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Dan Manatt
Motion & new Mac Pros
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:31:12 am

Is it worth it to get a new Mac Pro? I produce mostly 30 sec spots in Motion, which is ram and gpu intensive, right? Only uses 1 core at a time? Or should I hedge on Motion 5 going multiple core - my firm can prob afford it, but don\\\\\\\'t want to piss $$$ away - already have an octocore, but they only help in compressor - right? Or am I woefully misinformed?


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Mark Petereit
Re: Motion & new Mac Pros
on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:07:39 pm

If you're already running an 8-core, I don't think you're going to see much of an improvement with 12 for exactly the reasons you state.

Let's hope the next version of FCS is fully multi-core.


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Dan Manatt
Re: Motion & new Mac Pros
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:42:25 pm

So that said, would this configuration make sense for an additional Mac Pro for Motion?:

Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” (8 cores)
16GB (8x2GB)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
...$1k less than the base 12core, but still get the 64 bit kernel


… and I assume get the new card for my current machine:

2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz
L2 Cache (per processor): 12 MB
Memory: 14 GB
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT


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Mark Petereit
Re: Motion & new Mac Pros
on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:43:31 pm

Well, if you're going to buy another machine anyway, I'd say go ahead and get a 12-core. Because then you're sitting pretty if/when the next version of Motion is fully multi-core capable, you'll have those additional 4 cores available to your QCluster until then, and you'll be investing in current-version technology instead of being one version behind from day one.


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