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Bryan Roberts
GTX780 to GTX 980 in Mac Pro Tower - worth the upgrade for real time performance cutting 4k-8k R3D?
on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:49:51 pm

Hi all,

I've been holding out for the second generation of the Mac Pro trashcan... which now seems like forever and I'm sure many of you are like me and wonder if it's ever going to happen. My 2009 Mac Pro 2.93 Octo with 32GB ram and a GTX780 have been still putting along quite well however, I just had my first commercial delivered to me in f'n 8k R3D files. It seems like the most powerful video card that will work in a Mac Pro tower for increased Premiere performance is the GTX980 (barring the Titan which I've heard is overkill in any older Mac Pro tower vs the 980). Does anyone have experience running a GTX980 in their old Mac Pro tower and how is the performance in Premiere? Worth the upgrade over a GTX780? The specs don't look like THAT big of an upgrade.

BTW funny story and also what reminded me to wait for a new Mac Pro trashcan or go PC. I was cutting a commercial in LA last week (I'm no longer an LA local unfortunately). So they flew me out and rented an edit system. It was a Mac Pro trashcan (I didn't even check the specs) with a thunderbolt Graid. It was primarily 5K R3D files. That system was struggling with real time performance playing back cuts in my timeline (it was set to OpenCL). I thought when I get home, my 2009 system was going to completely choke. Not the case. I used the same drive but now plugged in via usb3 and The GTX780 did a MUCH better job when I switched Premiere over to CUDA - it handled the 5K R3D files with aplomb compared to the Mac Pro trash can I was using. Just another reminder NOT to blow a big chunk of change on a 4 year old system which apple is STILL charging full price for.

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andy patterson
Re: GTX780 to GTX 980 in Mac Pro Tower - worth the upgrade for real time performance cutting 4k-8k R3D?
on Feb 18, 2017 at 4:31:33 pm

https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/335/93553

The link above might help. A GTX 780 to GTX 980 should help a little but a 1080 would be better. Having said that a new PC might be your best option. Think video below might be worth watching.







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Warren Eig
Re: GTX780 to GTX 980 in Mac Pro Tower - worth the upgrade for real time performance cutting 4k-8k R3D?
on Feb 18, 2017 at 6:02:49 pm

Too bad you're not in LA anymore, it would have been cool to test. I have a 2012 12 Core Mac Pro Tower with 64 GB Ram and a Titan X with 12GB VRam. Would have been a good benchmark.

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