false alarm in a follow-up email. Though, it seems today’s shipping updates are in fact the real deal.

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Early 18-core iMac Pro orders now shipping to US customers, 14-core model still absent

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Apple is now shipping three out of four of it’s major sub-groups of iMac Pro models, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.
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Apple Begins Shipping 18-Core iMac Pro to Customers

Apple today began shipping the 18-core iMac Pro to customers in the United States, just over six weeks after it began accepting orders. The first orders are estimated for delivery starting Tuesday, February 6.


MacRumors readers Anthony Berenato and Steve McKinnon both alerted us of the shipped status of their orders, while a few other Apple customers have echoed the same in the iMac Pro order topic in our discussion forums.


18-core iMac Pro configurations start at $7,399 in the United States, and with fully maxed out tech specs, the powerful workstation costs up to $13,199.

Apple quoted a shipping estimate of 6-8 weeks for the 18-core iMac Pro, pushing most deliveries into early February, so it is ever so slightly ahead of its schedule. We haven’t confirmed if 14-core models have shipped yet.

iMac Pro is also available in 8-core and 10-core configurations, priced from $4,999, and those models began shipping in late December. Micro Center is offering an impressive $1,000 off the base model while supplies last.

Last month, some customers were quoted an updated delivery timeframe of early January for 18-core iMac Pro orders, but in a follow-up email, Apple said this was an error. This time, the first orders have actually shipped out.

iMac Pro is a powerful, top-of-the-line workstation designed for professional users with demanding workflows, such as advanced video and graphics editing, virtual reality content creation, and real-time 3D rendering.

The machine can be configured with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 4TB of SSD storage, up to 128GB of ECC RAM, and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

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