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Tom LaughlinThe best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:15:18 pm

So, I've decided against the new mac pro, the darth vader helmets, and wanted to get a few more opinions before I purchased this other Mac Pro. The guy whom I'm purchasing the Mac from, inidcated that the Mac Pro from 2010, 2011, and 2012, are all basically the same machines, not a ton was changed on these models, at all and they're virtually identical.

Here are the specs, in hopes to keep this machine running for next 5 years of editing:

MAKE: Mac Pro 2010, or 2011
OS: 10.8.5 or 10.9
CORES: It's a dual "6 - core", so it's got 12 cores, which are "multi-threaded" to run like a 24-core mac
CPU: 3.33 GHz Processor
RAM: 64 GB (OWC) - fast enough?
Storage: 6TB (Seagate)
SSD: 250GB (Samsung)
GPU: Quadro 4000 graphics card - will this be soon become unsupported by newer versions of Premiere?
WARRANTY: Life-time warranty, mac specialists comes to house, fixes or replaces anything.

TOTAL: $2,500.00

I plan on running Premiere v9 on it, and eventual OS El Capitan. But for first few months, I'll probably stick to Premiere 8.2, and be running OS 10.8.5, as I've seen quite a few post houses still running in this configuration, of OS and version of Premiere.

My goal is to not have to upgrade for the next few years, and from what the Mac Builder is saying, with speed tests, he has seen this and other custom-built Macs, perform WAY faster (2x and 3x) faster than some of the new black mac pros, any final thoughts or concerns from you all?

Your input would be a great help before I purchase.

- Tom

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.digitalchophouse.com


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Tom LaughlinRe: The best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 15, 2015 at 4:54:07 pm

Walter, and anyone? Would love to hear what anyone has to say...

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.digitalchophouse.com


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Rich RubaschRe: The best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 15, 2015 at 6:46:50 pm

We have gone with the Nvidia GTX 680 cards in all our towers and it really pumps thru everything we can throw at it. We had the 4000 card in our graphics mac but the GTX 680 is much faster.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Tom LaughlinRe: The best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 16, 2015 at 6:56:00 pm
Last Edited By Tom Laughlin on Dec 16, 2015 at 6:56:42 pm

Found this article very informative, and shocking, and encouraging!

"Why the Mac Pro 5,1 is the best system for Creative Professionals: Internal expand-ability and unparalleled workstation customization.. CUDA, wide variety of Nvidia and AMD GPU options, numerous flash and SSD storage options & pure CPU power: Why the Mac Pro 5,1 is the creative professional’s choice"

http://create.pro/blog/mac-pro-51-best-system-creative-professionals-intern...

Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.digitalchophouse.com


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RJ MilesRe: The best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 21, 2015 at 1:27:06 am

Tom...

Here is my set up...

Mac Pro (2011 build) 3.46GHz X5690 12 core Processors
OS X 10.10.5
512GB Crucial SSD (OS and APPs)
GTX 980 Ti (not Mac EFI flashed)
(4) screens
-Dell u2711 (2560x1440)
-Dell u2711 (2560x1440)
-ViewSonic VP2780 4K (1080P)
-Dell 2408 (1080P)

Atto R680 SAS RAID controller
8 Bay SAS (non expander) enclosure
8x Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSDs in RAID0

Sonnet Tempo Due (2x) 5G USB 3.0 + (2x) 6G eSATA
4 Bay Icy Dock Cube 6G eSATA
2 Bay Mobius Enclosure USB 3.0, 6G eSATA, FW800

I am running Premiere Pro CC 2015 and editing 4K projects. The set up can handle 3-4 streams of H264 or XAVC in the timeline. Converting the H264 and XAVC source to a 4K ProRes format greatly expands the number of 4K streams we can run in the edit timeline.

While this system costs a little more than your rig, it gives you an idea of what options you might chose to support further expansion and performance boosts down the road.

Cheers and good luck with your new rig.



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Tom LaughlinRe: The best bang for buck? Mac Pro for Premiere Pro - opinions please
by on Dec 22, 2015 at 6:56:45 pm



Tom Laughlin
Producer/Editor
Digital Chop House
Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.digitalchophouse.com


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