Final Cut Pro X computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 4dtough, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. 4dtough macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Here is scenario
    Getting into video editing and did some testing on my hard drives in my Mac Pro and i'm good till 30 frames of 1080P
    but no good for 1080p 60 frames or 4k video

    What options do I have to upgrade my computer
    Go with New MacPro or iMac Redna?
    for iMac i was looking to max out
    4 GHz i7
    ram 32
    hard drive SSD 1TB
    video card

    for mac pro
    6 core
    ram 32
    HD SSD 1TB
    Two 700 video cards

    iMac comes with redna display mac pro not yet
    I really love the 5k display but do not know if iMac will do the job

    Thank you all for your help
  2. 4dtough thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Suggestions or experiences would be really helpful
  3. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Upgrading the 5,1 to SSD will be the cheapest option, for speed check out the ngff thread below as there's a PCIe card that will take the Apple SSD blades out the latest kit including the 1.4gig/sec 1tb in the nMP.

    I've just bought two cards for 40 bucks each and will get the blades off eBay!
  4. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I see in the iMac area where posted that the Mac Pro you have is a 2.4GHz model. Look at upgrading those to either 3.33GHz Hex or possibly the 3.46GHz.

    As suggested also look at getting some SSD action in your Mac Pro. I personally use the Sonnet TempoPro and have two of them.

    I use two 512Gb OCZ Vectors in RAID0 as my FCP X drive.

    Others haven't had much luck with this card however they work fine for me.

    Might be worth looking at faster Graphics Cards as well, people are getting the GTX970 working fine with Yosemite, possibly with the 290/295 appearing in the iMac then may find can get the 290 AMD cards working as well in the cMP.
  5. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    Currently the fastest GPU for FCP X is dual 280x - even beats the dual D700 slightly. I don't know if there are any 980 benchmarks int he wild, but it wont be much better than the 780. It'll be better than the 770 shown here but probably wont approach the 280x (I'm guessing, I know).


    AMD has better compute performance, which is likely a big part of it, but there's also driver support. Another user on this forum says their 290x isn't doing so well -- but that may be because it is unflashed and only running at PCIe 1.0 (4GBps).

    Having 2 cards is better than having one to some extent, as seen here:


    However, not by a whole lot.

    I would expect that if the 290x ends up being flashed to do 2.0 and has driver support that It'll edge out the 280x/D700 but who knows by how much, may not justify the price.

    If I were you I'd buy an MSI 280x or two, flash them, put them in a cMP along with some SSD and have a killer machine for half the cost of the nMP with better performance.
  6. 4dtough thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2008
    This upgrade will run me almost $5000.00 for that I can get the new iMac or MacPro Mini

    so thats why i'm asking if iMac or the MiniMP will work and which one will be better i'm really starting to like RiMac
  7. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    $5000? Really?

    Just for comparison, I spent - $650 on 2 x 3.33ghz six core processors, you could probably do that for $500 now.

    $550 for a 1 tb Apple PCI-e flash drive, same as in the new mac pro (but twice as fast as rIMAC

    $700 give or take a bit on the GPU. You would spend less on dual R9 280s.

    You already have the base machine. For Final Cut Pro, ideally you will want dual AMD GPU which you could do in your machine

    You will find the new iMac pretty, but thermally limited and upgrade limited. Also, your r/w on the boot disc tops out at under 700 MB/s. If you are on a 3 year and under cycle, that's ok, but if you want longer run with it, do something else. Go buy a new Mac Pro, or upgrade your current machine for $1500
  8. Tom-Create-Pro macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2014
    Definitely go with a CPU & GPU upgrade on the 5, 1 as well as ideally some PCI-E flash storage blades or a PCI-E SSD. The 5, 1 has the massive advantage of being internally upgradeable over both the nMP and the iMac with which you're pretty much stuck with the configuration you buy.
  9. 4dtough thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Processor are so cheap I thought they where over 1500 each
    Where do I I find info on Apple PCI-e flash drive and how do I plug them in

    Thank you
  10. Tom-Create-Pro macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2014
    Agree on the 5, 1 upgrade route, I think you'll get a much better machine whilst saving quite a few bucks. Plus it will still be upgradeable in 3 years time. The iMac wont.
  11. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    Here's a great thread. The ngff HDs are incredible. Big performance boost overall.

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