Would late 2011 MBP 15'' 2.2 ghz 8gig ram able to run FCP X?

koban4max

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Yes it will.
Could you elaborate little more? thanks...i need more information regarding rendering and how long it usually takes to do editing...I don't know much about reading benchmark or whatever.
 

GSPice

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Could you elaborate little more? thanks...i need more information regarding rendering and how long it usually takes to do editing...I don't know much about reading benchmark or whatever.
Honestly there's no way to answer your question. There are so many variables that make up how FCP X "feels" on a given machine.

All I can say is that I survived on a 2008 iMac core 2 duo with 4GB ram. It was painful at times, but I survived.

If you're going with that notebook, I'd highly recommend getting a SSD in there and bumping the RAM later if you need to.

Don't expect constant real-time rendering with tons of effects; you just want to be able to edit without the hard drive throwing a fit.
 

koban4max

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Honestly there's no way to answer your question. There are so many variables that make up how FCP X "feels" on a given machine.

All I can say is that I survived on a 2008 iMac core 2 duo with 4GB ram. It was painful at times, but I survived.

If you're going with that notebook, I'd highly recommend getting a SSD in there and bumping the RAM later if you need to.

Don't expect constant real-time rendering with tons of effects; you just want to be able to edit without the hard drive throwing a fit.
yeah i'm planning to get that. thx. i'll try that.
 

daneoni

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Could you elaborate little more? thanks...i need more information regarding rendering and how long it usually takes to do editing...I don't know much about reading benchmark or whatever.
The early 2011 model supports 16GB of RAM. So get that then upgrade to the biggest Samsung SSD you can afford and you'll have a very decent rig for FCP X. The 2011 Sandy Bridge MBPs are still comparable in performance to the latest MBPs. CPU wise. You get 4 cores and 8 threads. The AMD GPU isn't terrible by any means either and supports Open CL.

Add an SSD+RAM upgrade and you're pretty much set. Do note that the 2011 MBPs generate notable heat though since the chips are built on 32nm and they were the first models to shove a Quad Core CPU iand 40nm GPU in a Unibody enclosure.

I also strongly advice you to get Applecare.
 
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GSPice

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I also strongly advice you to get Applecare.
This is not possible if the 1-year warranty is expired on the macbook.
Seeing as how it's a 2011 macbook, Applecare is probably not available for purchase anymore.
 

GSPice

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I mentioned it carefully because I was just reading where someone bought a "new/unopened/never been used" 2010 mbp.. don't ask me how. :D Supposedly the year-long warranty begins when you open it, so.. :D
 

jclardy

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There are way too many variables - are you editing 4k footage or something off of your iPhone?

To put things in perspective I edit short 1080P videos (From a T2i, so decent bitrate) on my 2012 rMBP 13". It is not perfect, but I was able to do a bit of green screen stuff without too much hassle (And this was six shots masked out and layered on to a background. By the end it was getting quite choppy, but I made it through.) Just basic splicing and sequencing with some color correction is no problem.

I would think the dedicated graphics card would help with the rendering, so if you are doing similar stuff you should be fine.
 

koban4max

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There are way too many variables - are you editing 4k footage or something off of your iPhone?

To put things in perspective I edit short 1080P videos (From a T2i, so decent bitrate) on my 2012 rMBP 13". It is not perfect, but I was able to do a bit of green screen stuff without too much hassle (And this was six shots masked out and layered on to a background. By the end it was getting quite choppy, but I made it through.) Just basic splicing and sequencing with some color correction is no problem.

I would think the dedicated graphics card would help with the rendering, so if you are doing similar stuff you should be fine.
well since late 2011 mbp 15'' 2.2 ghz comes with 3000 type graphic..i wouldn't know if it's still good.
 

Doward

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well since late 2011 mbp 15'' 2.2 ghz comes with 3000 type graphic..i wouldn't know if it's still good.
Depends on how it was configured. My late 2011 17" is a BTO - CPU upgrade, with 1GB HD6770M.

