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  • Sat, Aug 25 2018 7:33 PM

    • Jason NLC
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    NEW SYSTEM QUESTION

    I am looking to possibly purchase a new computer for running AVID.  The one I have has been great, but it's starting to show its age (especially with 4K projects).  Here's what I currently have:

    Mac Pro (Late 2013)

    3 GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5

    64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3

    AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB

    I use AJA IO4K to monitor video and audio (and sometimes go to tape)

    and Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt 2 drives.

    I want to stay with MAC.  Would I notice an improvement is I purchase a imac pro like this:

    Apple 27" iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017)

    • 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W 8-Core
    • 32GB of DDR4 RAM | 1TB SSD
    • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB HBM2)
    • 27" 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K Display
    • UHS-II SDXC Card Reader
    • Thunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0
    I also use Adobe Product like Premiere Pro on occasion.  To get clean renders, I have to put RENDER ENGINE IN SOFTWARE ONLY MODE.  Would this imac pro fix that issue? Thanks! 

     

  • Sun, Aug 26 2018 1:09 AM In reply to

    Re: NEW SYSTEM QUESTION

    I agree about the MP 6,1. It is a headache with any GPU intensive renders, especially in Premiere.

    We have several iMac Pros. So far so good. It's insulting that not even the RAM is serviceable. But we have no choice as we need to migrate away from the 6,1.

    So yes, iMac Pro is a good choice though you are forced to max configure it at the moment of purchase.

    MC 8.6.1, Windows 10, ASROCK X99M, Intel 5930K, Zotac GTX970, 32GB RAM, Transcend 512GB M.2 SSD & Dell U2713H. MBP 2012 Thunderbolt, OSX 10.10.5, MC... [view my complete system specs]
  • Mon, Aug 27 2018 9:27 PM In reply to

    Re: NEW SYSTEM QUESTION

    Or, if you're not in a hurry...wait until Apple's fall product announcement. Perhaps they will be announcing a new MacPro (due in early 2019, if they keep to their previously announced plans).

    Symphony v8.8 | OS 10.11.6 • Nitris DX • 12-core MacPro (Mid 2012) • 36 GB RAM • Facilis Terrablock 24EX [view my complete system specs]

    -- Kevin

  • Wed, Aug 29 2018 2:34 PM In reply to

    • Jason NLC
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    Re: NEW SYSTEM QUESTION

    We went with the follwoing imac pro:
    • 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon W 10-Core
    • 128GB of DDR4 RAM | 1TB SSD
    • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB HBM2)
    • 27" 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K Display
    Hopefully, it will enhance my experience in AVID, Premiere and othe rprograms that I use.  We get it soon, so I can let everyone know. We wanted to wait for the new mac pros, but didn't have time to wait.  I imagine it will be a good value as it comes with a built in display.
  • Wed, Aug 29 2018 3:14 PM In reply to

    • Jason NLC
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    Re: NEW SYSTEM QUESTION

    We talked to Promise and AJA, they both thought that using our exisiting thunderbolt 2 io4k card and promise pegasus drives will be fine with adapters.  They do have thunderbolt 3 versions of the io4k and the drives, but they were not sure if they would really speed things up.

     

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