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Darren Martin
Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 3, 2017 at 11:42:52 pm

Hi guys, I've recently jumped ship from FCPX and testing out Resolve 14 for i quite like it's workflow. Disclaimer..I haven't been doing this for long so pardon any noob comments i may make! I know there are quite a few threads regarding this topic but i'm just reaching out for some taylored advice to fit my needs.

I am using a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2gb in a 12core 2009 3.33ghz mac pro, OSX is on SSD and using a seperate SSD for cache drive, all my media is on a7200rpm drive. (not sure if thats the best way to do it but it seems having a SSD for the render cache speeds up the render process)

My question is: I use 4k MP4 from my sony A9 and Lumix g85 generally in a 1080p timeline so i have the option to zoom in but it seems like my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 is the bottleneck am i right?

I have seen the page that says to have a 4gb card or more to work with 4k so it seems my GTX680 2gb is slowing me down. Would i not have to optimise media with a faster graphics card and would i be able to not render after every move i make? This is the major thing slowing my workflow down, staring at the little red line, waiting for it to go blue. Even if i move a clip, it has to render again...soooo annoying but maybe i'm not doing things correct.

If i am to get a new video card, what are some recommendations for around $500

Should i get a 4gb card like a GTX 970 or something or should i save a bit more and get a GTX1080ti or Titan
I'm not sure about buying windows versions and flashing them, i'd rather not go down that path as it can't be sure i won't have problems with power etc.

I'd appreciate some help on this topic, thanks :)


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Chris Wright
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 4, 2017 at 1:36:02 am

once you enter 4k, you need at least 8GB VRAM or you'll get gfx buffer errors and resolve will crash on you. try to get a 1070, 1070ti or 1080. they are all in that price range and have at least 8GB VRAM.


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Darren Martin
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 5, 2017 at 3:03:52 am

Ok thanks, the 1080, 1070 etc are really hard to find in Australia for Mac it seems, As soon as a card says Mac pro in the description, its an extra $300 or so dollars.


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Marc Wielage
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 5, 2017 at 5:16:55 am

MacVidCards has a selection of video cards that will fit the older PCI Mac Pros and are guaranteed to work.


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Mike Most
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 5, 2017 at 4:23:07 pm

You don't need a "flashed" card. All you need is the correct Nvidia and CUDA drivers. Any out of the box 1080 or 1080ti will work fine.


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Darren Martin
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Nov 7, 2017 at 4:59:45 am

Oh really, ok thanks. It does seem the 1080ti has some power issues although, i might go the 1080


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C David Miller
Re: Recommended Video Card for around $500
on Dec 28, 2017 at 6:27:49 pm

I put a pair of Radeon Sapphire 7950/3GB cards in my Mac Pro 2010, 12-core Picked them up for under $200 each.. Work Great

Dave

C. David Miller
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