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By Jason Snell

By Request: Do I really need an iMac Pro?

The iMac Pro comes out in December.

It is kind of ridiculous: 8, 10, or 18 cores. 4.5GHz turbo boost. Radeon Pro Vega graphics. Support for up to 128GB of RAM. Fast SSD. And it comes in Space Gray.

I use a 5K iMac. It’s great. And yet…. yet…

Am I wrong to be tempted by the iMac Pro?

The heavy lifting I do on my iMac is audio and video editing. I spend a lot of time with some pretty intense de-noising plug-ins to make audio sound better. Having more processor cores would make all of that go faster. The faster storage would help too.

Do I need the graphics power? No, I do not. But the funny thing about Apple’s product line is, I don’t get to pick and choose and build my own Mac. If I want many fast processor cores, I will need to buy the graphics power too.…

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