Mac Mini Vs Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rei101, May 2, 2014.

  1. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok...

    In my office we have to do loads of renders.

    The Mac Pro was taking too long to come out so we got 5 Mac Minis full optimized to do the render in network.

    What we ended up doing was multiplying out problems x 5!

    We do not get a Mac Pro but the iMacs do the job way faster.

    One iMac renders 26 episodes over night, one Mac Mini about 10.

    Then, when I set up the job between the 5 Mac Minis, the first one runs fine, the second one get very slow and forget about making the third one to run. While #10 is doing 10 renders, #2 is doing 2.

    It may be system bus, there are bunch of variables. But I wish we had a Mac Pro instead of the Mac Minis.
     
  2. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiosity what is your complete set-up for your Compressor network ? A client asked me to look into it for him and I was thinking of something using Mac Minis with OS X Server, but you seem to say this doesn't work?

    Otherwise, I'm sure we all agree with you that'd over a Mac Mini, we'd all prefer a Mac Pro ;)
     
  3. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    Depending what app you are using you might be better off with a few off the shelf PC's to do the rendering. If you aren't using them as a desktop, but just to do the rendering it would give you more performance for your money. Linux seems particularly well suited to these tasks.
     
  4. rei101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am using compressor 4.0.7, forget about making it to work as a network. That software has been in alpha testing for ever. Complete nightmare, full of bugs.
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 603

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    You may want to test these with Mavericks and Compressor 4.1.1. Hardware compression for some compression options was added to 4.1, which should result in a significantly faster output if you can use those settings. See here for more details: http://www.larryjordan.biz/compressor-4-1-hardware-acceleration
     

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