MacPro 3.1 upgrades for Adobe cc (mainly AE)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thestudentisrea, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. thestudentisrea macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    2008 macpro 3.1 (8 core 2.8Ghz)
    OSX 10.8, but I will update as necessary
    4 SATA drives maxed out with 7200 rpm drives
    Stock video card (ATI 2600)
    24Gb ram

    About to switch over to Adobe cc for video editing. Need to boost current system to improve AE performance mainly, but use for all cc products and dynamic link with PR, AU.


    Assuming I need two fast drives (question for another thread), should I go for the Apricorn solo 2x pcie card which holds one ssd and has hookup for a second at SATA III speeds... or go the pure pcie route for faster drive which leaves ????? for what to do about second drive?

    Reading up here... there are only 2 fast pcie slots, so if one is being used for ssd, then that leaves on for new gpu. Seems to be down to 570, 680, maybe 780? Still reading. Not sure how much diff between these options for what I need.

    All help appreciated. Looking to pull the trigger ASAP.

    Anything else I should be looking at?
  2. fhenry macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2012
    Go to barefeats Nice vidoecards testing with ae
  3. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    If you are on a budget a used GTX570 is plenty fast enough for After Effects. The 680 is a little faster & quieter but way more expensive.

    Definitely go with an Apricom card for the SSD as otherwise the SSD is throttled by SATA2 speed. Modern 1GB/platter drives are much faster than older lower capacity. I used to be very happy if I got 120MB/s from a 7200rpm disk but a 2TB Toshiba I just got runs at about 180MB/s read & write. An SSD in a drive sled will max out at about 250MB/s whereas in an Apricom it will run at nearly double that.

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