I'm on the fence to get a new MacBook Pro or go the extra mile and get a Mac Pro.
Just wanted to see if anyone has any benchmarks with the Mac Pro and vegas.
I'm looking to add 4k this year and would like to get as close to full preview as possible.
[Jay Allen]"I'm looking to add 4k this year and would like to get as close to full preview as possible."
I don't believe that Vegas Pro will be able to take advantage of the Dual GPU's in the new Mac Pro. That would be a real waste of money since they are not cheap and add considerable to the price. In fact, Vegas Pro can't really take advantage of any GPU that's newer than an NVDIA Fermi card (GTX 400, 500 Series) or ATI Radeon HD 5000, 6000 series.
Here is the only comparison I can give you:
I have a fairly new 2012 Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-core/12-thread, with 16GB memory, and a Quadro 4000 GPU. I also have a 2008 Mac Pro Xeon E5462 2.8Ghz 8-core/8-thread, with 16GB memory, and an ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU.
My old 2008 Mac Pro renders faster than my new 2012 Core i7! How can that be? Vegas Pro simply isn't taking advantage of all of my hardware. During a render it's using 30% CPU and maybe 40% GPU. Why? I don't know but I do know that buying more hardware for Vegas Pro would be a waste of money which is why I haven't upgraded to a new Mac Pro yet.
So you are correct in making your post. I too would love to know how Vegas Pro performs on a new Mac Pro compared to my old one.
[Jay Allen]"I just read that apple is no longer supporting windows 7 on the new Mac Pro. They will only support windows 8......bummer"
Yea, I'm using Windows 7 Pro with my 2008 Mac Pro because it doesn't support Windows 8. I didn't realize the new ones don't support Windows 7. Windows 8.1 has improvements that allow you to boot into the desktop and almost forget about the Metro interface although it does throw you into it from time to time like if you want to read an Adobe PDF file. It's not as productive as Windows 7 though unless you add a 3rd party start menu.
Just wanted to jump in since I picked up my new Mac Pro a few weeks back. First, installing 8.1 via bootcamp went without a hitch. I've installed bootcamp on numerous systems and had little glitches along the way. This was BY FAR the most trouble free install yet. Second, W81 isn't all that different from 7... Right click on the windows (start) icon and it's pretty much like the old days. I'm actually liking a few of the new features! Third, Vegas 13 has been pretty rock solid for me. John, you helped me with some rendering issues that I needed for AXS, this machine is KILLING IT!! I chose the 6 core model and bumped up to 32 gigs of ram. I stuck with the 256 SSD, and am using G Tech thunderbolt drives. Everything is working super smooth for me. I'd hate to see what would happen if Sony took this native.
From what I understand, I don't think it takes advantage of both, but I could be wrong. For me, I'm using HUGE ProRes files (about 50GB) each and i can't get Vegas to blink using Best/Full preview. scrubbing on the timeline is flawless, render times are great and I can practically put this thing in my pocket PLUS I can use it for all my music apps like Logic/ProTools and such. Super happy. Just need Sony to wake up and smell the coffee. I have 10 people that would convert on the spot but refuse to run Windows.
[John Halterman]"From what I understand, I don't think it takes advantage of both, but I could be wrong."
I'm really struggling with what to do. I'm trying to decide if I should go with a new 8-core or old 12-core. I can get a used 12-core 2010 Mac Pro on eBay for 1/2 the price of a new 8-core and the Geekbench scores are just as good but this doesn't measure the GPU (and there are 2 of them). I'm really interested in how much better the D500/D700 GPU's are than the Radeon HD 5870 that come with the older Mac Pros. This could be the deciding factor for me.
[John Halterman]"I have 10 people that would convert on the spot but refuse to run Windows."
Yea, I would never go back to Windows if you paid me. I only use it for Vegas Pro editing these days.