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Apple 27" iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display 3.2GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon W (MQ2Y2X/A) $6569 (Was $7299) @ Officeworks or The Good Guys


This may not be for everyone, but I think it's a good deal for those that are after one.

Expiry date based on The Good Guys As Advertised price ends 03 April 2019 (assume Officeworks dropped their price to match them).

From officeworks:

Pros love iMac so we created one just for you. It’s packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design. For everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists, iMac Pro is ready to turn your biggest ideas into your greatest work.

27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display
3.2GHz Intel Xeon W
Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory
32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory
1080p FaceTime HD camera
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
1TB of storage
5120 x 2880 resolution with support for 1 billion colours
Stereo speakers

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  • +91

    That sir, is a ridiculous waste of money!

    • +10

      I cant believe it, it is 7k! That's 3.5 times a top range gaming desktop. Who need this?

      • +6

        I agree this is expensive but definitely not 3.5x a top range gaming desktop.

        A top end gaming PC would be around $3k just for the box. Then another $1-$2k on the monitor and even then it probably wouldn't match this one.

        • -5

          my $2k gaming PC beats this dumb imac anyday

        • +3

          1k for a 2080 and 1k for a 9900k. 1k for the other stuff. 1k for a gsync 27inch monitor. So like 4k. Would be considerably better than this though too.

        • +6

          I used to be all about PC, but seriously after trying an Imac 5K, I can say there is no monitor out there under $2-3000 that matches the colour accuracy, resolution, brightness of the imacs screen. That is in my opinion what makes it worthwhile, while on paper the specs aren't anything to be proud of, OSX is sooo much more efficient that it makes it work the same as a PC with 1 tier higher specs.
          Having said all that, never buy one of these if you want to play games. For work there is nothing better.

          • +2

            @croseks: This is something PC people will never get: If you're doing work the Apple pro apps are really well optimised for OSX and considerably cheaper than their PC equivalents.

            I produce music, and do photo and video stuff too. I got the Apple Education apps bundle for $300 flat. No subscriptions, free updates and support for years.

            I can push out a 100+ clip 1080p video with effects on my mid spec MacBook Air 2015 on FCPX. I have tracks with 60+ channels on Logic Pro, all virtual instruments and effects packed all over and it's rock solid.

            New apple products especially are ludicrously expensive and to be frank I think they are pushing the limits of their pricing - I couldn't in good faith recommend their new products at their Aus RRP to a friend.

            But I will always recommend a specced up 2015ish MBP/MBA used - You pay a premium for the build, and you sacrifice a lot of flexibility windows provides, but once you get used to having a computer you dont think about you can actually move the hell on from gear lust and actually get some work done.

      • Obviously not you!

      • +4

        Spec per spec, not even including the bonkers monitor, is a lot more than that. When this came out someone tried to match it watch a custom build and it cost them even more than the retail price of the iMac Pro.

        • $4413

          CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
          CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
          Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
          Memory: Corsair - Dominator Platinum 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
          Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
          Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card
          Case: Corsair - 750D ATX Full Tower Case
          Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
          Monitor: LG - 43UD79-B 42.5" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor

        • +1

          Not true, you can beat it for a little over $5000. That's including almost $2000 on an equivalent monitor.

          Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $821.70
          Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $119.00
          Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI $315.00
          G.Skill - Sniper X 32 GB DDR4-3200 $327.80
          Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB $299.00
          Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card $1059.00
          Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $135.00
          SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W $148.50
          LG - 27" UltraFine 5K IPS Monitor $1889.00


          • +2

            @Shrew: While it is a niche, assuming a workstation user wants quad-channel RAM, ECC support, built-in 10G ethernet and a 5K display, your build is not a valid equivalent. Not to mention that Z370/Z390 chipsets only give you access to 16 PCI-E lanes, whereas HEDT and Xeon platforms offer up to 48 lanes.

            You'd need to spec it with a Xeon equivalent ($1500–2000 alone) with a suitable workstation board with ECC UDIMMs which would add more to that price.

            I run an i9-9900K (RX580 for macOS + 1080Ti for Windows) Hackintosh myself, so it's not like I'd buy the official Apple hardware anyway, but just saying you're not making a proper comparison there.

    • -1

      I thought the Tesla Model S Ludicrous Performance was a ridiculous waste of money, but each to his own.

    • -3

      Intel Xeon W-2104 is equivalent to AMD Ryzen 3 1300X or slower than Intel Core i3-8100

      Radeon Pro Vega 56 is equivalent to GTX1070, RTX2060 range

      Buy one of the Techfast PC like this and you have $5200 left to buy other things you need.

      • +11

        Intel Xeon W-2104 is equivalent to AMD Ryzen 3 1300X or slower than Intel Core i3-8100

        No it isn't. Nobody is building workstations with those CPUs.

        • I compared them on Userbenchmark and PassMark. What do you mean by No?

          • +6

            @MagicMushroom: Server CPU vs desktop CPU.

          • +8

            @MagicMushroom: Because there is a big difference between W-2104 (which is what you used to compare - and that's 4 cores / 4 threads) vs Xeon W-2140B (which is 8 cores and 16 threads) - actual CPU.

            So yeah, if you tried to compared the cheapest Xeon instead of actual CPU picked by Apple, then yes, there is a big performance difference. It was auto-correct in your Web search went very wrong for you, because there is not much performance data for W-2140B. BTW, W-2140B is the slowest of Apple offering for iMac Pro, but even that with 8 cores / 16 threads should provide decent performance.

            Overpriced - yes… But, 8 cores / 16 threads from intel cannot be that bad.

            • @netsurfer: To be fair to the guy officeworks listing just says 2104, got me too.

              • @2expensive: Lousy naming scheme from intel for Xeon. Anyway, it is still better to correct the misinformation.

                Still way too expensive for most home users.

                • @netsurfer: This isn't for home users

                  • @dontpanic: Who is it for? Lol. People who want to spend a lot of money for a not very powerful computer?

              • @2expensive: Just saw that I see the confusion.. Also it says processor count is two does anyone know if that's right???

              • @2expensive: Yeah that's where I got the info from.

            • @netsurfer: Chill bro, no need to use bold letters.

              • @MagicMushroom: The bold letters are for other people as it is confusing. Another reason for using bold was:

                Lousy naming scheme from intel for Xeon.

                Considered how easy it was to get wrong (the OfficeWorks guy clearly got it wrong) and it was not obvious to spot it. Diji1 tried to inform people that it was incorrect, yet people still didn't see the need to double check.

      • +1

        No. CPU is great. price is ridiculous

    • +1

      Why don't you list all the things that you spend money on so we can judge your habits?

      • I’d love that, isOZB offering personalised budgeting services now.

  • +8

    consumerism has gone mad, $6500 "bargain" for an imac…… and before y'all get butthurt.. i'm typing this from a trusty 2011 27" imac

    • +2

      CPU is $3,500+ alone.

      • +3

        no CPU is about $1500-$2000, it is an Apple only Sku but the available equivalent but the equivalent W-2145B (which is slightly faster) is under $2000

        • In terms of pure performance (and assuming you don't need ECC memory or the extra PCI-e lanes) a 9900K beats it for under $900.

          • @Shrew: I am not suggesting this overpriced POS is good value, but you are comparing apples and oranges. You buy Xeons for server or heavy Workstation jobs that do require things like ECC and those extra lanes or higher amounts of memory support, obviously for raw performance you would not be buying a Mac in the first place.

    • +1

      What if someone requires an iMac with those specifications for their job? How is it any different from a tradesperson spending a similar amount on tools?

      • +1

        Plus this looks a lot smarter than a tower PC. Suppose you’re one of those people renting in a small overpriced apartment or office close to the city, this would look smart tucked away anywhere.

    • Consumers don’t buy workstations.

  • +3

    But why?

  • +5

    Can i play minesweeper on this?

    • +2

      Can I play digger and Tetris?

    • +1

      Maybe on low res settings

  • +6

    just giving them away!

  • +2

    Would rather get a Windows workstation instead. At least I can easily upgrade the hardware.

    • +5

      People usually buy them for media editing. You can't get that display (especially colour) on any other workstation.

      • -1

        Samsung U32H850 31.5" 4K Quantum Dot FreeSync business monitor with auto switching 2•DP/2•HDMA $568. Ergonomic - Non reflective & Rotating in all directions!! 5K is wasted on 27".

