When Apple first announced the iMac Pro last week at WWDC, many of us were left scratching our heads. It’s a beast of a machine, to be sure, but who exactly is the target demographic here? Power users and professionals want the high end specs, but the new iMac Pro cannot be easily upgraded and it lacks support for NVIDIA graphics, which many pros need for high-end rendering.

And then there was the price. The behemoth of an all-in-one computer, set to launch toward the end of this year, would start at $5,000 US… but Apple made no clear indication at the time how much more a buyer could spend if they wanted to get it fully loaded. After all, if something is worth overdoing, it’s worth over-overdoing.

The good folks at ZDNet took it upon themselves to figure out up a fully spec’d iMac Pro will cost. After crunching some numbers, they arrive at a figure of “more than $17K.”

So, you can get yourself the maxed out iMac Pro or you can get yourself a reasonably equipped subcompact car. Your choice. One is going to be a lot better at video editing than the other. The base $5,000 iMac gets you an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of DDR4-2666 ECC RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics with 8GB of RAM, 1TB flash storage, and a 10-gigabit Ethernet port.

What do you get when you pony up more than $17,000? That Intel Xeon chip gets bumped to 18 cores (for about $4,000 more), the RAM grows to a whopping 128GB (for about $2,700 more), the graphics memory doubles to 16GB (for about $2,000 more), and the flash storage balloons to 4TB (for about $3,600 more). These price differences factor in the “Apple tax” in parts markup.


Check the ZDNet article for how they arrived at those numbers, but the math seems reasonably sound. Shut up and take my money? Suddenly spending over $2,000 on a Dell XPS 27 doesn’t sound so bad.

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