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  • Peter Corbett

    June 26, 2012 at 5:57 am

    With the recent underwhelming “upgrade” to the Mac Pro line, I’m wondering if it’s worth considering upgrading from my dual 2009 2.26Ghz to a new single CPU 6-core 3.2Ghz Mac Pro. it looks like any further Mac Pro updates won’t happen until 2013, so any performace boosts can be worthwhile in the meantime.

    I recently replaced the Qaudro FX 4800 with a GTX 570 and got a very noticable increase in Premiere export speeds; over 50% to H.264. It all helps!

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions
    http://www.php.com.au

  • Michael Murphy

    June 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What are the rest of the specs?

    RAM? Disks? RAID?

    You can look at the database here to see what increases performance the most, all else being equal. That GTX 570 was a good call!

    https://www.ppbm5.com

    There are 900+ machines with full specs in the database. There are all PC (?) I think, but you can see relative performance for teh same processor, etc.

    You might also look at the timings posted here for a test suite in conjunction with this article:

    https://magazine.creativecow.net/article/promax-one-looking-at-the-hero

    Run the suite on your machine and compare to the timings others have posted. I am going to install a GTX 560 with 2 GB RAM, two 2TB Seagate Barracuta in RAID, and an SSD as scratch and benchmark before and after.

    Good luck!
    Michael

  • Robbie Coblentz

    June 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    More RAM would be great. But you did the best thing in the word by going to the GTX570. Amazing the difference that card makes on a Mac with CUDA support enabled. The newer architecture on the 6-core would provide a boost, but you may not get the best band for your buck.

  • Peter Corbett

    June 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Thanks guys. I’ve 32gb RAM, 240gb SSD system drive, 8tB RAID with Highpoint 4322 SAS card, so the Mac is pretty maxxed at the moment. I’m wondering if fewer cores but faster clock-speed will give performance a boost.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions
    http://www.php.com.au

  • Jim Wiseman

    June 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’ve got the Hexacore 3.33 with the GTX 285 and 24GB RAM, OWC SSD in one of the optical bays. Works great. I think that machine is in the sweet spot. Not much changed from my 2010 5,1, cheaper now and more base RAM. Good choice w faster processor and enough cores for CS6. If you want to be sure of getting a tower config, a safer bet than waiting.

    Jim Wiseman
    Sony PMW-EX1,Pana AJ-D810 DVCPro, DVX-100, Nikon D7000, Final Cut Studio 2 and 3, Media 100 Suite 2.1, Premiere Pro 5.5 and 6.0, AJA ioHD, AJA Kona LHi, Avid MC, Hexacore MacPro 3.33 Ghz 24Gb RAM GTX-285 120GB SSD, Macbook Pro 17″ 2011 2.2 Ghz Quadcore i7 8Gb SSD, G5 Quadcore PCIe

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