        • +5

          Seriously, if you are looking for a alternative monitor, at least you should looking into something like a LG UltraFine 5K, which comes with 500 cd/m² brightness(250cd/m2 on U32H850), 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut (125% sRGB on U32H850, which is equivalent around 95% P3), btw I haven't even start talking about that VA panel. 5k in 27" has huge different on a 4k in 34", almost doubled PPI. Of course most people don't need that, but for professional media editors, that's a huge deal.

          • +1

            @radiochaos: So true. That said, while this 5K monitor makes complete sense in the iMac Pro and is one of the best, and thus expensive screens out there, I am not sure it should be in every iMac. 4K would be enough for a consumer device.

  • +22

    While I agree the price is ridiculous - some people will pay for these.

    If purchasing in store, can get the price down to $6240 with gift cards - These can be purchased $5000 at a time at 5% off through Suncorp Rewards.

    Edit: A 14% discount on this kind of item is not to be sneezed at.

    Edit 2: These are also targeted to creative professionals. If this is a small business purchase then the <$20k instant asset write off might apply (and it looks to be wrapping up this year). Assuming a 30% tax rate, a business will get a refund of ~$2100 at tax time (more if you're a sole trader in a higher tax bracket). That brings the price down to ~$4140 or 40% off.

  • +3

    From what I've read, these were designed for people in relevant industries that actually need the massive processing power.
    For anyone else, the just-updated standard iMacs are really powerful — although the faster hard drive (fusion) option or SSD option is needed for full speed.

    • +3

      Is it though? Iirc even the top spec models still come with a 300ish watt power supply and a mediocre thermal solution.

      • +3

        See what you mean ( especially if coming from a Power non apple user ), but for people Needing to run apple programs for work,this is as good as it get's.

  • +12

    Love all these comments for a top notch expensive computer,especially Apple.

    Just remember, there are a number of self employed professionals who would use this as their Main Work Tool, they can even devalue for a few years for tax purposes.

    I would never spend this much on a computer, but there are plenty of people with Big incomes who can easily afford this, and to them it's a decent savings, maybe even a bargain lol.

    Edit: Looks like myself and two above commenters were thinking along similar lines last few minutes whilst I was typing this one.

    • +4

      under 20K devalue immediately?

      • -2

        3 years

      • +2


  • +1

    wow the 2nd hand 2001 Toyota Celica i got couple years ago only cost me $6000 and it's still going strong. Guess an apple costs around the same, maybe I can play racing games that has a Celica in it?

    • +9

      My best friend at high school couldn't understand why my saxophone cost more than his old Falcon.

      • So many confused people among us.

      • I’m sure you make a much more melodious sound than his old Falcon.

    • Maybe we could race your Celica with my $1000 Skyline?

    • I know this is a couple of days old now, but I know there's a definite trend with OB'ers and apple. However, I find it interesting that people can't seem to fathom who and why someone would buy one of these.

      The ONLY people these are reasonably being marketed to are professionals, i.e. people who make money from using these computers. While I would never buy one myself, if I did video editing, design, etc - if I could justify the return on investment by the increased efficiencies it created… why wouldn't you?

      Not that I'm having a go at you, but how much revenue is your $6000 celica generating for you? I think if you look at people who do a lot of content creation as well, this is the computer that's perfect for them - everything in one, 1st party optimised apps like Final Cut and / or Logic Pro. Yeah, $7k is ridiculous, but if it gets them churning out more stuff quickly (and therefore the potential for more revenue) it makes sense.

      • well my Celica helped me get to and from work =)

        totally understand why some people would buy this, especially for content creators/editors. more so if it's tax deductible.

        just making random comments or trolls though I've spent a fair bit on Apple products over the years.

  • +10

    This may not be for everyone

    You got that right there, champ.

  • +2

    Ok so why some professional workers must need this PC?

    • +13

      It’s usually one or all of these reasons:

      1) The application(s) they use for their business doesn’t have a Windows version. I use an app like this.
      2) The applications they use require a lot of processing power
      2a) there is no other good alternative for someone who has to be Mac and needs power. The Mac Pro hasnt been updated since 2013.
      3) They’re “used to” Mac and have no desire to use Windows. I switch between both frequently and hate pressing the wrong shortcuts constantly on both.
      4) They can afford/justify it

      • +1

        It's unfortunate that few of the reasons above are from a Mac earning your purchase through any positive merits, more just that its hard to switch, or a forced choice. It didn't used to always be that way.

