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To give everyone an idea of performance based on Samsung's claims:
Apple A10 (iPhone 7 Plus)
-Geekbench Single Core: 3,438
-Geekbench Multi Core: 5,723
-3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (Metal): 1,986
Exynos 8895 (Galaxy S8)
-Geekbench Single Core: 1,956
-Geekbench Multi Core: 6,432
-3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL): 3,142
Apple A11 (iPhone X)
-Geekbench Single Core: 4,203
-Geekbench Multi Core: 10,103
-3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (Metal): 2,691
Exynos 9810 (expected performance)
-Geekbench Single Core: 3,912 (2x performance increase)
-Geekbench Multi Core: 9,005 (1.4x performance increase)
-3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL): 3,770 (1.2x performance increase)
Geekbench values: https://browser.geekbench.com/
3DMark values: https://www.futuremark.com/hardware/mobile
It looks like Samsung will extend their graphics lead and start approaching Apple in single core and multi core performance. It's clear that Apple has a decent lead in CPU performance.
maestro64 said:Correct me if I am wrong, It sounds like the video processing performance of the Pro appears to be less than the regular Imac mainly due to the fact the software is not optimize for the new Pro Imac processors. If this is the case and the software uses the processors to their full extent, will the Pro be much faster?
Depending on your needs in Final Cut Pro, you might be better off with the 5K iMac.
If you're using Premiere Pro, well, you probably shouldn't be using a Mac anyways. A simple Skylake-X configuration with a GTX 1070 (or above) might be a sweet spot for cost/performance.
It would be nice if Apple offered NVidia options but NVidia workstation GPUs are really expensive. They've been neutering compute features in their consumer cards, including Titans so they can push Teslas and Quadros on the high-end. The worthwhile models of those GPUs cost thousands each. Gaming cards like the 1080/ti aren't ideal for workstations. Titans are the only realistic option from NVidia and still ~$1200 each.
You touched on quite a few interesting ideas in your post, particularly a service for offloading work.
macxpress said:If Apple just wanted to pull an HP and just slap a bunch of shit together with a shitty heatsink on it then they could have had a new Mac Pro out before the end of 2017, but obviously Apple isn't going to do that. If that's what makes you happy then by all means go buy the HP. Nearly everything you see on and inside a Mac (or any Apple product for that matter) is custom engineered and built by Apple. Its not as simple as slap a bunch of shit together and call it a day like PC manufacturers do.
HP makes some excellent workstations from the Z2 Mini:
Up to the Z8: