|Oct 28, 2014, 10:05 PM||#1|
Mac Mini i7 2012 Server configuration for Final Cut Pro X
Need some advise and expertise please for configuration:
I just purchased a 2012 Mac Mini Server i7 Quad-Core 2.3MHz and want to use it to work with Final Cut Pro X.
I could not get a i7 2.6MHz - no longer on the internet new for purchase anywhere.
Like most who do amateur video stuff, I cannot afford a Mac Pro. I have been using my Mac Air 2013 i7 for video editing/rendering with a Belkin thunderbolt express dock, but don't want to burn it out and need something else. $ are now short.
Like most people, I was waiting for the new mac mini's and was disappointed... Have a 27" Cinema Display (still like it-not thunderbolt) and is why I don't get an iMac or Macbook (have a Macbook Air).
1. Mac Mini 2009 (upgraded RAM to 8 gigs, upgraded stocked 350 gig HD drive to 128 SSD drive and used external drives) - still fast for general stuff (to my surprise, even with Yosemite) and used it for basic video/audio stuff, but need now more power.
2. I then used my 2013 i7 Air with external drives for rendering and worked well, but again should not use my Air for heavier FCX or Logic stuff.
What would be the best configuration/upgrade or whatever to maximize my configuration for video editing-rendering?
Now Current Configuration:
1. Mac Mini i7 Late-2012 Quad-core 2.3 MHz, 4 gigs. RAM, 1 TB drives (2x-500gigs - Apple stock).
2. 27" Cinema Display (not Thunderbolt) - still like it and will use it (may save and sell to get a 27" Thunderbolt display some day).
3. Belkin thunderbolt express dock (used it with the 2013 Air - worked well). Like to not use it since I just bought the Mac Mini Late 2012 server
4. 3x USB-3 3 TB drives (1x Porsche Design, 2x Seagate-s)
Thoughts for upgrade:
1. upgrade stock 4 gigs RAM to 16 gigs (no brainer).
2. Take off server and either use OS X Mavericks or Yosemite (or Mountain Lion?) - not sure.
3. Not sure - should I eventually upgrade the HD drives to SSDs when able - $
4. If I use external drives for rendering, are the 1 TB stock HD drives ok or should I upgrade to SSD when able - $?
5. Do I need to RAID my external drives or stand-alone ok..?
Since I use a 27" Cinema Display, it will plug into the one thunderbolt port, so I cannot use a thunderbolt drive for speed (save $ to buy a thunderbolt external HD someday) unless I eventually sell my 27" Cinema Display and get a Thunderbolt display which will have another thunderbolt port. This is why I may need to use the Belkin dock station.
Thanks and appreciate responses.
Last edited by loby; Oct 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM.
|Oct 28, 2014, 10:36 PM||#2|
OS X v10.9.2 or later
4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K)
OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later
256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K)
3.5GB of disk space
I would stick in 16GB and a ssd of 256GB
|Oct 28, 2014, 10:46 PM||#3|
Series of 8 episodes on mac mini 2012 with video software
he used - I7 2,3Ghz Quad Core
- 1TB Hdd 5400rpm
- 16GB Ram 1600Mhz
|Oct 29, 2014, 06:14 AM||#4|
(1) One 8 GB stick of RAM (gives you 10 GB installed)
(2) Replace one HDD with a ~500 GB SSD
Use the SSD for OS, apps and all projects you are working on (scratch, media, etc assuming projects fit).
Don't worry about:
(1) external TB storage; get a decent USB 3.0 enclosue that features UASP (I just picked one up for $20 and my Samsung 840 EVO flies in it, almost double the speed of a USB 3.0 enclosure from same manufacturer that did not feature UASP)
(2) splitting OS, apps, scratch, etc since SSD does not have same latency as HDD - you wouldn't notice the difference and better to spend limited $ on a single large as possible SSD
Last edited by RCAFBrat; Oct 29, 2014 at 07:20 AM.
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