Mac Pro vs. iMac for After Effects?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by stanw, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    Will there be a significant difference in performance from a Mac Pro vs. a new maxed out iMac for After Effects?

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  2. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on the workload and what "significant" means to you, but a Mac Pro is generally going to be a better performer for heavy AE usage.

    AE only currently supports CUDA (i.e. nvidia GPUs) for GPU rendering, so that's out. AE will make use of lots of cores, so multi-threaded performance is the key.

    Checking out the GeekBench 64-bit Multicore benchmarks is probably the easiest gauge on paper, but keep in mind that an iMac has a lower thermal threshold, so it will likely start to throttle (and/or a lot of fan noise) over an extended continuous render, while the MP can go for days at full throttle without slowing down.
     

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