        Personally, its sad to see a $7000 Apple machine that I frankly don't care much about. I'm typing this from my late 2014 iMac 5k, with… 32GB of Ram, and 1TB SSD… gee, how far we've come. At least they slightly improved the cooling solution on this machine compared to the non-pro. But what other innovations have they brought in the last 5 years? A T2 chip that causes freezing? Looking at performance, the multi-thread benchmark is only twice that of my machine after 5 years… and the single thread performance is only 6% faster!

      • I bought an iMac in 2013 and it has lasted me till date without a single crash or issue which perhaps due to my own ignorance I was not able to achieve on any windows OS and a custom built PC. As I said I just didn’t want the hassle that I went through hence I switched for an expensive Imac with half the power offered than the market for that price. I didn’t expect that. I can say that Mac OS and apple hardware work really well with each other that windows needs a lot of tinkering.

        • -6

          You realise Apple haven't made PC hardware for years, right?

          • @zeggie: Just lol at the downvotes.

            Name a single piece of hardware in this iMac that is made by Apple. I'll wait.

            • @zeggie: I did not downvote you. I don't care who makes what as long as I get my work done efficiently. I really don't have time to tweak settings and troubleshoot anymore.

        • +1

          Very hard to believe you haven't experience and freezing in 6 years, very hard to believe.

          • @Sean8802: I have issues with the mouse and bluetooth connection but it maybe due to the batteries being old or the mouse losing power from the batteries. I just bent the cover and it has reduced. Nothing too annoying like losing data. Otherwise nothing I can really think of. I have had freezing issuses but it is quite rare and a restart usually fixes everything and I am back to work.

    • As I know, profession photographers and media editor loves those, since they have simply top the line display resolution and colour. you just can't get that display anywhere besides a 5k iMac pro. Also, final cut only works on mac, which is much cheaper than what adobe provides. Definitely a good investment for those.

    • If you are making the next Pixar movie, the next $100 Billion websites or apps, or you photograph the Queen daily to be sent to the newspapers, I guess you need the fastest thing money can buy.

    • Sketch is Mac only, and you might want the entire Adobe CC suite open in the background at the same time, alone with a 4K movie on an external monitor, while editing a 4K movie in another monitor, and seeding 10,000 torrents.

  • +8

    Great stocking fillers

    • +12

      Nah, true OzBargainer would find way to pay less for Apple.

      • Assuming you're referring to yourself as a true OzBargainer, how about you find us one cheaper?

        • I’m a novice at this game. Only been OzBargaining for about 2yrs. Sorry.

    • +5

      Your time is free?

      In many industries, Apple is still the value king in terms of reducing the time spent on maintenance and issues.

      All my company’s programming/design laptops are Macs for that reason alone.

      That said, this machine’s price is ludicrous.

      • +3

        I work as a network engineer in an environment with over 1k Mac devices… It really isn't that much cheaper maintain. Our IT director had the internals replaced 3 times within a year of getting his MacBook Pro as an example. Their quality has really gone down in the past few years.

        Macs are not really designed with enterprise in mind. We require a third party mobile device management to actually be able to manage all of them…

        • +4

          I’ve been in both startups and enterprise IT.

          In enterprise IT, Windows is the best option. You have an SOE and stick with it.

          But in the startups I’ve been working in for the past decade, Macs have proven to be by far the best option.

          There’s no central AD controller anyway, no IT staff, and everyone manages their own PC. Just mandate a backup solution, set up hosted email and CRM solutions, and you’re off.

          Viruses are much less of an issue than in Windows, and if the laptop breaks, even when they’re on the road, they just go to the Apple Store.

          The last point is the biggest one. When you have a company account (even a small one for a startup), the Apple Store becomes your free technical support provider. That’s a big deal when you don’t have any dedicated IT staff.

          The last company I was at had a dozen programmers, a dozen sales and admin staff, not a single IT person, but it all ran like clockwork from an IT perspective. I doubt we’d get away with that if the staff were using commodity Windows laptops.

          • @DisabledUser77742: You get what you pay for - no corporate management/security. So the programmers can steal data/ideas (as Apple does ;)

            • +2

              @taki: It's a startup. If you can't trust the staff, they will steal stuff.

              That's a given, and there's no way around that in a startup budget.

  • Off-topic but can someone recommend a reasonably priced (say $2000) 27inch windows all-in-one for mostly domestic use? Have limited space so really like the AIO format - I realise they are poorer value than your own build.

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