Mac Pro 2008 vs new iMac - video editing

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by timbob, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. timbob macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2010
    Hi Guys,

    I'm considering a second hand 2008 mac pro -

    2.8 GHZ - 8 Core, 6 GB Ram - Radeon HD 2600 XT

    I was just wondering how this would stack up against the new iMacs (i3 & i5) performance wise, specifically for video editing in final cut pro.

    Many thanks in advance :)

  2. asdf542 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2010

    Order from best to worst processor performance:
    iMac (Mid 2010) 2.93 i7 4-core - 9084
    Mac Pro (Early 2008) 2.8 8-core - 8994
    iMac (Mid 2010) 3.6 i5 2-core - 6967
    iMac (Mid 2010) 2.8 i5 4-core - 6735
    iMac (Mid 2010) 3.2 i3 2-core - 5948
    iMac (Mid 2010) 3.06 i3 2-core - 5737

    Give or take from some of the scores since they are averages. Bear in mind that the 2600 XT does not support OpenCL which all of the current GPU's in the iMacs support so that may speed up encoding times down the pipe should Apple ever implement it into the QuickTime engine.
  3. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
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    Both should be roughly equivalent, but you don't get ease of expandability for storage. It depends what you are going to be editing and the quantity of rushes you will have. The iMac is a beautiful machine, but you'll get more mileage out of the MacPro.
  4. timbob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2010
    Mac pro vs iMac

    Fantastic Advice guys,

    That clears things up for me now. Mac pro it is I think :eek:)
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Also, those are synthetic benchmarks, which don't always paint the entire picture.

    For example, an 2008 8-core 2.8 will certainly render in Compressor (entirely CPU-based) faster (with a QMaster virtual cluster enabled) than any current iMac will because it simply has more physical processing cores.

    But a 2010 Core i7 iMac will be faster in single-threaded tasks, due to the higher clock speed and improved CPU architecture.
  6. dgrgich macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2010
    I'll second what folks are saying here . . .

    . . . and I have first-hand experience with both machines.

    Get the Mac Pro and then a better video card and you'll only miss the 27" screen. Having the drives onboard and available makes all the difference in the world.
  7. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Or you could buy a 27" screen. Or a better graphics card. Or multiple graphics cards and a plethora of monitors.

    It's worth pointing out that every Mac Pro is actually going to get faster, not slower, as software is slowly re-engineered to actually use all the hardware.

    I'm two years into the lifespan of mine, and I expect it to be competitive for another six.

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