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Re: Thoughts on a New iMac

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:23 pm

TheLegit wrote:You can get the lowest amount of RAM Apple offers and save yourself some cash sticking your own in as Apple seem seriously extortionate RAM wise.

Any reason for that by the way ?

Yes, it's known as the Apple Tax.

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Re: Thoughts on a New iMac

Postby Agharta » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:49 pm

TheLegit wrote:someone on Youtube specced a PC with the same components (Xeon, 5k screen, etc) and the price was actually comparable to the iMac Pro.
Can I suggest not viewing YT videos if looking for decent Tech journalism as any man and his dog Spot can create a channel there.
If I was speccing a very high end PC I’d go with a 16 Core AMD Threadripper which is currently ~£650 on Amazon.
You could build a nice desktop system around that with 128GB DDR4 3000, 2TB fast PCIe storage for about £2,800.
You’d need to add a keyboard/mouse and also a GPU and monitor to that but you get to choose your own.
For purely DAW usage a 27” 5K seems a complete waste of money.
Plus you get to choose a GPU which suits your workloads which for many DAW users means a ~£75 one at most and that will give you at least 3 video outputs.
So for not much more than 60% of the price of the entry level iMac Pro you’d have a spec that matches one costing around £9k, almost three times as much, plus the screen would be more useful for DAW usage, at least for me.
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Re: Thoughts on a New iMac

Postby TheLegit » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:22 am

Agharta wrote:
TheLegit wrote:someone on Youtube specced a PC with the same components (Xeon, 5k screen, etc) and the price was actually comparable to the iMac Pro.
Can I suggest not viewing YT videos if looking for decent Tech journalism as any man and his dog Spot can create a channel there.
If I was speccing a very high end PC I’d go with a 16 Core AMD Threadripper which is currently ~£650 on Amazon.
You could build a nice desktop system around that with 128GB DDR4 3000, 2TB fast PCIe storage for about £2,800.
You’d need to add a keyboard/mouse and also a GPU and monitor to that but you get to choose your own.
For purely DAW usage a 27” 5K seems a complete waste of money.
Plus you get to choose a GPU which suits your workloads which for many DAW users means a ~£75 one at most and that will give you at least 3 video outputs.
So for not much more than 60% of the price of the entry level iMac Pro you’d have a spec that matches one costing around £9k, almost three times as much, plus the screen would be more useful for DAW usage, at least for me.

I think the with the 5k screen it got damn close to the iMac, remember CGI / design work needs a great screen and colours but I'd agree it's overkill for DAWs.

I like tech channels, one of them highlighted the overheat issue of the Macbook which you linked her but you look down on them?

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Re: Thoughts on a New iMac

Postby ConcertinaChap » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:27 pm

TheLegit wrote:but I'd agree it's overkill for DAWs.

The machine's epic overkill for just about everything I do but, like my friend with the Tesla, I just think it's a wonderful piece of kit that's a great pleasure to own. Such feelings are not entirely subject to rational thought.

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Re: Thoughts on a New iMac

Postby ITHertz » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:32 am

Thanks for all the input.

This article was in my local newspaper recently and after reading it, I think I'll hold off to see what's around the corner.

https://www.theage.com.au/technology/ap ... 4zypi.html

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