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2017 iMac Pro: XCode Build C++ Project

Last updated 2018-03-07 - Send Feedback
Related: 2013 Mac Pro, 2017 iMac Pro, iMac 5K, iMac Pro, Macs

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This test uses all CPU cores, which implies an easy victory for more than 4 CPU cores. But the reality is that disk I/O even on a very fast SSD constrains things, and here the test times were taken with source files already in cache.

The 2017 iMac 5K takes 44% longer—nice but not nearly as much s one might wish for. Still, with disk I/O and serialized build junctures, it’s not bad.

Results below with macOS 10.13.3 including the Apple Supplementary Update. See the results from more systems with macOS 10.12.2 further below.

2017 iMac Pro 18-core vs 2017 iMac 5K: XCode Build diglloydTools

Below, the 2017 iMac 5K rocks in terms of perfrmance per CPU core as compared to any Mac Pro—kudos.

The 10-core iMac Pro cuts the time of the 2017 iMac 5K by 21%—worthwhile if one builds repeatedly all day long, but the 8-core iMac Pro cuts build time by only by 6%—very poor value given the price difference.

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