4.1 upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by creidv, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. creidv macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2011
    Amateur editor w/ FCP7 and Adobe 5.5, looking for the wisest upgrades to kick up my performance. Got a 4.1, 2,26 quad, 16gb, mid 2010.
    About to go with a 5770 card, but was wondering if there's some other things I should consider as well.
    Appreciate any ideas.
  2. CaptainChunk, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you think you might be using Premiere CS5.5 at all, it does have CUDA acceleration. So, a second-hand (or hacked) GTX 285 or a Quadro 4000 would be the best choices there. So for a case like this, order with the stock 5770 and swap it out with an NVIDIA, if you want to take advantage of the CUDA acceleration.

    In FCP 7, the graphics card doesn't matter as much, although Apple Color does tend to perform best on ATI GPUs (better optimization and more output options). In this scenario, again, the 5770 would probably be a fine choice. With the exception of some plugins, FCP 7 almost never uses the GPU, so spending a ton of money on a faster one would be pointless. Color and Motion are really the only apps in the suite where that matters and honestly, they both perform very well on the 5770.

    In FCP X, GPU acceleration is based on OpenCL. Here, the 5870 graphics card option would be in theory better (twice the processing power). Also not a bad idea if you plan on using the machine for gaming as well.
  3. creidv thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2011
    Ordered a 5870. Hope to see faster rendering.
    I do have cs5.5, but haven't gotten into learning it yet.

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