Most of you would agree that when it comes to comparing Apple computers, a iMac vs. Mac Pro 2013 seems like a strange one because one is aimed at the home and office user, whereas the other is for more professional types like high-end video editing and 3D modeling and animation.
Having said that, you can still do some of those projects on an iMac, but only on one of the top of the range models and once you have upgraded the necessary hardware, although the cost will be more expensive than the base Mac Pro 2013 price.
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It is for this very reason why you would want to see iMac vs. Mac Pro 2013 specs because this would give you a general idea of the difference in performance. Okay, we know this is not the best way to see how the two Macs compare, but since its release date is not until next month, we will just have to wait around for the all-new Mac Pro review and real-life benchmark results.
The Base iMac 2013 with Haswell has a start price of $1,299 compared to $2,999 for the new Mac Pro, although its base hardware is of a much higher grade. However, this price does not include a monitor, and so you will have to add an extra $999.99 for a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display.
While listing these specs we will list the iMac first with the all-new Mac Pro second. Processor wise you have a Quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 compared to a Quad-Core or 6-Core Intel Xeon E5. RAM is up to 32GB compared to 64GB and there is a range of storage options, so 1TB or 3TB hard drive; 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive; or up to 1TB flash storage compared to 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB flash storage. It was obvious the 2013 Mac Pro would lack in this area because of limited space, and so means you’ll have to consider external storage.
As for graphics the 2013 iMac has a choice of NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M compared to the Mac Pro with Dual AMD FirePro D300, D500, or D700 graphics processors.
iMac vs. Mac Pro 2013 connectivity is as follows, Four USB 3 ports, SDXC card slot, Two Thunderbolt ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and a Gigabit Ethernet port for the former. Compare this to Four USB 3 ports, Six Thunderbolt 2 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and HDMI 1.4 port for the latter.
It is clear just by looking at the specs for each that these two will compete with each other for some people, more so for those who are contemplating something with more power, although the iMac isn’t short of performance when you spend extra to upgrade some of the hardware.
If you have been thinking between the 2013 iMac or Mac Pro please tell us what your decision will be.