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Old 05-16-2011, 01:36 PM
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MacPro vs IMac 27

I currently use a Mac G5 with an Apple 30" cinema display with CS3. My company said its time to upgrade so I showed them my wish list: MacPro quad core with my current monitor. (I believe I have to get a dvi adapter cable). I'm used to my currrent set up and like it other than its Slowwww. I work 300-700mb files all day long.

Now they come back to me and say "why not just get an Imac"? I'm not a tech guy but what I read is that the glossy monitor is no good, calibrating is a problem, it cant see the adobe rgb gamut, yellow tint.

Can anyone give me some strong reasons to back my gut feeling to go with the MacPro?

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Old 05-16-2011, 03:09 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

I use to work with iMac ... and I would go for Mac Pro.

- glossy screen
- that iMac was newer than my own MacBook Pro and my laptop was faster (I mean response not the processor speed), iMac was too "sleepy"
- possibility to change hardware configuration - hard drive, RAM, graphic card (I think they put more restrictions on new iMac)

And I would check the possibility to have Thunderbolt port.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:17 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

check out lloyd chambers' site on macs...you'll get a weekend's worth of stuff to read up on concerning your dilemma.

http://macperformanceguide.com/index_topics.html
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:53 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

I also recommend the Mac Pro for the reasons mentioned above, and also recommend a good read at macperformanceguide.com

Specifically noteworthy consideration is the ability to really configure the drives as would suit a pro. And the fact that the new iMacs have proprietary drive connectors and worse. see: http://blog.macsales.com/10206-furth...=XLR8YourMac09

and
http://blog.macsales.com/10146-apple...s-on-new-imacs

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Old 05-17-2011, 03:09 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

The gloss screens on imacs are a major pain in the butt. There is absolutely no reason why monitors of that quality in terms of colour, couldn't be used to do good quality work and be calibrated. But the problems above are all true. The power of the imacs in terms of specs, its possible to run Photoshop very well. Shame.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:53 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

I'm sitting here at a 27" iMac (2.8 i5) in the office; I also have an older Mac Pro here. I haven't done speed tests but even though our campus Apple rep told me folks are going for the iMacs over the Pros, I suspect a new Pro would be faster. And much more configurable, of course.

This past January I set up 96 of the 27" iMacs in my labs. Yow! Can you say "render farm"? (I should try it!)

As for your G5, relegate it to a web browsing machine when you replace it...
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:29 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

The idea is appealing though the Geekbench scores will show you mac pros outstrip Imacs. The 27" can still score up int the 15k range, which is very impressive.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:37 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

I understand iMacs can equal the lower end Mac Pros, but not the better ones. We just need to hope Apple keeps making Pro-level Macs! Otherwise Hackintoshes will be the only option.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:40 PM
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

im seriously looking at windows machines - i like apples as much as the next geek but if it comes between me and my work ill switch to whatever has the best price/performance
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Re: MacPro vs IMac 27

And that would be a Hackintosh! I haven't tried it myself, but I hear they scream.

(I do hear a lot of stuff, don't I?)
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