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Rick Lang
Re: AnandTech Mac Pro Review is up
on Jan 3, 2014 at 6:59:50 pm

Kevin Patrick:
"If I understand correctly, it appears they are suggesting that an 8 core model is the best option for FCPX. Turbo mode will provide similar single core performance to the 6 core, while the extra 2 cores will be used up by the latest version of FCPX."

My reading of Anand's findings regarding FCP X 10.1 is that FCP X is still making significant use of the CPU as I believe Walter and others mentioned in other threads with the GPU Only heavily utilized for effects. So that does make the 8-core look like a good choice as a balance of higher CPU frequencies when less cores are in use and yet a reasonable number of threads when needed. Still the 6-core looks like a good value too.

Just wish that 8-core CPU upgrade price was less costly since I am on a budget that will need to incorporate a medium size RAID (Caldigit or Pegasus2) and a 4K monitor (waiting for Apple to drop another shoe as I'm not comfortable with the Sharp implementation on the Mac Pro) and a grading monitor ((Flanders Scientific CM171) and a 4K camera (BMPC4K). Realistically it will take me more than a year to manage all that! I think I must wait and will be able to judge what's best for me after the spring when many people will have posted their own findings and Apple may have their own 4K screen.

Blackmagic Design hasn't updated the Configuration Guide yet for Resolve on the new Mac Pro. I hope they cN get access to several CPU models but the D700s do look like a prudent choice for 4K. Just need to know what they feel about the number of cores.

Rick Lang

iMac 27” 2.8GHz i7 16GB

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