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Apple Showcases New iMac Pro Workstation at WWDC

Much of focus at Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference running from June 5-9 in San Jose seems to be on the software and mobile device sides. But there has still been some big news for fans of the company?EU?s iMac and MacBook lines.

One significant addition to the Apple family is the new iMac Pro, an all-in-one behemoth set to start shipping in December that the company is aiming specifically at enterprise users running enormous workloads. The new machines come in configurations of 8-, 10-, or 18-core Xeon processors, with a memory cache of up to 42 MB.

The New Graphics Workhorse

The Pro seems to be designed specifically with virtual reality (VR) and heavy graphics rendering workloads in mind, much of which will be powered by the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU. Apple said the Radeon Pro Vega GPU will offer high frame rates in VR, real-time 3D rendering, and video effects production. The new GPU can fetch data at speeds of up to 400 Gbps, while being able to perform up to 11 teraflops, according to the company.

To handle all of that, users will be able to order the iMac Pro with as much as 128 GB of memory, and an all-flash storage drive of up to 4 TB to help content creators manipulate and store large 4K and HD projects. It also provides up to 3 Gbps of throughput to help load large files and launch apps quickly.

To supplement the internal hardware, it also comes with plenty of I/O ports to allow users to take advantage of all that compute power to run multiple HD displays. That includes four Thunderbolt 3 ports, allowing users to connect up to two separate 5K monitors while connecting two RAIDs. A 10 GB Ethernet connection, meanwhile, will help speed up file…


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