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Joe Marler
Re: Apple and Thunderbolt 3
on Apr 25, 2016 at 11:26:03 pm

[Oliver Peters] "AMD showed some really nice GPU cards at NAB that are only PC-compatible for now. If you have an old tower, Sapphire 7950 is about as good as you can go with a "blessed" AMD card. You get a high-end Nvidia (that's what they edited with on "Gone Girl") or a flashed Nvidia gaming card. Expansion chassis don't really help you much for editing if you have a nMP. So a lot of us are stuck."

Back in 2012 when the nMP was designed, Apple may have not foreseen how rapidly 4K would proliferate in post and the huge jump in GPU performance from moving to 14/16 nm fabrication this year.

Usually both CPU and GPUs only increase at 10-15% per generation. If Apple planned around that and the nMP as released had excellent performance on a mostly HD workflow, then you could see (from the 2012 design perspective) maybe 5-6 years is OK and customers will just replace it.

The problem is 4K (esp H264) is very common and Premiere can struggle with this. Unexpectedly AMD and nVidia are releasing 14/16 nanometer GPUs which promise up to 250% performance increase. People on the nMP are sort of stuck. It does OK on FCPX but not everybody runs that. Does Apple want to limit nMP hardware sales to people running FCPX? I doubt it.

It appears that major performance improvements in Premiere, AE and Photoshop are at hand from Adobe using Metal, so that might help soften the blow for those on the nMP. However it will be very interesting to see if Apple modifies their "sealed box" philosophy when the updated nMP is released.

You can sort of write off an iMac and replace it more frequently but a Mac Pro is more expensive and the repercussions of a non-upgradeable design are more severe.


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