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Samuel Féron
Late 2009 iMac w. 12 GB RAM or early 2011 MBP w. 2.0 i7?
on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:06:51 pm

Hi guys
I'm fed up with having a laptop. And I want more powerful rendering when I edit video. Therefore I want to swap my MBP with a more powerful iMac for video editing in FCPX.
So far I've got a lot of rejects, but not from a certain dude. He's got an early 2009 iMac with a 27" screen, 2,66 GHz i5 CPU, ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB GPU, and 12 GB 1067 MHz DDR 3 RAM!
I've got a i7 2.0 GHz CPU, a Radeon HD 6490M 512 MB GPU and only 4 GB RAM.
Is it a fair deal? Is his more powerful for video editing, or would it be a downgrade, since I've got a newer CPU than him? (despite the clock speed not being faster)
Hope you can help me guys.


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Sascha Engel
Re: Late 2009 iMac w. 12 GB RAM or early 2011 MBP w. 2.0 i7?
on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:20:38 pm

I would not do that. get urself some extra RAM from OWC & connect a nice big external Monitor.
If you have a 5400rpm disc, do your editing with an external disk, that is connected over FW800, e-SATA or thunderbolt.
You have a workhorse at home and you still are mobile for the Road.


Sascha


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Samuel Féron
Re: Late 2009 iMac w. 12 GB RAM or early 2011 MBP w. 2.0 i7?
on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:33:58 pm

Thanks
I've had several people saying that now actually... So I might just do it! Reason I'd want a laptop was because I didn't like the idea of the battery tearing down... What's your opinion on that?
And I might get it from somebody else than OWC since I live in Scandinavia... any suggestions? And by the way, how many RAMs should I buy for beginner-level's video editing?
Thanks


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