Have been running MC v8.4.1 on a late 2014 5K iMac 4.0Ghz i7 w/32GB RAM & the AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4G graphic card. Am now migrating this computer to someone else in the office and plan to run MC v8.5 on a late 2015 5K iMac 4.0Ghz i7 w/32GB RAM & the AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4G graphic card. My question: Is there enough MC performance advantage from uping the RAM to 64GB to justify the $600+ it would cost? I know more RAM would allow me to have more things open, speed up everyday tasks, etc...but wondering if it's worth the cost strictly from an editing point of view?
[Jeff Cue]" Is there enough MC performance advantage from uping the RAM to 64GB to justify the $600+ it would cost?"
Nope. Avid doesn't access, nor need that much RAM to do what it does. Because it works with compressed media, not RAW media. Something like Adobe will eat and require lots of RAM. But Avid isn't designed to do that. Even if you AMA link and want to work with the AMA linked media...more RAM won't help because Avid won't really access and use that much to deal with the raw..because it's not designed to really deal with RAW.
ANYWAY...no, there'll be no noticeable bump in performance. It will allow you to open more apps at once...