iMac Pro benchmarks & performance evaluations

DPReview – Speed Test: iMac Pro vs Alienware PC, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro (8-core, Vega64)

  • After Effects RAM Preview
  • Photoshop Radial Filter
  • Premiere Pro 4K Render

AppleInsider – Apple’s iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 2) – photo editing comparison (8-core, Vega56)

  • Lightroom Classic CC
    • Convert 50 RAWs to DNGs
    • Export 50 JPEGs
    • Generate 50 1:1 Previews
    • Import 52 42MP RAWs
  • Photoshop CC
    • 9 Shot HDR Merge
    • Noise Reduction
    • Open 9 RAWs

Bare Feats – iMac Pro Has A Thunderbolt 3 Storage Surprise For You (8-core)

  • AJA System Test – 16G Sequential Read
  • AJA System Test – 16G Sequential Write

Macworld – iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an iMac (8-core, Vega56)

  • Forecast MP3 Encode
  • Geekbench Compute GPU
  • Geekbench Single-core & Multi-core CPU
  • Handbrake 1080p H.264 Encode
  • iZotope De-Echo
  • iZotope Spectral Denoise B
  • Logic Bounce
  • Unigine Valley (High)

Cinema5D – iMac Pro Review – Is It Worth the Money? (10-core, Vega64)

  • Final Cut Pro X H.264 HD 25p Export
  • Final Cut Pro X ProRes 422 4K 25p Export
  • REDCINE-X PRO 6K ProRes 4444 Export

AppleInsider – Apple’s iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro with benchmarks and specs (8-core, Vega56)

  • Cinebench R15 CPU
  • Geekbench 4 OpenCL
  • Geekbench 4 Single-core & Multi-core CPU
  • Unigine Heaven

Bare Feats – What if the iMac Pro had TWO Vega GPUs? (8-core, Vega64)

  • Blender – BMW CPU Scene
  • DaVinci Resolve – Play/Render Noise
  • DaVinci Resolve – Play 5K RED Clip
  • LuxMark – GPU LuxBall
  • LuxMark – GPU Hotel

DigitalArts – Apple iMac Pro review – this superbly designed workstation is most powerful Mac ever (10-core, Vega64)

  • Cinebench R15 Render & Real-time 3D
  • After Effects CC 2018 Render

Bare Feats – 8-core and 10-core iMac Pros Running Pro Apps (Part Two) (8-core & 10-core, Vega64)

  • Motion – Render RAM Preview
  • Compressor – BruceX HEVC 10-bit Transcode
  • Logic Pro X – Maximum Tracks
  • Blender – Render BMW Scene CPU-only & GPU-only
  • DaVinci Resolve – Transcode 5K RED clip to ProRes 4444 XQ

Mac Performance Guide – 2017 iMac Pro (8-core & 10-core, Vega56 & Vega64)

DigitalFilms – Putting Apple’s iMac Pro Through the Paces (10-core, Vega64)

  • Adobe Media Encoder 1080p ProRes to 4K H.264 Transcode
  • Adobe Media Encoder OpenCL ProRes Render
  • After Effects ProRes Render
  • Compressor 1080p ProRes to 4K H.264 Transcode
  • Final Cut Pro X BruceX Render & Export
  • Final Cut Pro X Playback
  • Final Cut Pro X Render & ProRes Export
  • Premiere Pro Playback w/ Single & Multi-layer sequences

Barefeats – Low End iMac Pro Running Pro Apps (8-core & 10-core, Vega64)

  • After Effects CC Render
  • Compressor Export
  • Final Cut Pro X Export
  • Lightroom Classic CC JPEG Export
  • Photoshop CC Noise Reduction
  • Premier Pro CC Export

Barefeats – Low End iMac Pro Running Games versus Other Macs (8-core Vega64)

  • DIRT Rally 2560×1440 Average FPS
  • Tomb Raider 2560×1440 High FPS
  • Total War: Warhammer 2560×1440 High FPS
  • Tomb Raider 2560×1440 High FPS

Barefeats – Low End iMac Pro versus two Mac Pros and one iMac 5K (8-core & 10-core, Vega64)

  • DaVinci Resolve 14 Noise Reduction
  • Cinebench Multi-Core CPU
  • Geekbench Metal Single GPU
  • Geekbench Multi-Core CPU
  • Geekbench OpenCL Single GPU
  • LuxMark GPU LuxBall
  • LuxMark Multi-Core CPU

Barefeats – iMac Pro with Pro Vega 56 GPU
versus optional Pro Vega 64
(8-core, Vega56 & Vega64)

  • Cinebench OpenGL
  • Compressor Transcode (BruceX to Apple 4K)
  • Final Cut Pro X Export (BruceX to ProRes 4444 XQ)
  • Geekbench 4 Metal GPU Compute
  • Geekbench 4 OpenCL GPU Compute

Barefeats – iMac Pro PCIe-based Flash Storage: How Fast Versus Other Macs?

