iFixit Tears Down the New iMac Pro [Images]

Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:53pm by iClarified · 7584 views

iFixit has posted its teardown of the new iMac Pro. The model being disassembled features an 8-core, 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.2 GHz, 32 GB (4 × 8 GB) of 2,666 MHz DDR4 ECC, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8 GB of HBM2 memory, 27" display with 5120 × 2880 resolution and support for one billion colors (P3 color gamut), and 1 TB SSD.

● Desktop comes with a Space Gray Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and a black Lightning-to-USB cable.
● 3.5 mm headphone jack, SDXC card slot, Four USB 3 ports, Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, 10 Gb ethernet port
● Apple model number A1862
● Enormous dual-fan cooler
● 80% increase in cooling capacity
● Standard 288-pin DDR4 ECC RAM sticks, with standard chips on board
● One GPU, which sadly is BGA-soldered in place. And at the opposite side, one workstation-class Xeon processor—not soldered in place.
● Intel Xeon W-2140B (Skylake, 14 nm—likely an underclocked W-2145 to keep the temps in check), 3.2 GHz CPU with Turbo Boost up to 4.2 GHz, paired with what could well be a standard LGA 2066 socket
● 500 Watt power supply

Repairability Score: 3 out of 10
● The RAM and CPU are both modular, meaning repairs and upgrades are a go—despite what Apple tells you.
● The dual SSDs are modular, but custom-made by Apple, complicating replacement.
● Cutting the tape to open the iMac isn't too hard (with the right tools), but it must then be replaced to complete any repair.
● Key replaceable components are buried behind the logic board, requiring a lot of disassembly for access.
● The loss of the external RAM access hatch makes for much more challenging upgrades compared with the 27" iMac 5K.
● The GPU is BGA-soldered in place—potentially a major drawback on a "pro" workstation. No easy graphics upgrades are possible, so choose your configuration wisely.

Check out a few images below or hit the link for the full teardown!

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