I would love some advice on how to best customize a Mac Pro. It will be for After Effects, Premiere and occasionally DaVinci Resolve for color grading. But mostly After Effects. It will be for projects 5 minutes or less. We will deliver in 4K.
Ae has been moving more and more processing onto the GPU with each release since the middle of 2016. Development is somewhat slow-going. There’s still a mix of CPU and GPU in the pipeline, so the amount of performance improvement you see totally depends on your workload.
I don’t think you’ll see a massive difference now, but hopefully someday!
Of course, Premiere (to an extent) and Resolve (even more so) can exploit a powerful GPU.
Check OWC for RAM upgrades.
The Apple tax is just a bit much for me.
I too am on the fence with the base config option.
I was going to wait for the W5700X option but I think it’s out of my budget range.
Def will get that Pegasus 8TB enclosure.
My day job is AE and Maya.
I use an HP Z240 with an 8GB Nvidia card for Maya.