iMac 27" Graphic Cards - Are They Good for 1080p Editing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rapmastac1, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    I'm referring the higher and highest end graphic cards available on the 27" models of the iMacs. I plan on creating and editing 1080p content in the future and would like to not be bottlenecked by the graphics card for a change. My current iMac (first gen ALU 20", base configuration) just barely plays 1080p clips with minimal stuttering. It's fast otherwise.

    I ask because I plan on getting my next computer in a year and need some options. I obviously want to stick with OSX so that limits my choices, I am between either the highest end iMac or a Mac Pro with the highest end graphics card or similar.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    What significantly better video options are there right now?
  3. b01189 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2009
    South Florida
    What 1080p footage are you trying to deal with compressed or uncompressed?

    What iMac or Mac Pro are you looking at purchasing?

    If your dealing with anything anywhere near 1080p uncompressed the iMacs will not support the data flow as well as a Mac Pro. Beyond that you will need a significant amount of ram.

    Honestly the work flow of a Mac Pro is built for this kinda of data flow will work much better. I have a MP dual 2.66 2 core 6gb RAM and two 8800 GTs powering my two 22in Monitors and finally a third 7300 GT for a client monitor, and a AJA card for the interface with FCP and Avid that works quit well.
  4. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    OP, why not ask this question in a years time, as you think of upgrading then. Who knows what new Macs, CPU, & GPU we might have by then.
  5. polterdice macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Aw man, I clicked the link hoping it would be your setup and not a smiley face... I feel like I've been rickroll'd
  6. b01189 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2009
    South Florida
    Ya.. sorry about that but heres a pic of my setup... ya there are a couple of older mac, eMac G4 PowerMac have those set up for some back ground rendering for avid and FCP.

    Attached Files:

  7. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    If you plan to video edit a lot, I highly recommend the upper end quad-core iMac. The difference between the two ATI cards will not really effect editing 1080p video, but the processor will (plus if you go with the Quad, you get the upper ATI card anyway).
  8. ravencr macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2009
    For those of you using Premiere to edit on a iMac, does it play the video within the software while editing without hiccup at all? That's the main problem I have with editing on my MBP 17" loaded. It just can't keep up...upgrading to an iMac if I can get this confirmation.


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