5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 16, 2017 7:56 AM by hhost05

    5k imac vs iMac pro for PS

    hhost05 Level 1

      I’m looking for the best computer for photoshop. I normally have 20+ layers in photoshop, along with 5 or so raw files opened as smart objects, in order to do exposure blending in photoshop. I’ve been waiting a while for the new iMac pro, but their single core performance is lower than that of the 7700k iMac 5k. I’ll get 64gb of ram regardless of which system I get, and I don’t do video editing at all. So which one would be better for my uses?

        • 1. Re: 5k imac vs iMac pro for PS
          D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          With an iMac you're paying for a substandard screen. The rest of the hardware should do splendidly.

          • 2. Re: 5k imac vs iMac pro for PS
            WILDCAT54 Level 4

            What are you using now?

            I work with TONS of large projects across multiple programs and am able to excel with an Intel  Core i7-3770 and 16GB of RAM.

             

            I have no idea what I would do with 64GB of RAM, let alone the 32GB the iMac Pro will come with.

            • 3. Re: 5k imac vs iMac pro for PS
              WILDCAT54 Level 4

              Im drooling over that new iMac though

              • 4. Re: 5k imac vs iMac pro for PS
                D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                The iMac's achilles heel has always been the display. They have always been mediocre, and not up to the same standard as the rest of the hardware - 5K or not. Color differences across the screen is common.

                 

                RAM is not as critical as it was. The new M.2 SSDs are so crazy fast that the scratch disk is no longer the bottleneck it once was. Just make sure it has enough capacity.

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                • 5. Re: 5k imac vs iMac pro for PS
                  hhost05 Level 1

                  I currently used a 2016 Macbook Pro. The most limiting factor is of course the 16GB of ram. But a faster processor would be appreciated as well.

                   

                  In terms of benchmark, the 7700k iMac and the 10 core Xeon iMac Pro are about the same in the single core benchmark, although the iMac Pro is faster by about 90% in multicore ones.

                   

                  So what I really am curious to know is to what extent Photoshop can take advantage of the 6 extra cores of the iMac Pro? If it can only use 3-4 cores effectively, then the regular iMac seems to be the best choice.