  • AJA System Test 15G Sequential Reads & Writes – Testing the Apple Pro Video Apps on the New iMac Pro (10-core, Vega64)

  • Compressor 4.4.0 H.264 & MXF Export (from ProRes 422)
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 4K Export to ProRes 422, H.264, & MXF
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 BruceX XML Test
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 Import Clips
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 Multicam Playback & Render
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 ‘Real World’ H.264 Export
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 Render Optimized Media
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 Render Proxy Media
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4.0 Timeline Render
  • Motion 5.4.0 Emitter Export to H.264 & ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Motion 5.4.0 Graphic Heavy Commercial Export to H.264 & ProRes 4444 XQ

AppleInsider – Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test (8-core, Vega56)

  • Cinebench R15 Multi-Core CPU
  • Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate Transcode 4K HEVC to Apple ProRes
  • Unigine Heaven

Six Colors – The iMac Pro has landed (8-core, Vega56)

  • ffmpeg WAV Conversion
  • Handbrake Transcode 1080p to lower resolution
  • iZotope RX 6 Spectral Denoise
  • sidetrack Audio Sync

AppleInsider – Review: Apple’s powerhouse iMac Pro wows with stellar performance and design (8-core, Vega56)

  • After Effects 2018 EQUILOUD Benchmark Sequence (inc. Export to ProRes 422)
  • Cinebench R15 Single-Core & Multi-Core CPU
  • DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Canon Cinema RAW Lite Playback & Export
  • DaVinci Resolve 14.2 H.264 1080p & 4K Render & Export
  • DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Motion Stabilization
  • DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Red RAW 4.5K & 8K Playback, Render, & Export
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 4K Motion Stabilization
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 BruceX ProRes 422 Export
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Canon Cinema RAW Lite Playback & Export
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 H.264 1080p & 4K Export
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Intel Quick Sync H.264 Encode
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Red RAW 4.5K & 8K Playback, Render, & Export
  • Geekbench 4 Single-Core & Multi-Core
  • Geekbench 4 OpenCL GPU Compute
  • Geekbench 4 Metal GPU Compute
  • Lightroom Classic CC DNG Conversion
  • Lightroom Classic CC Generate 1:1 Previews
  • Lightroom Classic CC JPEG Export
  • Lightroom Classic CC RAW Import
  • Maya 2018 “Model Village” 640×480 Render to ProRes 422
  • Photoshop HDR
  • Photoshop Noise Reduction
  • Premier Pro 2018 4K Motion Stabilization
  • Premier Pro 2018 H.264 1080p & 4K Render & Export
  • Premier Pro 2018 Red RAW 4.5K & 8K Playback, Render, & Export
  • Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate Transcode 4K HEVC to Apple ProRes
  • Unigine Heaven Extreme

Craig A. Hunter – 2017 iMac Pro Review (10-core, Vega64)

  • NASA TetrUSS CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) w/ NACA 0012 airfoil CRM transport aircraft
    • VGRID Surface Mesh Generation (237,660 Triangles) Single-core
    • USM3D Parallel Performance
    • USM3D Parallel Scaling
  • Objective-C, C, & Swift Compilation w/ Xcode
  • Vectorization Speedup – Simple Add

Lomesi – With the iMac Pro, Apple promised so lightning rates: Apple T2 chip (10-core)

  • AJA System Test 64G Sequential Reads & Writes
  • Black Magic Disk Speed Test

Sander Zwartepoorte – Disappointing iMac Pro performance with Motion 5… (8-core, Vega56)

  • Final Cut Pro X Export
  • Motion Playback
  • Premiere Export

Keyboard autocompletes

Apparently if you get bored enough you start just playing with the keyboards installed on your iPad.  Those that have the suggestion bar at the top can make some interesting ‘poetry’.  You just keep tapping in the same place, or in some simple pattern across the N suggestions.  Some are just bemusing drunk gibberish, but some are actually almost insightful.  For example:

Microsoft’s “Word Flow”:

  • I have to be a good day and night and day and night and day and night and day and night and day and night and day…
  • I’m going on with your friends are for convenience and the rest in the morning to the public health care system and a few minutes and a few minutes and a few minutes and a few minutes and the rest in the morning…
  • I think you are not responsible for any other person in my life.

Apple’s built-in keyboard:

  • I’m not going home after a while but I’ll probably get home and go to get home from home and work on a Friday or just for the next few days hope I can be a bit more fun with you and you can get me some good morning text.
  • You don’t get a chance but they have the right hope that your team will have you back.
  • I’m not a fan of a good day but it has been a bit fun and I have no hope for any reason.

CASE Remote limitations

Here’s a list of things that are missing or otherwise dysfunctional with the CASE Remote.  Why am I only covering what’s missing?  I guess because, after using it for a while, it really does seem to be defined by what’s missing or broken, more-so than what it can do, which is relatively little.

Though I don’t have first-hand experience with other wireless camera controllers, it seems pretty obvious that most of the competition offer far more functionality (particularly the CamRanger, but also things like Timelapse+, Promote Control, etc).


