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Ted Joyce
best mac for Kona
on Aug 30, 2010 at 11:59:07 pm

I'm buying a Mac for a 2nd Final Cut pro/Kona edit system. I work 90% in Final cut & some time in Motion on long form multi-camera HD projects. Does this seem optimal?

Kona LHI card & Final Cut Studio

New Mac:
One 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere”
8GB (4x2GB)1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB

Is the ATI 5870 Radeon OK with Kona LHi card?



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Bob Zelin
Re: best mac for Kona
on Aug 31, 2010 at 2:35:46 am

this will work just fine (and be outdated in 2 - 3 years).

Bob Zelin



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Fred Connors Jr.
Re: best mac for Kona
on Aug 31, 2010 at 1:18:20 pm

Hi Bob

Have you installed any of the 12 core machines with Kona-3 and Atto-R380 cards? Any driver issues?

Thanks

Fred

The Troupe - Modern Media Design & Production


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Bob Zelin
Re: best mac for Kona
on Aug 31, 2010 at 11:39:38 pm

I am installing one RIGHT NOW as we type here. I will let you know. I doubt there will be any issues as this is really the same damn computer as the previous generation with more processors in it. The slots, the OS, the chipsets have not changed.

Bob



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John Davidson
Re: best mac for Kona
on Sep 1, 2010 at 12:34:15 am

According to the engineers an Enhance (as of last week), the ATTO R380 does not work well with Western Digital 2Tb drives Something about the intel chipset not getting along well with the card. Go with Hitachi perhaps, or get the Areca card. Just put together my system on a 12 core and it's great. The Kona 3 is very happy.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: best mac for Kona
on Sep 1, 2010 at 12:25:31 pm

How's the 12 core pow pow power?

Any difference?


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John Davidson
Re: best mac for Kona
on Sep 1, 2010 at 6:37:34 pm

Coming from an octo 2.8 Harpertown, I'd been running into some annoyingly long wait times in After Effects, so I decided to just go a little nuts and get 64 gigs of RAM, 2.93 12 core, and a 512 SSD for the OS. Final Cut is certainly more robust. I'd noticed for the last year or so that working in HD I'd have a slight video delay when playing back on my monitor for clients - that's gone. The real bump comes in CS5 though. After Effects ram previous are ridiculously fast now. The SSD is snappy. The best news is, Aperture actually sort of works.

I can't wait for 64bit Final Cut Studio. Who knows when that'll ever happen though - unless the find a way to put it on a phone.


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Fred Connors Jr.
Re: best mac for Kona
on Sep 2, 2010 at 1:15:22 pm

How are you getting 64GB of ram in there...

Who is making 8GB DDR3-1333 PC3 DIMMS?

Thanks

Fred

The Troupe - Modern Media Design & Production


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Fred Connors Jr.
Re: best mac for Kona
on Sep 2, 2010 at 1:44:46 pm

Never mind

OWC is selling 8GB DIMMs

A bit pricey.

The Troupe - Modern Media Design & Production


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