Which Mac Pro model for After Effects?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bmorris, May 6, 2010.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    I'm waiting until after WWDC to make any final decisions, but I need a Mac Pro.

    I was going to get the 2.66 Quad-core after seeing Macworld's review and benchmarks.

    I just want to get more info about comparing the available models,
    I use FCP and After Effects a lot. I wanted to know if anyone knew any benchmarks for AE rendering between the current options.

    Is it worth getting an 8-core?
    Or is better to get the 2.66 Quad and upgrade RAM and Video Card?
    How exactly does the video card affect After Effects work?
    What's the difference between the Nvidia 120 and ATI HD 5870?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


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    Dec 10, 2008
  3. kRaZyEyEz macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2010
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    I agree about going for the 8-Core, but don't forget the video card has an enormous impact on real-time playback. 8 cores will make for fast render speeds. A powerful video card will allow for more tracks and effects to be layered and previewed in real-time before a render is necessary. It's basically hardware acceleration for any sort of 3D calculations. A good video card is the FIRST thing you should be getting if you're working in After Effects.
  5. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005

    More ram is also a good thing, since the way AE uses multiple cores requires even more ram as the cores increase.

    if you get 8 cores, stock up on RAM, too.

    Really AE is one of the few programs that can take advantage of all 3. :)

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