Upgrading 2010 Hex core for Adobe Premiere & After Effects

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by telequest, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. telequest macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    In light of Apple's pre-announcement of the new Mac Pro Tube, it seems to me that maxing out my current 2010 Mac Pro (5,1) 6-core 3.33GHz machines (two of them) will be the best near-term investment to keep me going for the next few years. After that, we can see what kind of real-world experience users have had with the new MP and see what refinements Apple adds in the v.2 of the new models.

    Primary uses: Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects (and supplemental use of various other Adobe CC apps).

    Upgrade plan (prices are recent approximations but may have changed):

    1) RAM - 48GB (16GB x 3), probably from macdirect.com ($500 for Micron/Hynix) since OWC is now charging $640 for this upgrade kit

    2) Pair of SSDs in PCIe card as RAID 0 array: Sonnet Tempo Pro ($270) with two Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSDs ($460 x two) for media and scratch ... though I'm tempted by option of a pair of Crucial M500 960GB ($600 ea.) for twice the capacity but somewhat lower performance

    3) Video Card ... replace the current ATI Radeon HD5870 with Nvidia GTX 580 3GB via MacVidCards which he lists as "still best CUDA card".

    Will continue to have system and apps on separate 256GB SSD.

    That's all to maximize Premiere Pro and AE performance ... would much appreciate your input to see if this plan makes sense, or if there are better/additional strategies with good bang-for-buck.

  2. telequest thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Input would be much appreciated

    Hey gang,

    Sorry to bump this up but I'm about to drop some serious change on these upgrades, and would greatly appreciate any guidance:

    1) I figure the RAM is a no-brainer, only a question of where to buy at a good price. OWC seems over-priced these days vs some alternatives. Your suggestions on best deal on a 48GB (3x16GB) kit?

    2) A PCIe card with a pair of fast SSDs in RAID 0 also seems like an obvious thing. Any options better than Sonnet Tempo Pro card with Samsung 840 Pro SSDs?

    3) Video cards still flummox me. For current versions of Adobe Premiere and After Effects, CUDA still seems to be essential for GPU acceleration. I gather that OpenCL support is coming but doesn't seem to be fully there. Would there be any benefit of holding onto my 5870s and running them AND a CUDA card? If so, am I right that I'd need an additional power supply?

  3. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    If you check around in this forum you will see that for CUDA, the "old" GTX580 is still the top. But you can also go with the GTX680 as there are lots of info on how to install one.
  4. GermanyChris, Jul 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013

    GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011

    Upgrades are very useage based, app's as well as habits.

    48GB is fine I like my 48 I've got about 340 euro into the RAM it's Samsung

    Video cards are what they are, get the 580 and the PS and go for add 2 if it jerks your chain

    With the kind of dollars you talking about dropping in SSD's I'd be more inclined to do the Accelsior or one of it's ilk but you looks incremental upgradability.
  5. MacMilligan macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012
    Used 580's go for around $200 or less, so I'd say that is a no brainer. I'd shop around for RAM, there isn't much to it really and buying "Mac certified" is a good way to throw money down the drain. As for the SSDs, you've got that figured out IMO. M5 or Samsung Pro is the way to go.

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