What’s not to like for $13,199? You get 18 cores of Intel Inside, Xeon class, a 16GB Radeon Pro Vega 64 to drive graphics and more Retina displays, 128GB of RAM, and a screaming fast 4TB of SSD storage. And all that horsepower runs faster because the iMac Pro is space gray.
What if you want to backup that iMac Pro? Well, here’s your chance to spend another $10,000 and get the faster than fastest Thunderbolt backup system. Rob-ART Morgan on Bare Feats has the details, specifications, and speed comparisons of thing called ThunderBlade, available from my favorite non-Apple Mac hardware vendor. Get two for less than $10,000.
That’s where the speed is.
The iMac Pro’s internal SSD storage hits 4TB and it holds the Mac speed record, but someone figured out the iMac Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports have separate controllers, so a connected and dual striped SSD-based ThunderBlade can read and write about 4GB of data per second.
Not gigabits. GigaBYTES.
The best thing we learned was that the 2017 iMac Pro has dual Thunderbolt controllers for the four Thunderbolt Ports. That’s great news! Why? When we striped dual AKiTiO Node boxes and plugged into separate TB3 ports on different TB3 controllers, that enabled us to break through the 2500MB/s single controller barrier to reach 4781MB/s!
Wow. Just wow.
And it’s not as if the iMac Pro with the base 1TB SSD is slow. It can writer over 3GB per second and read more than 2.5GB per second.
What does all that mean to real world iMac Pro users?
The conclusion from all this mad science is that you can have external Thunderbolt storage connected to your iMac Pro that equals or rivals the fast PCIe base flash internal storage. No matter what storage capacity in your iMac Pro, it’s nice to know there are speedy external options available. They even come in BLACK so they will not assault the Fung Shui of your Space Gray and Black Mac.
In other words, plunk down another $5,600 and you can double the iMac Pro’s max of 4TB SSD storage and never notice a speed difference. But if you really want speed and storage, there’s always the dual 8TB option. Dual and striped.
A price tag that runs well North of $16,000 does not inhibit one’s analysis of such a device.
I want one. I cannot afford such a beast. But I want one.