I use FCPX with no issues, 16GB 1600Mhz ram + 1.25TB of SSD.
 

koban4max

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Depends on how it was configured. My late 2011 17" is a BTO - CPU upgrade, with 1GB HD6770M.

I use FCPX with no issues, 16GB 1600Mhz ram + 1.25TB of SSD.
is it possible to upgrade the processor of mbp 2011?
 

Doward

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is it possible to upgrade the processor of mbp 2011?
Yes, it is, but it is *very* likely beyond most's capabilities. The processor is soldered in place - you would need to desolder the old, and have a ball solder array to install the new.
 

koban4max

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Yes, it is, but it is *very* likely beyond most's capabilities. The processor is soldered in place - you would need to desolder the old, and have a ball solder array to install the new.
another word..don't risk it.
 

GSPice

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Yes, it is, but it is *very* likely beyond most's capabilities. The processor is soldered in place - you would need to desolder the old, and have a ball solder array to install the new.
Don't you think that if asked "Is it possible to upgrade the CPU" the better answer is, "no?"

I mean, isn't it clear that this CPU is possible to upgrade:


and this one isn't?


I mean, why don't we just say that the GPU can be upgraded while we're at it? I mean if you have the equipment and experience, upgrading the Iris Pro is totally doable! :D ;)

/rant ;)
 

Doward

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Don't you think that if asked "Is it possible to upgrade the CPU" the better answer is, "no?"

I mean, isn't it clear that this CPU is possible to upgrade:
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and this one isn't?
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I mean, why don't we just say that the GPU can be upgraded while we're at it? I mean if you have the equipment and experience, upgrading the Iris Pro is totally doable! :D ;)

/rant ;)
You can upgrade a BGA1224 Sandy Bridge to a BGA1224 Ivy Bridge, which will yield an HD4000 for internal graphics.

Haswell, on the other hand, is FCBGA1364. So no, you can not upgrade to Iris Pro graphics.

If I could get my hands on a 3820QM, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd upgrade my 2860QM in a heartbeat!

Besides, I'd then have the only 17" Ivy Bridge MBP in existence. No idea if AMD makes a pin compatible GPU higher than the HD6770M.
 

GSPice

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You can upgrade a BGA1224 Sandy Bridge to a BGA1224 Ivy Bridge, which will yield an HD4000 for internal graphics.

Haswell, on the other hand, is FCBGA1364. So no, you can not upgrade to Iris Pro graphics.

If I could get my hands on a 3820QM, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd upgrade my 2860QM in a heartbeat!

Besides, I'd then have the only 17" Ivy Bridge MBP in existence. No idea if AMD makes a pin compatible GPU higher than the HD6770M.
I never said you could upgrade a BGA1224 to a FCBGA1364.
But if you had the right equipment and experience, you could. ;)
 

Doward

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I never said you could upgrade a BGA1224 to a FCBGA1364.
But if you had the right equipment and experience, you could. ;)
No, that's an improbable upgrade. You'd have to design and build your own custom logic board to handle the socket.

Whereas you could cut the epoxy, remove the Sandy Bridge CPU and install an Ivy Bridge CPU of the same package without a bunch of difficulty - just need the right equipment ;)
 

koban4max

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Don't you think that if asked "Is it possible to upgrade the CPU" the better answer is, "no?"

I mean, isn't it clear that this CPU is possible to upgrade:
Image

and this one isn't?
Image

I mean, why don't we just say that the GPU can be upgraded while we're at it? I mean if you have the equipment and experience, upgrading the Iris Pro is totally doable! :D ;)

/rant ;)
it's unfortunate that processor can't be upgraded like MP...
 

petey2133

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I was wonder if it would...before i get it. Thanks.

I have an early 2011 with a 2.0 in it. Has 16gigs ram and uses around 7.5 gigs when I have FCPX, Chrome, and other little things....

I turned off auto render as well, just because i hated the constant labor it was performing. But now that im running more ram, I may turn it back on.
 
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