  • No tap-to-focus.
  • Finest focus adjustment step is still very coarse.
    • I’m not sure if this is a limitation of the CASE Remote, its app, or the camera itself.  In any case, the focus adjustments are just too large for macro photography.  Combined with the lack of tap-to-focus, completely remotely controlled macro photography is basically just not an option, even for single stills let-alone focus stacking.
  • Nine frame limit to focus stacking.
    • Not nearly enough for many uses, and of course far fewer steps than the lens is capable of.
  • Contrast-detection autofocus only.
    • Not surprising, but disappointing as contrast-detection autofocus is much slower than phase-detection, less precise, and sometimes less accurate.  [Yes, really.  I’ve tested it.  Repeatedly.  I know this goes against conventional wisdom.]
  • Cannot disable autofocus [with the app] in timelapse mode.
    • You can of course disable it with physical switches on the camera or lens, if you can still physically reach your camera during shooting.
  • Cannot rapidly adjust focus.
    • There’s only one pair of forward/back buttons (as opposed to several with differing step sizes), and you have to tap for every step – you can’t just hold down on either of them.

Live view

  • No way to zoom live view (e.g. to see 100% previews).
    • On an iPhone this makes it especially pointless, over the camera’s built-in LCD.
  • The “shots taken” counter is frequently completely wrong (e.g. I’ve taken several dozen just now, and for some reason it still says seven).
    • Maybe this is supposed to be showing something else.  I can’t imagine what else, though.
  • No live view during timelapses.
    • Not even to show you recently recorded shots.

Image review

  • The Auto-download setting doesn’t work.
    • You still have to go to the ‘Explorer’ tab, click the ‘Camera’ sub-tab, tap every single image individually, and then hit the download button.
  • In the ‘Camera’ tab, sort of the “live view” tab, it shows thumbnails of the last images recorded.  But only sometimes.  And when you tap on them it shows you only a slightly larger, but still small, thumbnail – no way to zoom in or otherwise view the full size image.
  • Doesn’t support viewing RAWs (only JPEGs).
    • It claims to download RAWs to the controlling device, but will only show an extremely low-resolution thumbnail of them.
  • Doesn’t show full-size images.
    • They appear to be limited to something like 2048×2048, if I had to guess.  I’ve seen this problem in other image viewing iOS apps – it might be somewhat intrinsic to iDevices.
  • Downloaded images are shown in random order.
    • This makes it especially difficult to review the results of focus stacking, where you need to verify that key parts of the image are in sharp focus in at least one of the stacked shots.
  • Image download is sluggish.
    • Admittedly I haven’t used other wireless solutions, but combined with the app’s general lack of responsiveness, it’s overall quite tedious to use.

General bugs and rough edges

  • Settings adjustments often don’t take.
    • e.g. changing the ISO frequently doesn’t work – it just immediately reverts back to the prior setting (with a particular affinity for Auto, for some reason).
  • Can’t adjust key settings on the camera, like exposure delay mode (and duration) or long-exposure noise reduction settings.
  • Alternates between PC mode and camera mode seemingly randomly.
    • In PC mode you can’t adjust anything on the camera itself – including vital settings that you can’t otherwise control through the CASE Remote app, like exposure delay mode.  I actually get why it might need to use PC mode, but that it does it seemingly randomly makes it frustrating, because sometimes I can adjust settings, and sometimes I can’t, with no apparent rhyme or reason.
  • App is generally slow and awkward to use (on an iPhone 5 or iPad 3).
    • It’s very modal – it locks up during many operations, including key ones like taking & downloading photos.
    • It likes to display redundant modal dialogs, such as telling you that it’s downloaded the image you just bloody told it to download.
    • No progress bars or similar indicators for any operations.
  • Focus adjustment arrows have no indication of direction.  i.e. towards or away from the camera.
    • This is especially true in the focus stacking settings, where your options are +3, +2, +1, -1, -2, -3.  Huh?
    • And for what it’s worth, in live view mode ‘right’ apparently means closer to the camera.  Personally I find that the opposite of intuition.
  • There’s an item in the ‘Camera Settings’ menu (not to be confused with the ‘Settings’ tab) called ‘AEB’.  Tapping it does nothing.
  • Changing the Drive Mode setting has no apparent effect.
    • It certainly doesn’t work to enable mirror-up mode.

Missed opportunities

  • No GPS tagging.
    • Though I normally use a dedicated GPS dongle on my camera, with the CASE Remote connected that’s a little awkward, as they both prefer to be hot-shoe mounted.
    • The CamRanger can do this, for example.  Though it will only tag JPEGs.
  • No wireless network bridging.
  • No bulb ramping – or adjustments of any kind – to exposure parameters during timelapses.
  • No “bulb mode” – i.e. no exposure times beyond thirty seconds.
  • No video functionality at all.
  • There’s an “Add New” button under the ‘Features’ tab, which just throws up a modal dialog saying ‘New features will arrive soon’.  What’s the point of that button to begin with?
  • Cannot change shooting mode (P, A, S, M) using the app.
    • You can change it on the camera using the physical mode dial, and the app will (eventually) realise and update appropriately.