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David Baud
Mac Pro 4,1 Resolve system setup
on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:37:29 pm

I am looking for recommendation for setting up a Resolve system on a Mac Pro.

I have got a MacPro 4,1 (early 2009) system with the original ATI radeon HD 4870 graphic card driving two HP LP2475w monitors.
I understand this card is not compatible with Resolve.

I am thinking to get an nVidia GTX-570 for GPU, but I am not sure what kind of graphic cards to get for GUI.
Does the GTX-570 requires a double-width PCI slot? if it is the case then my GUI graphics card needs to be a regular width PCI slot... that means the ATI radeon HD 5770 wouldn't work, right?

What are my options for graphics cards configuration on this Mac Pro?

Thank you in advance for your feedback,

David Baud
Editor & VFX
KOSMOS PRODUCTIONS
Denver - Paris
http://www.kosmos-productions.com



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Sascha Haber
Re: Mac Pro 4,1 Resolve system setup
on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:25:01 am

Today the best internal solution is a GTX 470 or any card with two six power plugs.
Thats what you get natively and then you want to add a GT120 or if you find the funds a Quadro4000 and use one 6 to 2x6 Y cable.
Power is not a problem, neither is space.
And as a general rule, stay away from ATI :)

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David Baud
Re: Mac Pro 4,1 Resolve system setup
on Jul 10, 2012 at 4:19:13 pm

Thanks Sascha for your reply.

So I guess the GTX-570 will work as well (two 6-pin power connectors).
In my case I don't think the GT-120 will work: I need to feed two monitors with DVI or display ports at a minimum of 1920x1200 resolutions. The GT-120 seems to have one VGA and one DVI ports only.

Unfortunately the Quadro 4000 is out of my budget.

How about the idea to run Resolve (GPU and GUI) from the same card, a GTX-470 or GTX-570? what are the pros and cons?

I am also using the same system to run FCP, FCP-X and Adobe Suite: any other issues I should be aware of?

Finally why do you say to stay away from ATI cards? Resolve documentation has listed the ATI 5770 as one of the recommended graphics cards? what is your experience?

Thanks,

David Baud
Editor & VFX
KOSMOS PRODUCTIONS
Denver - Paris
http://www.kosmos-productions.com



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Sascha Haber
Re: Mac Pro 4,1 Resolve system setup
on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:18:20 am

You can not run Resolve (8) in a satisfactory way on one card only.
Its ok to render and make changes, not to work.
Ati, well...to much bad experiences...not so much on Apple, besides the fact they dont do CUDA.
You should think about a serious investment if you wanna do serious work.
But if Adobe, Smoke, Scratch, FCP and so on are your main thing, you might be able to live with Resolve being slow.

A slice of color...

DaVinci 8.2.1 OSX 10.7.2
MacPro 5.1 2x2,4 24GB
RAID0 8TB
GTX 470 / Quadro 4000
Extreme 3D+

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http://www.icolorist.com/Sascha.html


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