The simplest difference between the iMac and the Mac Pro, is that the Mac Pro is a traditional desktop computer. The iMac is a “all in one desktop” with the screen integrated with the computer. But the big difference between an iMac and a Mac Pro is sheer computing power. Mac Pro’s for the most […]
The simplest difference between the iMac and the Mac Pro, is that the Mac Pro is a traditional desktop computer. The iMac is a “all in one desktop” with the screen integrated with the computer. But the big difference between an iMac and a Mac Pro is sheer computing power. Mac Pro’s for the most part are used as servers. The Mac Pro with 2.8GHz Quad core processor basically means that it has 4 processors. The Quad-Core is the cheapest of the the Mac Pro’s, but it still will cost you $2,499. The iMac with a 3.2ghz Intel core i3 on the other hand is the highest priced of the 21.5 inch iMacs, which is around $1,500. The cheaper 27 inch iMac starts with the 3.2GHz, which costs $1,700.
The iMac 3.2GHz, as mentioned, comes in two screen sizes: A 21.5 inch size and a 27 inch. The highest resolution in the 21.5 inch is 1920 by 1080 pixels. The highest resolution in the 27 inch is 2560 by 1440 pixels. The 3.2GHz processor is an i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache and supports hyper-threading. They have integrated Wi-Fi cards, bluetooth, and ethernet ports. They come with ATI Radeon integrated video. Both sizes start out with 4GB of memory and 1TB hard drives.
The Mac Pro Quad-Core is the entry level of the Mac Pro’s. The 2.8GHz processor is an Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processor with an 8MB level 3 cache. It has Turbo Boost Dynamic performance up to 3.06GHz and Hyper-Threading for up to 16 virtual cores. They also have built in Airport Extreme Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. The video cards are higher than the iMacs of course. The Quad-core comes with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB GDDR5. They start out with 3GB of memory and 1TB hard drives. You can upgrade it’s memory up to 16GB.
When it comes down to making a decision the question is how much computing power you’ll need. If your planning on using high intensive software like movie editing software for example and want a machine that can do this as smoothly as possible, you can’t go wrong with the Mac Pro Quad 2.8GHz. But if you’re going to use it for more general things like surfing the web, listening to music, and everyday computer tasks, then the iMac is a better and cheaper choice.
Other things to consider:
The Mac Pro is highly upgradeable and way much more easier to do than an iMac. Adding hard drives for example, which you can add up to 8TB in the Quad-core, is a piece of cake.
Mac Pro’s are heavy. They weigh about 40 pounds, which is double what iMacs weigh, giving the iMac a more “mobile” advantage.