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2017 iMac Pro: Photoshop Filters

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The 2017 iMac Pro here is pitted against other Macs on various Photoshop filters.

Photoshop filters

These tests are not sensitive to the amount of memory at 32GB and above, and are thus pure CPU/GPU tests since all machines used 64GB memory.

The older Mac Pro models are clearly 'dogs' with respect to the 2017 iMac 5K and iMac Pro. The 12-core 3.46 GHz 2010 Mac Pro with the Sapphire video card (fast) is a particular laggard.

In a stunning repudiation of the purpoted prowess of the iMac Pro in basic filter operations, the iMac 5K trounces all the iMac Pro models for LenCorrections, and is little different for Blur, Various, Distort, and Sharpen.

The iMac Pro models show little variation in performance showing that at least for these filters the Vega 64 GPU has marginal value over the the Vega 56. That is indisputable, as shown by comparing the two 10-core models, which are neck and neck for most filters within 13% at best (Distort). Most of the filters benefit very little.

While the iMac Pro models beat the 2017 iMac 5K for the Noise by about 40%, this is only one filter out of seven. Not very impressive for the iMac Pro.

Perhaps Adobe will tune Photoshop to improve iMac Pro performance. But in terms of benefit right off the bat, the iMac Pro shows far inferior value here to the 2017 iMac 5K.

Photoshop Filters
2017 iMac Pro vs other Macs

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