Used or Newer 8 Core for After Effects

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by CJVideo, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. CJVideo macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2011
    Greeting all,
    I have been editing FCP for several years and I'm about to make the leap to After Effects. My current machine is a G5. So I know both will be a big leap. It is my understanding that After Effects can take advantage of all 8 cores as long as you got the RAM. Here are my 2 choices. The used one has a faster speed but I'm sure there are added benefits to the newer one. FYI Both machines will at lest have 24 gigs of RAM. I'm more concerned with the processors then the extras (HDs & SDs). Any advice would be helpful.

    "Clovertown" Mac Pro Eight Core/3.0 GHz

    8 GB of RAM
    750 GB internal drive plus 750 GB add'l internal drive
    Internal 2 Ea. SuperDrives
    No keyboard
    Airport Extreme and Bluetooth installed
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT Video

    Eight-Core Apple Mac Pro

    Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Westmere" processors
    6GB (six 1GB) memory
    1TB 7200-RPM Serial ATA hard drive
    18x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB Video
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Wired Keyboard
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The new one will actually be faster. It has hyperthreading, as well as turbo boost, and it scores 3000 points higher on geekbench, so it's actually a faster computer.
  3. CJVideo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2011
    Thanks for the info. It's interesting on that site that the 2009 models are faster. or am I not reading something right?
  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    That depends on which 2009 models you're looking at. The 2010 8-core (2.4GHz) will outperform 2009's base 8-core (2.28GHz) by a small margin. Same architecture with a die shrink, slightly faster clock speed.

    Also, there were two faster versions of the 8-core available in 2009 as well: 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz. These are both faster machines than the current 8-core model, again because of the clock speed differences. These upgraded 8-core configurations were replaced by two 12-core options for 2010.
  5. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    OS and CS version

    Then add which OS X and CS version your running.
    Ive found major diff running AE CS 5.5 (my bread and butter at work) between 2009 and 2010 configs.
    Too many variations to list.
  6. CJVideo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2011
    Thanks for all your replies. I ended up finding a 2009 8 core 2.93. So hopefully it will do me good. I'm going to add 24 gigs RAM. My one question is it has 10 gigs now (2 gig x5) I was going to add 4 gig x 6 so that would still have 2 slots open can I mismatch the RAM. So I would have 4 gig x 6 and 2 x 2?

    Also I am using Snow Lep. and CS5.

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