I'm about to upgrade my five year old Mac Pro Quad core 3.0 I use for video production editing. Its been a solid machine but I'm finding I'm getting bogged down in rendering graphics and compressing Mpeg 4s. I've got two options a 2.4 12 core
(August 2012) or a 2.93 8 core (2009 vintage). The price difference is about $500. Do you think the 12 core is the best choice? I'm assuming I'll also get all the needed RAM and a new Samsung SSD 840 pro to jolt my productivity.
My aging work machine is an Apple mac pro "octo core": It uses two, 3GHZ quad-core Intel Xeons. It was supersonic when all I did was SD resolution. It does okay with HD, within limits today, but HD output renders are long on the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 GPU, running 1536 MB of V-RAM.
At home, I run the last version of the iMac that still had a built-inn optical media slot, just before the current model. It has thunderbolt, which I will use when I save up enough for a t-bolt RAID. That's waiting for a client that would make the Purchase worthwhile. This is the machine I suggest to people on a budget who still want to rock FCP-7 "old-school". It should also work fine for FCPX and Premiere when you decide to make the jump.