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Buy iMac 5K

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Apple Mac iMac 5K (March 2019)

Rocking fast iMac with 8 cores and up to 128GB..

Apple Mac mini (November 2018)

True desktop-class performance..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (July 2018)

Vastly improved performance over 2017 model, 6 CPU Cores..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (June 2017)

Improved performance over 2016 model..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (late 2016)

Touchbar, wide gamut, unrivalled SSD..

Apple 2017 iMac Pro

High-end computing moves to the iMac form factor..

Apple 2017 iMac 5K

Even better than the 2015 model..

Apple 2015 iMac 5K

5K Display, blazingly fast SSD.

Apple 2014 iMac 5K

World’s first 5K Display.

Solid State Drives, Various

SSDs and thumb drives..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

Fast 6 Gbps solid state drives eclipse prior generations with 500+ MB/sec..

Dell UP2715K: 5K Display

Bleeding edge with dual inputs has some issues..


Blog posts

2019

2019-06-27 Apple 2019 Mac Pro: Everything I Want... but Truly High-End and Unaffordable for Most

2019-06-14 The 2019 iMac 5K that I Use is Already Discounted at B&H Photo

2019-05-07 Switched to macOS Mojave, out of Necessity with 2019 iMac 5K

2019-05-02 Two-Minute Install of OWC 128GB Memory Kit for 2019 iMac 5K Works Great, Runs Big Jobs Effortlessly

2019-05-02 How Much are GPU and CPU Cores used by Photoshop Filters?

2019-05-01 Notes on Using an eGPU for Photoshop for Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details

2019-04-18 2019 iMac 5K: Coming for Review

2019-04-01 Reader Question: Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU Upgrade for 2019 iMac 5K

2019-03-29 Breaking the 64GB Barrier: OWC Enables Up to 128GB Memory in 2019 iMac 5K, get 128GB for about the Price of 64GB!

2019-03-24 An eGPU is Useless for Photoshop and Lightroom Unless...

2019-03-18 Apple iMac Pro: Higher-End Graphics Option, and up to 256GB Memory

2019-03-18 Apple 2019 iMac 5K: Two Hits with One Big Miss

2019-03-18 Apple 2019 iMac 5K: 64GB OWC Memory Costs *Less* Than 32GB from Apple

2019-03-10 Why 64GB Memory Matters, and Why It Might Not Be Enough

2019-02-09 Apple 2017 iMac 5K is a Terrific Machine, but Too Often It Impedes My Work

2019-01-26 Apple 2018 Mac mini: Java Performance for diglloydTools IntegrityChecker a Big Bump Up vs 2017 iMac 5K

2019-01-11 My Days of 4 CPU Cores Are Over: Six Cores is Dubious for My Work, 8 CPU Cores Might Have to Be the New Minimum + Might Need 8TB SSD

2018

2018-12-20 Apple 2018 Mac mini: Substantial Performance Gain over the Fastest 2017 iMac 5K

2018-12-12 Apple 2018 Mac mini Reviewed

2018-09-04 Reader Comments: Configuring the 2018 MacBook Pro as as Desktop Replacement

2018-09-01 Amazing Deals on the Brand-New Apple 2018 MacBook Pro: What to Get for a High School or College Student

2018-08-27 Back to School: Solid Discounts on 2018 Macs

2018-08-14 2018 MacBook Pro Reviewed: Fastest Apple MacBook Pro Ever and By Far—It’s a Winner

2018-08-03 Testing in Progress on Apple 2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.9 GHz 32GB 2TB Radeon Pro 560X

2018-07-28 Reader Comment: Which Mac for Video?

2018-07-23 Followup 9 Months Later: My Sprinter Photography Adventure Van Project: Computer Desk and Connectivity

2018-07-16 Pondering the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro: Serves Little Useful Purpose for *Me* Even for Travel—I Await a Revised iMac or iMac Pro

2018-06-22 OWC Savings on *Factory Sealed* Apple iMac 5K

2018-05-24 My Recommended iMac 5K for Photographers is now $400 Off

2018-03-07 iMac Pro 18-core Rocks Delivers Unprecedented Performance Gains for Adobe Lightroom, Trouncing the 2017 iMac 5K

2018-03-07 Lots of Shootouts: 2017 iMac Pro 18-core vs 2017 iMac 5K

2018-02-27 What Can an iMac Pro 18 Core Do? Go into Infinite Reinstall Loop

2018-02-24 What Can an iMac Pro 18 Core Do? Destroy Its Boot Volume Rendering Itself Unbootable

2018-02-14 What Can an iMac Pro 18 Core Do? Coming Next Week to Find Out

2018-01-12 What Might a 2018 iMac 5K Include?

