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Chris Heuer
Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21:59 pm

Hello. I am trying to decide whether or not to upgrade from CS5 to CS6.

I have an 8 core 1st Generation Mac Pro with an ATI Radeon 1900 Graphics card and 16 gigs of RAM. I can't upgrade to any of the cards that Adobe lists on their support page as "Approved" for CS6's GPU enhancements.

Will CS6 run at a reasonable pace or is the software getting too GPU-centric for older systems (in other words, would it be slower on a system like mine?).

Thanks in advance for any insight!

Chris

Chris Heuer
Freefall FX, LLC


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 2:58:33 pm

Other than the extreme slow speed, you may face a more fundamental problem: your Mac's operating system. AE CS6 may not even run on it. You would have to check that before even considering an installation.

Dave LaRonde
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Chris Heuer
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:11:40 pm

Ahhh. I did fail to add, I am running Snow Leopard. I think I can go as far as Lion but from what I understand Mountain Lion is not possible.

C

Chris Heuer
Freefall FX, LLC


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Brian Charles
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:20:34 pm

I'm running CS6 on Snow Leopard, no issues at all. You can download a trial version from Adobe to test performance on your machine.



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Chris Heuer
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:25:57 pm

Good point! I always forget about that. Thanks for the input. I have been getting bummed with my hardware limitations. I hope the Mac Pro update in mid 2013 is significant... and maybe a little early.


Chris

Chris Heuer
Freefall FX, LLC


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Walter Soyka
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Oct 31, 2012 at 6:05:44 pm

A 2006 Mac Pro would get smoked by a modern MBP or iMac...

But if you can in fact run CS6, the Global Performance Cache could be a huge performance increase for you. As always, max out the RAM in your system and get a fast SSD for the cache for the best performance.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Nevin Styre
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:59:50 am

Worth trying, you can do the 30 day free trial.

At work I run CS6 on a mac pro 2,1, 10gb ram, with the same video card. I definitely get better render times on my own PC and my macbook pro but a lot of work gets done on the mac pro still, mostly working in 720p and standard def using much of the production suite. I usually do advanced AE comps at home or on my macbook if it is complex and/or needs raytracing or element 3d.


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Chris Heuer
Re: Is it worth running CS6 on 1st Gen MAc Pro?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:07:03 pm

Thanks for that info. Element 3D was one of the other plug-ins I was pretty sure would suffer on this system. I had a little hope the Radeon card would work with it but was pretty sure it wouldn't.

Chris

Chris Heuer
Freefall FX, LLC


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