1. Jaap-Jan Willig's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I’m interested in buying a Mac which will be used for extensive photo-editing, video-editing and graphical designing. However, I’m doubting what to buy... the 27 inch 5k iMac (base Model; 3.4ghz 4-core, 8gb ram, 1tb fusion drive, and 4gb AMD Radeon Pro 570) or a Mac Pro with (6-core 3.5ghz, 12gb ram, 2x d300 2gb and 1tb ssd).

    The iMac starts at 2100 euro, the Mac Pro is 2450. We already own an Apple 27’’ thunderbolt Cinema Display.

    Thank you in advance!

    Jaap-jan
    05-07-2018 03:09 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Either should be sufficient for your needs.
    05-07-2018 07:28 PM
  3. dcoke22's Avatar
    I used to have a 27" Thunderbolt display. I now have the 27" 5k iMac and I love it. I don't know that I could go back to the non-retina Thunderbolt display.

    The 2017 iMac has Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Mac Pro only has Thunderbolt 2 ports. Apple is only supporting eGPUs on Thunderbolt 3 ports. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544
    05-11-2018 08:28 AM
  4. bakron1's Avatar
    I have used both for my technical documentation business and I have found the newer iMac 27 5K 3.5 and 3.8 I5 units with the 4 and 8 gig video cards, fusion drives are more then adequate for my needs.
    05-20-2018 01:46 PM
  5. stavwoz's Avatar
    I have thebase model 27” and to be honest find it painfully slow for photo editing - I think the main reason is the hdd, I have a MacBook Pro from 2015 and it has ssd and seems so much faster. I have just ordered an external ssd which I am going to put the operating system on to speed it up.
    06-01-2018 05:53 AM
  6. vojislavsh's Avatar
    I have thebase model 27” and to be honest find it painfully slow for photo editing - I think the main reason is the hdd, I have a MacBook Pro from 2015 and it has ssd and seems so much faster. I have just ordered an external ssd which I am going to put the operating system on to speed it up.
    How can you do that? Is it the same as the in built ssd?
    08-20-2018 08:13 AM
  7. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I have a 2011 iMac that I upgraded to 16 gigs ram and 500 gig SSD and it runs Photoshop and Lightroom with no problems. I can only imagine what an upgraded version will do.

    However, I don't have any experience with fusion drives but love the speed and performance of SSD's.
    08-20-2018 09:07 AM

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