Update my iMac 2011 to Mac Pro 2010 ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by markjl, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. markjl macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2013

    I need a faster machine for Final Cut Pro X.
    I could replace my non-thunderbird (Firewire 800) external HDD. I could make it RAID0.
    And / or I could buy a faster machine but which one for around 2000€?
    Is it worth spending 4000€ for the New Mac Pro (>2013)?

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I would say go for a refurbed retina iMac, get much better performance (they outperform the base quad core nMP) and that fantastic screen for 4K video editing.

    Something like this. http://www.apple.com/shop/product/F...z-quad-core-intel-core-i5-with-retina-display
  3. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    For FCPX, a 2010 Mac Pro can perform as good as the nMP but with just a fraction of the cost.

    However, you have to buy the base model and do all the upgrade by yourself. A "ready to use" fully upgraded Mac Pro is not worth the price anymore.

    For your info. If you want to further lower the cost, you can buy a 4,1 (the 2009 model), but not the 5,1 (2010-2012 model). In term of hardware spec, they are almost identical, and the 4,1 can easily flash to a 5,1, which give identical performance to a real 5,1.

    If single CPU is enough for you. A 4,1 can be as low as $400 at this moment.

    And then a W3689, W3690, X5680, or X5690. Just pick the cheapest one, they have virtually the same real world performance. Which cost you less than $200.

    For W36xx, up to 56G of RAM. Or for X56xx, up to 64G RAM. Normal PC DDR3 1333MHz RAM is good enough if you want to lower the cost. ECC is not mandatory. If 32G (4x8G) is good enough for you, thats just $300.

    A SATA SSD e.g.850 Evo ($300), or the PCIe SSD with adaptor for better performance, but cost you more.

    A better GPU, you have lots of choice here. But for FCPX, AMD card works better, I am now running dual HD7950 ($150 x2), which gives more or less the same performance as the dual D700 (top model in the nMP). For single card option, R9 280X is a good choice.

    So, You can have a very strong Hex core 3.46GHz, 32G RAM, dual 7950 FCPX machine for just about $1500 (1300 euro). This rig can out perform all Mac except the top model nMP in FCPX.

    However, there is no quick sync in the CPU, so the single pass H264 export time will be much longer than the current iMac. If this is a matter for you, do NOT consider the Mac Pro. But the Mac Pro surely can work at 100% loading 24/7 with just little fan noise and stays cool. This is the main difference between the Mac Pro and other Macs.

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