2018-01-10 How Fast is the Apple iMac Pro for RAW File Conversion?

2018-01-09 Perspective on Just What a Deal an iMac 5K or iMac Pro is Versus Historical Cost

2018-01-08 Thoroughly TESTED: Apple iMac Pro vs 2017 iMac 5K and Others

2018-01-07 macOS Compatibility Problems with iMac Pro with both High Sierra 10.13.2 (17C88) and Sierra 10.12.6 (16G1114)

2018-01-07 Testing the 2017 iMac Pro against the 2017 iMac 5K and 2013 Mac Pro and 2010 Mac Pro

2017

2017-12-31 Computer Gear Recommendations + OWC Year-End Deals

2017-12-29 iMac Pro in Stock at B&H Photo + Year-End Deals

2017-12-27 OWC Tears Down the 2017 iMac Pro, Announces Future Memory Upgrade Programs

2017-12-24 diglloydTools Updated to v 2.2.15, IntegrityChecker Sees up to 38% Speed Improvement

2017-12-23 Why More CPU Cores Often Run no Faster, and Sometimes Slower than Fewer CPU Cores

2017-12-20 iMac Pro Models for Photographers

2017-12-18 4-Core CPUs do not Leave Much Grunt for Other Tasks: Cloning Can Use all Available CPUs in a 4-Core Mac

2017-12-14 iMac Pro: Pricing and Thoughts

2017-12-13 iMac Pro: Downclocked CPUs

2017-12-03 Wither the iMac Pro?

2017-12-03 4-Core CPUs are Easily Maxed-Out with a Few Simple Tasks

2017-12-01 Cabling up the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock in my Mercedes Sprinter Photography Adventure Van

2017-12-01 4-Core CPUs do not Leave Much Grunt for Other Tasks

2017-11-30 Switched to 2017 iMac 5K as Primary Machine: Details on Gear I’m Using

2017-11-27 Using Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports to Build Out a System

2017-11-27 Gobsmacked: Power Efficiency of the 2017 iMac 5K vs 2015 iMac 5K, Particularly on the Road in Sprinter Van

2017-11-25 How and Why I Partitioned the 2TB SSD in the 2017 iMac 5K

2017-11-24 macOS High Sierra APFS Performance is Inferior to HFS on Apple’s Fastest SSD: all cost, no benefit, at least not yet

2017-11-23 Why I Probably Will Never Buy a Mac Pro Again

2017-11-23 Choosing a Photography Workstation Setup for 2018 Usage

2017-11-21 Black Friday Sneak Preview Deals at OWC + Note on Big Fast Thunderbolt Storage

2017-11-20 Ordered a 2017 iMac 5K: Why Now and what about iMac Pro?

2017-11-18 Black Friday Deals at B&H Photo

2017-11-11 Reader Question: Best Mac if Buying Now

2017-10-22 Apple Kernel Bug? 2015 iMac 5K Runs at 0.8 GHz When Cold, Even with Warm Air Out Rear Vents

2017-10-18 Will the iMac Pro Be Worth The Cost?

2017-10-12 Deals on Factory Sealed iMac 5K at OWC + Refurbished Mac Deals

2017-10-03 Travel Bag for iMac 5K — Works Great

2017-09-15 OWC USB-C Mini Travel Dock for Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Macs such as 2016/2017 MacBook Pro, 2017 iMac 5K

2017-09-08 Will the iMac Pro Be Worth The Cost?

2017-09-08 Travel Bag for iMac 5K

2017-09-08 My Sprinter Photography Adventure Van Project: Which Mac?

