iMac Pro "8-Core" 3.2GHz 27-Inch (5K, Late 2017)

Here you can find the exact specifications of this Mac, along with guaranteed compatible upgrades for it.

  • Model: iMac Pro 5K Late 2017
  • Part Number 

    The MPN (Marketing Part Number), also sometimes called the model number, marketing number, order number or part number. This is the part number under which Apple sold this particular Mac model. Only base configurations have part numbers, while Macs sold with various build to order/configure to order options do not have them. What we consider a single Mac may have multiple part numbers, which may refer to different specifications of RAM, drive size, or case colour that were offered as base options. Part numbers also differ by country or region.

    In modern Macs it is usually an 8 or 9 digit code, with the last 2 characters being "/A" or occasionally "/B". The one or two characters immediately before the "/" depend on country or region - "B" is the UK, "LL" the USA, etc. We represent this portion as "xx".

  • EMC Number 

    EMC numbers cover a narrow group of Macs, or sometimes an individual machine. There are exceptions, but usually models that share an EMC number were released at the same time, and share all attributes apart from minor differences in CPU and other internal components. In a very few cases, Macs of the same model were sold with multiple different EMC numbers.

    The EMC number is usually a 4 digit numerical code, though in a few cases there are additional characters.

  • Model Identifier 

    Model Identifiers often cover a narrow range of Macs. Usually one particular type of Mac, with a specific screen size, released at a particular time. Though in some cases a later revision that is substantially similar, will carry the same Model ID.

    Staring with the Intel Macs released in 2006, Model IDs were in the format MacNameX,Y where MacName is a recognisable Mac model (iMac, MacBookPro etc.), and the X and Y are numbers.

    However in 2022, a couple of years after the ARM switchover, Apple started using the format MacX,Y - the X and Y are numbers, but the "Mac" is the same across different models.

    Old pre-Intel (PowerPC) Macs were almost all PowerMacX,Y or PowerBookX,Y (the exception being the very first iMac, which is: "iMac,1").

  • Model Number 

    Model numbers, also sometimes called family numbers, are an identifier that often cover a fairly wide range of Macs. In cases where the fundamental design of a Mac has remained mostly unchanged, but incremental upgrades have been made to internal components, a single Model Number can cover more than 20 individual Macs, released over several years. Other Model Numbers are unique to a single machine.

    It is usually a 5 character code in the format AXXXX, where the Xs are numerals. Some very old Macs have a Model Number that starts with an "M" rather than "A".

  • Introduced: 2017
  • Discontinued: 2021
  • Max Operating System Version: macOS 12 Monterey (Current) (download)
  • Earliest Supported macOS: macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra
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  • CPU Speed: 3.2GHz
  • RAM Type: DDR4 ECC DIMM 2666MHz
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • Max RAM by Slot: 4 x 64GB
  • Maximum RAM: 256GB
  • RAM Pairing: Modules should be installed in matched pairs of equal size
  • Device Connectivity: USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Video Output: 4 x Thunderbolt 3
  • Expansion: Thunderbolt 3
  • Revision Produced From (Year): 2017
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  • RAM Upgrades
  • Internal Drives
  • External Drives
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drives
  • Expansion Cards
  • Batteries & Power Supplies
  • Graphics & Displays
  • Keyboards, Mice & Trackpads
  • Cables, Hubs & Tools
  • Repairs
  • Configure RAM & Drive Upgrades
  • RAM Type: DDR4 ECC DIMM 2666MHz
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • Max RAM by Slot: 4 x 64GB
  • Maximum RAM: 256GB
  • RAM Pairing: Modules should be installed in matched pairs of equal size

Compatible RAM for this Mac

What is RAM and how does it help? - Click here for more info

RAM stands for Random Access Memory, it is a short term store for data which is only used while the machine is in operation. This is not where your data and applications are stored (that's the Hard Drive or Solid State Drive) so RAM can be replaced without worrying about any data transfer issues.

How much RAM you need depends very much on what you are doing with your Mac. Adding more and more RAM does not necessarily speed your machine up - rather the better way to think about it is that not having enough RAM will slow you down. When your system runs out of physical memory it will use virtual memory on your hard drive instead, this is orders of magnitude slower than RAM, and will result in more instances of the spinning wheel or stuttering.

The more RAM you have, the more things you can do at once and you are able to switch between them better. Also as later operating systems come along they have greater requirements, so a machine feeling fast running OSX 10.7 with 4GB of RAM may well feel sluggish in OSX 10.10 with the same.

Here are the amounts of RAM we have found to be the real minimum for comfortable use in different operating systems. The minimum levels here are not absolute, but even lighter users will be well advised to take steps to minimise RAM use (principly restricting the number of applications they use simultaneously) if they are below them. Of course for some more specialist users of RAM intensive applications, even the ideal amounts listed will be grossly inadequate.

  • Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard - Min 2GB, ideal 4GB or above
  • Mac OSX 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion - Min 4GB, ideal 6GB or above
  • Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks,10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan - Min 6GB, ideal 8GB or above
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra and Later - Minimum 8GB, and this is generally reasonable for light usage though 16GB is more comfortable.

Some systems may not be able to use these amounts but will still run the newer OSs, in these cases maximising your RAM will be the best you can do. To get a better idea of your own specific RAM requirements, you can use the Activity Monitor utility built into macOS. This will let you see how much RAM you really need while using your Mac in the way you use it. Activity Monitor is inside your Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder. Apple have an in-depth explanation of how to use Activity Monitor here.

There are lots of different types of RAM. The RAM modules and compatability information below was generated from the Serial Number or Model ID you selected, and is guaranteed to work 100% or your money back. Even if your manual says otherwise! Original manuals, and even online documentation, are not updated after a machine is released and therefore not up to date with the actual maximum RAM that can be used. Many machines can make full use of more RAM than the offical spec, and we guarantee that the maximum amounts we list will work flawlessly, and be fully utilised by your Mac.

Installation Services

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Compatible External Optical Drives for this Mac

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Compatible Expansion Products for this Mac

Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s

Keyboards & Mice

Bluetooth Keyboards

USB Mice

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Compatible Cables, Adaptors, Hubs, and Tools for this Mac

USB 3.0

Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s


Tools for this Mac

Compatible External Drives and Enclosures

External SSDs

External Hard Drives

Flash Drives

External Drive Enclosures

Network Attached Storage

Repair and Installation Services

Here are our list of fixed cost repair and installation services for this Mac. All machines for repair or upgrade can either be shipped to us (we can arrange collection if desired), or you are welcome to drop the machine into our offices in Sawston, Cambridge. We have been doing Apple Mac repairs since 2001, you can be assured of a complete, speedy, good value and professional service.


Installation Services (parts not included)

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