New Mac Mini Server and FCPX

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bigcreek, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. bigcreek macrumors member

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    What are your thoughts on this machine for moderate editing? - I like that it is quad core, but don't know about it running Lion Server and FCPX?

    2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    750GB Serial ATA Drive + 256 Solid State Drive
     
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you run your video editing machine as a server too?
     
  3. bluap84 macrumors 6502

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    +1 - why ?
     
  4. bigcreek thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't know if quad core processing would outweigh the lack of dedicated graphics hardware - as compared to the dual core model which does have dedicated graphics.
     
  5. bluap84 macrumors 6502

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    are you saying you already have a mac mini server? and your wondering if you can run FCPX on it?
     
  6. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    My bto w/ same specs is not shipped yet. Subscribe to thread. One answer to why from my perspective: if I can serve files and mail from the hdd while working efficiently from the ssd simultaneously, the mini server becomes best of both worlds.
     
  7. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Serve files to whom?
     
  8. bigcreek thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have a mac mini, I was trying to decide if I should buy the server version versus the non-server version.

    The difference being you could get the 4-core server version without dedicated graphics, or the 2-core non-server version with dedicated graphics. Which would be better for FCP?
     
  9. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    There will have to be mini users who determine this. I haven't found the answer, but it seems a general consensus in other related threads that it is a trade off between how much better the cpu in server mini is versus the dedicated graphics of the high end two core mini. I already knew that for my work which is image manipulation in CS5 that four cores (8 threads) will allow me to continue my normal work flow- while enjoying Safari, iTunes, Mail, and Quicktime and still screaming at Photoshop and Bridge. I suggest you wait for a few real world tests, surely within the next weeks others will have both a mini and a server mini running FCP and your answer.
     
  10. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    As FCP X can take advantage of the GPU's RAM, I'd rather go with the non-server model. Don't forget that Video rendering puts a lot of strain on the CPU. I'm not sure if the heat that is produced in the process is not gonna kill the 4-core rather quick.
     
  11. bigcreek thread starter macrumors member

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    Great points. I was leaning toward the dedicated graphics. Cost less also. -
     
  12. rhurst macrumors newbie

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    Bump for more replies.

    Final Cut Pro X says the Mini Server's HD 3000 integrated graphics are supported, but I need to know if the performance is decent, or if it just barely gets the job done.
     
  13. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    The GPU in the $800 Mac mini is pretty weak VS the ones in $1800 and up MBP, iMac, and Mac Pro.

    The only thing I could see it possibly helping is in Motion or using two monitors. Someone would need to test for a difference.

    The question is how much will it benefit in Motion VS 2 more cores, 4 more threads?

    Besides games, the only other App that I can think of that might prefer 2 cores + GPU VS 4 cores would be aperture. But someone needs to test it ;)
     

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