Which Spec for Final Cut Express Editing?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ShMac, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. ShMac macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Currently we are using Final Cut Express to quickly churn out thousands
    of short 2D videos a year. It is time to upgrade/replace our towers and I
    would like your opinion on which you would prefer (similar cost) and why.

    The question is whether to go with two slower processors and a traditional
    moving part drive for the software OR one faster processor and a solid
    state drive. However, any other suggestions/ideas are welcome.

    OPTION ONE:

    One 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor
    16GB (4x4GB)
    512GB solid-state drive
    1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    Two ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    One 18x SuperDrive

    OPTION TWO:

    Two 2.40GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processors (12 cores)
    16GB (8x2GB)
    1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    Two ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    One 18x SuperDrive
     
  2. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    I dont expect you would see a discernable difference between systems.
     
  3. InuNacho macrumors 65816

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    FCE is 32 Bit so throwing anything above 4GB and 4 cores at it will do absolutely nothing for it and encoding takes forever, particularly with higher compressed HD footage.

    If FCE is really your thing stick with option one.
     

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