Video card for Final Cut Pro X

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by md4peace, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. md4peace macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    I have a 2x2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon (early 2008) with ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT that won't run FCP X. What's a decent video card that I can install to be able to run this?
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    The official Apple Radeon 5770/5870 cards support OpenCL and will run FCP X just fine.

    There are also numerous PC 5770/5870s that can be flashed to work (less money) if you can live without an Apple logo boot screen.
  3. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    5770/5870 are great choices.

    I've heard of issues with them in 2008 Mac Pros and Lion. I'm certainly having issues on my end but I have several things I need to check. I think just having the 5870 in the machine by itself with no other GPUs should work fine.
  4. md4peace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    Video Card fro FCP X

    Thanks, I'm going to pick up the 5770 today and give it a try.
  5. davenportbuzz macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011
    Let us know how it goes. I'm gearing up to buy a 5770 real soon myself.
  6. md4peace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    So far so good with install

    I got the ATI 5770 upgrade card from MicroCenter today. I just finished installing it - after figuring out where to plug in the power card that comes with it. I just booted up and am using Lion 10.7.1 and initial display looks just fine (23 inch APple display). I will now try to download FCP X and see how that goes.
  7. md4peace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    FCP X working fine

    The 5770 is installed, FCP X downloaded, all seems to work without a hitch.

    Now I just have to figure out which files to transfer from my MacBook Pro back to my MacPro and not lose the work I've done on the laptop.
  8. Ibrin macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2004
    I currently have a 5770. I thinking of upgrading to a single 5870 as part of an overhaul. Any ideas if this would give noticeably better performance in FCPX?
  9. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    At FCPX it should. It's got twice the cores, which should translate to roughly twice the OpenCL power.
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    If apple didn't mess up the driver interaction to scale as they have in other pro apps like motion you'll see benefit. Look for some tests. Barefeats actually shows the iMac i7 3.4GHz beating the 6-core 3.33GHz Mac Pro in a number of tests which shows me the GPU is not being stressed enough as the 5870 is about twice the muscle of the iMac's 6970m.
  11. Ibrin macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2004
    I'm going to upgrade my Quad Xeon 2.66 to Octo-Core 2.66 (matched pair from eBay on the way). I think I may just see how it performs with the 5770, and see if I "need" the upgrade. Hopefully Apple will refresh the pro line and drop 6000-series cards. A 6950 would be perfect: 2x6-pin power and 2GB of VRAM.
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
  13. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    5870 has good OpenCL scores, which is what you want.
  14. hollyhillbilly macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Which card for Post Editing Feature

    If money is not an option,
    which card should I buy for a new Mac Pro with maxed out Ram?
    We will be shooting on the RED epic,
    We have not hired an editor, but I assume it will be AVID(Media Composer) or Adobe Premier.
  15. fox10078 macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2009
    Nvidia 570 works great natively in lion, then you get best of both worlds (CUDA, OpenCL)
  16. otlyer macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    RED ROCKET card made by red
  17. hollyhillbilly macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Does that mean I remove the card apple(ATI) that ships with the Map Pro and replace with Red Rocket, or do I keep the ATI Radeon in the slot and add the Red Rocket to another slot?

    This is what I am thinking as of now

    Slot 1 - Red Rocket or other video card.
    Slot 2- 2 port SAS card for 24TB raid and LTO drive
    Slot 3 - Boot Drive OWC 480GB Mercury Accelsior
    Slot 4 - ?

    I am wondering about installing the boot drive in the optical bay, will it be the same speed as the PCIe boot?
  18. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I run final cut pro on my MBP with intel integrate graphics.
  19. otlyer macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    keep the ATI Radeon in the slot and add the Red Rocket
  20. ben1257sb macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    I work in a small TV Station and want to know which of these video cards will suit me best when getting our edit station up to par with FCP 10.

    We currently have a Mac Pro 1,1
    2 x 3GHz Dual Core Xeon
    9 gb of ram

    Right now this mac edits HD Footage in FCP 7 no problem. I "assume" going with the cheaper 5770 will be nothing but better performance overall when comparing to FCP 10 but I am not much of a hardware dude so please help me out.

    With a semi low buget, do you think the 5770 will be the best purchase for my TV Station?
  21. clipsedsm95 macrumors member

    May 17, 2012
    New York
  22. Shawn Strong macrumors newbie

    Shawn Strong

    May 21, 2012
    Newburgh, NY
    I have the stock ATI 5770 installed on my MacPro 8-core 2.4 with 16G of RAM. I sometimes get hiccups using FCPX, but want to upgrade to 5870. I am hoping that it will be much better. And also will be using Davinci Resolve along with it. Really hoping the price difference is worth it!

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