2017-09-04 Deals on Apple MacBook Pro: My Thoughts on Deeply Discounted 2016 Model vs 2017 Model

2017-08-29 Padded Case for iMac 5K

2017-08-18 Reader Question: Connecting a Dual-Link DVI-D Display to new Macs with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C

2017-08-12 Reader Comment: How to Solve Connecting Mini DisplayPort Display to Macs with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3

2017-08-09 Reader Question: SSD vs Fusion Drive in iMac 5K

2017-07-29 My Sprinter Photography Adventure Van Project: Which Mac? Experience Report / Proving it Out? MacBook Pro = Not so good for big jobs

2017-07-25 64GB Memory Kit for 2017 iMac 5K Works Great: Save $760 vs Apple

2017-07-24 Get a 5K Display for only $1499 PLUS a FREE COMPUTER

2017-07-22 2017 iMac 5K: Connecting a Display Done Easily with OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock + Reader Comments

2017-07-20 2016/2017 MacBook Pro or 2017 iMac 5K: Connecting a Display Done Easily with OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

2017-07-18 2017 iMac 5K: XCode Build C++ Project

2017-07-18 2017 MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac 5K: Convert 50-Megapixel CR2 Raw to JPEG

2017-07-16 Adobe Lightroom Performance: Inefficiencies Could be Fixed

2017-07-14 2017 iMac 5K vs 2015 iMac 5K : Lightroom Import, Generate 1:1 Previews + Lightroom Export Full-Res JPEGs

2017-07-08 TESTED with Photoshop: 2017 iMac 5K vs 2015 iMac 5K

2017-07-08 TESTED with Photoshop: 2017 iMac 5K SSD vs 2015 iMac 5K

2017-07-08 2017 iMac 5K: How System Memory Needed for Photoshop?

2017-07-07 TESTED: 2017 iMac 5K SSD Speed vs 2015 iMac 5K (Surprising Finding)

2017-07-07 Speed Up Migration Assistant Using Thunderbolt Instead of Ethernet (or WiFi)

2017-07-07 Save Big Bucks on 64GB Memory for 2017 iMac 5K

2017-06-21 Screen Burn-In: Ghost Images on iMac 5K Display

2017-06-19 Does macOS 10.12.5 Break Gigabit Ethernet?

2017-06-17 Comparing the 2017 iMac 5K to the iMac Pro

2017-06-15 Deals on Apple Macs

2017-06-15 Coming Soon for Review: 2017 iMac 5K

2017-06-10 Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Display is Shipping, Dec 2017 iMac Pro Already Behind the Curve

2017-06-07 Assessing the Dec 2017 Apple iMac Pro

2017-06-06 Apple’s Memory Prices Insanely High As Usual: Save a Bundle by Ordering 8GB Config in Mid-2017 iMac 5K

2017-06-05 New iMac 5K, iMac 5K Pro, MacBook and MacBook Pro Models

2017-05-19 Big Discounts on Mac Pro and iMac 5K

2017-03-28 Caution on macOS 10.12.4: sudo is broken, sudo hangs before password for nearly 5 minutes

2017-02-21 SoftRAID Updated to Version 5.5.6

2017-02-10 Big Discounts on *Current Model* iMac 5K at OWC

2016

2016-12-26 Reader Comment: “iMac is a ticking bomb sealed inside a locked aluminum showcase”

2016-12-25 Desired Features for a New iMac

2016-07-18 MacSales Deal on iMac 5K

2016-06-02 MacSales.com June 'Garage Sale' + Deal on iMac 5K

2016-05-17 When Software Crashes It is Immensely Frustrating: Why is Lightroom Crashing?

2016-05-09 Photoshop CC 2015 Now Uses all the CPU Cores for RAW-File Conversion

2016-04-11 Late 2015 Apple iMac 5K: a Display Without Peer for Sheer Viewing Pleasure

2016-04-05 Thunderbolt on OS X: Spontaneous Drive Disconnect

2016-03-14 3 iMac Deals + Building a High-Performance iMac

2016-03-01 Photography / Videography: Enhancing your iMac 5K (or Mac Pro)

2016-01-21 OS X 10.11.3: iMac 5K Screen Black Screen —Will not Wake Up From Sleep

2015

2015-12-24 Apple iMac 5K Purchased and Arrived: It’s a Keeper for Professional Use, which is Unprecedented

2015-12-20 Memory: It’s Great to Have 64GB in the iMac 5K

2015-12-13 Rebates on Macs, $100 Off Apple Watch

2015-12-05 iMac 5K (Late 2015) vs Mac Pro: XCode Build diglloydTools

2015-12-03 iMac 5K vs Mac Pro: Iridient Developer: Convert 50-Megapixel Images to 16-bit TIF

2015-12-02 iMac 5K vs Mac Pro: PhotoZoom Pro

2015-12-01 iMac 5K (Late 2015): Bridges the Gap to the Mac Pro—It’s a Keeper

2015-12-01 Isn’t it About Time that 4K Video is Available Directly on an iMac?

