Any raw performance advantage with the nMP hangs on whether or not your applications are optimised for using dual GPUs to accelerate processing: you need to track down benchmarks for the specific applications you use, and compare with a top-end iMac.I am considering buying a price-lowered nMP to do video post-production. However, I can't make up my mind. Would you like to give me some advice?
If you are into the higher end Mac Pro, then it is superior for FCPX than the iMac. The combo of at least 6 core plus 64 gigs RAM and D700 vid, puts it easily ahead of the best iMac today for FCPX. I am sure some pros that use FCPX could give more specific data than myself. The key here is multi-core for complex projects, superior video cards that can be exploited (D700) and the most obvious is that the Mac Pro can take more RAM than the iMac.phrehdd and theluggage:
Thank you very much for your replies! I obtained a lot of information from your replies. With your input, I now have several options.
(1) Get a fully-loaded 12-core nMP with two D700s now.
(2) Get a fully-loaded 27" iMac now.
(3) Wait for the updated iMac while using the current machine.
(4) (A luxury option) Get a fully-loaded 12-core nMP with two D700s now and wait for the updated iMac.
By the way, I use FCPX.
I do need it badly now for editing my lecture videos. I know that it can get me through the two current projects. Unfortunately, I can't wait for the mMP! Fortunately, I won't have the buyer's remorse since my projects will be done before the mMP arrives! If I have new projects when the mMP comes out, I may take a look at it.If you need it now and you can justify the cost, this one will keep you smiling for a while.
Whenever that new "modular" MP hits the (virtual) shelves, it will certainly blow everything else out of the water - including the previous top-model.
I actually like the trashcan form factor as demonstrated by my purchase. I hope that Apple will keep this form factor when the mMP comes out. They can still use the name "Mac Pro" for the trashcan. They can give the name "Mac Pro+" to the mMP.When the "mMP" comes out, I wonder which will have more value, the present "nMP" can or the last incarnation of the cheese grate MP. FrankHahn, would this also add into your thoughts on what is worth getting and when?
Glad you like the nMP. Sadly, it turned out to be a dead end for development and was rather challenged in many respects out the door (thanks to Apple itself). We'll see what the next incarnation is all about when Apple figures it out and gets it out.I actually like the trashcan form factor as demonstrated by my purchase. I hope that Apple will keep this form factor when the mMP comes out. They can still use the name "Mac Pro" for the trashcan. They can give the name "Mac Pro+" to the mMP.