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Matthew Zabel
FCPX set up question
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:18:20 pm

Here's the basic question.For final Cut X to run best, which of these 3 aspects is most important: the Graphics card, the RAM, or the VRAM? In this scenario, if only 1 could be optimal (though all acceptable or above standards), which would you choose? Thanks.


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Andy Neil
Re: FCPX set up question
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:32:08 pm

Assuming that your graphic's card is at least compatible with FCPX, I would say that RAM is the most important of those three.

Andy

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James Cude
Re: FCPX set up question
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:22:18 pm

VRAM is the factor that most affects the perceived performance. You need at least 1GB VRAM- anything less and you'll feel it every time you make an edit, render, or export. Then RAM- 8GB at a minimum to keep things moving along smoothly. Less than that and you'll face a lot of beachballs and generally speed hiccups.


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Tim Jones
Re: FCPX set up question
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:23:04 pm

Assuming that you have a capable GPU, RAM should be top priority. You really can't have too much in today's 64bit world.

The difference between 4GB and 8GB is astonishing, From 8GB to 16GB makes you wonder how you got by with anything less, and moving to 32GB allows you to do so much on one system that I don't understand why any system capable of providing it comes with less than 32GB.

The next update should be a multiple-spindle disk array or a striped set of SSDs.

Tim
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Matthew Zabel
Re: FCPX set up question
on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:16:33 pm

thanks for the advice. RAM wins, I guess. Now onto the graphics card question. I'll get the 16GB RAM, and atleast 1GB VRAM, which of these cards should I get for best results on Final Cut X: AMD Radeon HD 6970M or the nvidia Geforce GTX 680MX? I read in this link http://www.larryjordan.biz/improving-fcp-x-performance/
that the radeon's work better fro final cut, but wanted to confirm the veracity of that with you guys.


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