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Carlos Almonte
Optimal Graphics Card configuration to also work with FCP X
on Dec 2, 2012 at 7:53:42 pm

Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card to accelerate CS 6 as well as FCP X. CS 6 seems to only like Nvidia cards that support CUDA, and FCP seems to benefit best from the 5870.

Does anyone out there have a machine that's running CS 6 and FCP X and benchmarked a card that works great for both?

My machine:
Early 2009 Mac Pro
32 GB RAM
512 GB SSD Mountain Lion Boot Drive
9TB Internal RAID array
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 (x2)


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Optimal Graphics Card configuration to also work with FCP X
on Dec 3, 2012 at 6:24:55 pm

> CS 6 seems to only like Nvidia cards that support CUDA


There is only one feature for which that is true: GPU acceleration of the ray-traced 3D renderer.

details:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2012/05/gpu-cuda-opengl-features-in-aft...

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James Coleman
Re: Optimal Graphics Card configuration to also work with FCP X
on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:09:45 pm

Carlos,
Any answer to your question? I too want to set up a Mac Pro (early 2008). I want to add 1 internal drive for Adobe Premiere and 1 internal drive for FCP X.
Do they both need OS Mt. Lion?
Can they both use the same graphics card as you ask? Currently I have NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT installed. I can add the Quadro 4000??
What about legacy productions edited on FCP 6.06 will they open on a new graphics card and in OS Mt. Lion?? For example, I was just asked to do a re-edit on a past production edited in FCP 6.06.

Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

Peace, Huey


Mac Pro early 2008
Mac OS X 10.5.8
Processor 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory 10 GB


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