Final Cut Pro X - Graphics Card Coice

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mcnallym, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I am looking at getting a second hand Mac Pro 2010 and upgrading, however one thing I am unsure of after looking at the benchmarks and reviews is which is going to be the better card for use with FCPX.

    7950 Mac Edition


    GTX680 Mac Edition

    Machine is going to be used for FCPX and Lightroom, DVD/Bluray ripping. No Gaming on it, so not fussed about the Gaming Performance of the Cards.

    From what I can tell of the reviews then Lightroom doesn't really use the GPU that much and FCPX uses OpenCL, rather then CUDA.

    Especially with the new Mac Pro using AMD Cards then I am leaning towards the 7950 Mac Edition over the GTX680, however would like some advice.
    My monitor is a Dell 3008WFP @2560 x 1600 if that makes a difference to what people would advise.

    Or would I be fine for what I am doing with the stock 5770 that comes with the Mac Pro 2010.
  2. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    I would go for the 680, also what kind of video camera are you using as that would help as well
  3. mcnallym thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    Many thanks for answering on this one. I will likely initially just be using a GoPro3 camera, however it can shoot at 1080p.

    Having read the threads in the Mac Pro section about people having some display issues with the 7950, and your answer, then went with a 680. Where I normally buy my IT kit from seemed to have stopped selling the 680 Mac edition, but I managed to track down somewhere selling a Zotac 680GTX 4Gb which is a 6+6 pin Power Connection.

    With the 680's disappearing quickly from the online stores in favour of 700 series and unclear if there will be future GPU Cards released with the new format in the next Mac Pro then even if overkill for now, I should be OK if advance to more advanced camera's.
  4. allforpiratebay macrumors member

    May 17, 2008
    I have the 2010 Macbook pro and edit gopro footage using FCPX.

    TBH it seems to be the processor that's the slowest part so I wouldn't worry too much about graphics card
  5. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    My take on this is to get the best card for your budget.
    We use FCPX in so many different configs e.g. 5770, 5870, QUADRO 4000, QUADRO 5600, QUADRO 4800, etc...
    To me the hard-drives is the key.
    Since FCPX is database driven, you need a robust RAID of some sort.
    I have worked with it under numerous conditions and even to lengths using an 2009 Uni.
    With the MBP a decent SATA setup does the trick.
    For towers I would suggest the best/budget RAID using ATTO cards.
    I say this cause most cases creative dont stop at FCPX.
    You might start getting into After Effects and so on.
    A decent combo of video card and RAID will always pull you through.
  6. allforpiratebay macrumors member

    May 17, 2008
    I wouldn't bother with raid.

    Get an SSD and a large capacity hard drive. SSDs really are the shizzle

    Depends how far they go - I don't think there is anyway of predicting how far you're going to go but for GoPro (with fixed focus etc) it is a bit limited
  7. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Sure SSDs rock use em all the time for wip but try and create a 24TB system within budget :)
  8. allforpiratebay macrumors member

    May 17, 2008
    True but I don't think this person needs 24 TB

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