1tb vs 2tb fusion for video editing, late '15 27"

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  1. ZCP macrumors newbie

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    One would think the 2tb would be better since it has 128gb ssd vs the 24gb ssd in the 1tb. But does the larger overall spinner affect performance when manipulating large files?
     
  2. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    You should never store your video files on the system drive. Most files, being large, would be pushed off to the slower spinner anyways. Get a good external RAID solution for media files. This is a good economical and space saving solution, though there are many others http://www.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/portable-hard-drives/performance/backup-plus-fast-hdd/ It just happens to be what I'm using now.

    Best performance if buying a new iMac would be to get a 512GB Flash drive. Otherwise, a 2-3TB fusion is a good budget option -- but not for media files.
     
  3. Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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  4. Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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    Im ready to buy also imac 27, i wonder for mk 462, mk472 or mk482?
    I dont know exactly the differences to be honest, i will work for video and photo editing and with logic software for music edit with korg kronos 2 device .. Any suggestions? Or i will just take the 27 retina 1 terra, ( i mean the most simple 27 retina) thanks
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If you read files from the HDD it will be really slow. With a smaller SSD in the 1TB drive, chances are more often than not, that you will be reading from the HDD. Not sure what else you are asking about.
     
  6. blueeggs macrumors member

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    I bought the 1999 model on the 19th with the 1tb fusion drive. I ended up exchanging it for the 2299 model with the 2tb fusion drive and the 128 gig ssd instead of the 24 gig one. I can tell you that the 2tb fusion is much more responsive. The 128 gig ssd allows for all of your os and apps to be stored on the ssd for most people. I usually have no more than 60gb of os and app data on my macs. the 1tb fusion drive was much slower when waking it up. Also when you put your mac to sleep it copies the data from your ram to the ssd and if you have the small 24 gig I will probably be copying it to the hdd. Especially if you upgrade to your memory from the base 8 you will want the 2tb fusion.
     
  7. Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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    Any suggestions?
     
  8. blueeggs macrumors member

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    I recommend at minimum the 2tb fusion or ssd. I would not get the 1t because of the 24gb ssd.
     
  9. Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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    I think that is ok

    Apple iMac 27-inch with Retina 5K display - 3.3GHz Processor - 2TB Storage
    • 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    • 8GB (two 4GB) memory, configurable up to 32GB
    • 2TB Fusion Drive1
    • AMD Radeon R9 M395 with 2GB video memory
    • Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display
    Display
    Retina 5K display
    27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display with IPS technology; 5120‑by‑2880 resolution with support for millions of colors

    Processor
    3.3GHz quad‑core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)
    Configurable to 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz)

    Memory
    8GB (two 4GB) of 1867MHz DDR3 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible
    Configurable to 16GB or 32GB

    Storage
    2TB Fusion Drive
    Configurable up to 3TB Fusion Drive or 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of flash storage (SSD)

    Graphics
    AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
    Configurable to AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
     
  10. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    Logic and and video editing software will make use of the i7s faster speed and multithreading abilities. Get it. Also, the 395 makes sense unless you are doing a lot of 4K video and effects. In that case, you would want the x with 4GB VRAM

     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Thanks for sharing the hands on experience!
     
  12. ZCP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Agreed this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing.
     
  13. Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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    I do alot 4k movies even if i export to hd,
    so i go for 4g VRAM and i7s.. I will check the price now
     
  14. Oceansprince, Oct 31, 2015
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    Oceansprince macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all for the answers.. I will go for i7s, graphics 4g VRAM and 2T hd. Its my first serious pc, i wonder about logic pro x if will have zero delay when i will use my device's keyboard to play on real time. With cubase on windows xp i use extra sound card and midi, but even that i had lil delay on real time playing.. Im so happy if i can make it.. The only negative is that i have pay alot for dedicated softwares for windows xp, but i will use the imac as a monitor to connect with my other pc. Another example, one video editor magix video pro, i know it very well, there isnt for mac and if someone know a similar use editor with this for mac it will be very helpfull
     
  15. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    You cannot use recent iMacs as target monitors. Your choices are Parallels/VMWAre/Boot Camp for Windows programs or simply switch to Mac. I think you'll find you can leave your windows programs behind without a hiccup. Your computer choice is solid.
     

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