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Stephen Smith
Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 12, 2019 at 4:01:13 am

I would love some advice on how to best customize a Mac Pro. It will be for After Effects, Premiere and occasionally DaVinci Resolve for color grading. But mostly After Effects. It will be for projects 5 minutes or less. We will deliver in 4K.

I'm looking at getting the Mac Pro. First off, I was planning on purchasing the extra RAM from a 3rd party like https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/owc/apple-mac-pro/2019 OWC since it is way cheaper.

Where should I put my extra money? I was thinking:

-12 Core
-32GB RAM ( but upgraded to 48 or 96?)
-Radeon Pro Vega 2 with 32GB of HBM2 Memory

Should I downgrade any of those options to the base option and put the money upgrading something else?

Stephen Smith

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Walter Soyka
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 12, 2019 at 7:43:51 pm

I think you're on the right track. After Effects loves RAM, so I'd get as much as you can afford.

Walter Soyka
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Stephen Smith
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 13, 2019 at 1:43:16 am

I've read contradicting articles one saying After Effects doesn't even use the Graphics Card if you don't use the ray trace. Is the graphics card that important?

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Walter Soyka
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 13, 2019 at 1:52:31 am

Ae has been moving more and more processing onto the GPU with each release since the middle of 2016. Development is somewhat slow-going. There's still a mix of CPU and GPU in the pipeline, so the amount of performance improvement you see totally depends on your workload.

I don't think you'll see a massive difference now, but hopefully someday!

Of course, Premiere (to an extent) and Resolve (even more so) can exploit a powerful GPU.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Eric Santiago
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:02:07 am

Check OWC for RAM upgrades.
The Apple tax is just a bit much for me.
I too am on the fence with the base config option.
I was going to wait for the W5700X option but I think it's out of my budget range.
Def will get that Pegasus 8TB enclosure.
My day job is AE and Maya.
I use an HP Z240 with an 8GB Nvidia card for Maya.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
on Dec 17, 2019 at 3:47:25 am

I pulled the trigger and made the purchase. I did go with the OWC RAM and saved a lot of money. Now I have to figure out how to install the RAM :-)

Stephen Smith

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