In addition to the proxy and GPU change suggestions, I would also update to 10.0.8. There were a lot of good changes after 10.0.6 and performance was high on the list.
To the GPU update, I've updated all of our Mac Pro systems (4,1 and 5,1) to YoyoMarv's Mac-EFI burned Quadro 4800. Unbelievable price for excellent performance in FCP X (also works well with PP CS6 and CC when the Cuda drivers are installed). Every unit that we ordered has arrived in good condition and worked out of the box. He includes the power leads.
I am afraid of updating from 5 as we once updated a while back, and it totally goofed up all are projects, events and unlinked stuff all over the place. Hence, we now normally finish a production run, all videos and then back them up, and finally update. (which normally takes a few months)
I am looking into the 5770 & the 4800 now. I actually have two of these machines, so am going to try to get a discount on getting 2 cards.
Quick question, having the program on a solid state drive would not do a lot performance wise?
We are working with original quality, however, we use clip wrap to make the original media .mov files, then re-name the .mov's to orginize them a bit, then import to FCPX - I did double check and playback is set to better performance (as opposed to 'high quality')
Alright, so I am in the midst of purchasing a new GFX card and am hoping for some final thoughts before I make a call.
I am debating between the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800. The 4800 is much faster but is $40 more and is a refurb, however the ebay seller is rated 100 w/ 2710.. The 5770 is straight from apple, new @ $250.
Also: the 5770 has 3 displays while the 4800 has only 2 & I do run 3 monitors.. I would leave an extra card in for the third monitor with the 4800. I also dont know if it would help or hurt performance with multiple vs. a single card.
This would be my first ever refurb purchase and I really don't want to waste three bills.
(Thanks T. Payton for the 5770 Suggestion and Tim Jones for the 4800)
The YoyoMarv units aren't really "refurbished". They are flashed with the Mac-compatible EFI firmware. As I mentioned, we've now got 6 of them in our stable and have had zero issues in over a year of buying them.
Based on our tests, you will see higher performance with the Quadro 4800 for 3 reasons - it's faster, offers more cores and has 1.8GB of RAM instead of 1GB on the 5770. We replace 2 5770's with the YoyoMarv cards.
Oh, and the Quadro offers really great framerates in Borderlands 2 :) !
My only remaining concern is that although I have not encountered any issues (noticeably with my current 2 cards), I have heard that running the machine with two GFX cards is bad for the mac OS & will slow things down... Hence I really do want a card with 3 displays..
Updating to 9 made a slight difference (and fixed another issue) but ultimately the new graphics card is the main fix. I ordered the Nvidia 4800 quadro saturday, got it yesterday, installed this morning and BOOM! Hello speed. Much quicker. Ken burns and color matching are scream thru the render process and I am back on track! Thanks for all the advice to everyone!
FYI though, eventually I will install SSD's, just dont have the time right now to reinstall all my programs.