2015-11-24 Get a Gorgeous 5K Display—with a Free Computer Included!

2015-11-23 iMac 5K (Late 2015) with 64GB: the Key to Professional Usage

2015-11-23 Parents: Macs Under $1000, and Many More Mac Discounts

2015-11-21 iMac 5K (Late 2015) vs Mac Pro: Real World Photoshop Performance

2015-11-21 Apple iMac 5K: 8GB and 16GB Configurations can *ADD* Memory While Keeping the Two Modules You Already Paid For

2015-11-20 OWC 64GB Memory for iMac 5K Now $675

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K: diglloyd Photoshop Benchmarks

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K: Photoshop Filters vs Mac Pro

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K: IntegrityChecker 'verify' (SHA1 hash)

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K vs Mac Pro: Convert 50-Megapixel RAW Files to JPEG

2015-11-19 Late 2015 iMac 5K: Rocking Fast Flash Drive / SSD

2015-11-17 iMac 5K: Top-Line Config Now in Stock

2015-11-15 Deals of Note at B&H Photo

2015-11-12 iMac 5K: the Top-Line Config + Save On Memory by Getting the Memory Separately

2015-11-11 $150 off the Brand-New Apple iMac 5K

2015-11-07 Best Choice for Color Gamut and Real Calibration is a Professional Solution (iMac 5K not so great)

2015-11-06 Apple’s DCI(P3) Color Gamut Improves Upon Longstanding Marginal Gamut, Yet Makes Little Sense in Context for Amateurs or Pros

2015-10-26 The Apple iMac 5K ('Late 2015')

2015-10-14 Reader Question: Update Coming for Apple Thunderbolt Display?

2015-10-13 New Apple iMacs Available for Pre-Order at B&H Photo + BUYING RECOMMENDATIONS

2015-10-13 New Apple iMac 5K 27" Supports 64GB Memory, OWC Has Kits Available

2015-09-04 Reader Question: NEC Displays vs Apple

2015-06-17 Dell UP2715K: 5K Display for Mac

2015-05-23 OWC Teardown of iMac 5K

2015-05-19 OWC Memory Kit for new iMac 5K

2014

2014-11-06 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Create Multi-Resolution Image Series

2014-11-05 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: PhaseOne CaptureOne Pro RAW to JPEG

2014-11-04 iMac 5K: Content Lacking

2014-11-04 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: RAW to JPEG

2014-11-04 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: More Benchmarks

2014-11-03 The iMac 5K Goes Back

2014-11-02 iMac 5K: Stressing the CPU and GPU

2014-11-02 iMac 5K: Adding a 2nd Display (4K Display)

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: XCode Build

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Video Transcode 4K to 1080p

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Photoshop Filters, Various

2014-10-31 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Photoshop

2014-10-31 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Integrity Checker (SHA1 Hash)

2014-10-25 iMac 5K Review to resume...

2014-10-22 iMac 5K: System Black-Out

2014-10-22 iMac 5K: Display Quality in Context

2014-10-22 iMac 5K Screen Scaling

2014-10-22 Disappointing: iMac 5K Flash Drive (1TB SSD) way slower than Mac Pro

2014-10-21 MPG iMac 5K Has Landed

2014-10-21 Color Gamut of iMac 5K

2014-10-19 MPG iMac 5K Arrives Soon

2014-10-17 Apple iMac 5K Memory Kits at OWC

2014-10-17 Apple iMac 5K Color Gamut?

2014-10-16 Why There is no New 5K External Display to Match the iMac 5K

2014-10-16 WOW! Apple iMac with 5K Display

2014-10-16 How Much Resolution in a 5K Display?

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