Yes that was a gift from Apple for those of us using 2009-2012 Mac Pro models. Mojave and FCPX 10.14.7 are a huge improvement in performance.
Quick question for everyone. I am planning to build a new Hackintosh. For best editing in a 4K workflow with FCP X. Would sticking with the two current 7850 be good or would any of you upgrade to two RX560s? I could also go with a single 7950 GPU, if that would be the better bet?
I mostly shoot with my iPhone at 4k. So, I don't necessarily need the faster most powerful GPUs.
Thank you for any help.
On a X58A Hackintosh(Custom Mac) with two 7850 GPUs. The machine can export Bruce X in a whooping 16.5 Seconds.
Considering, how small the investment was in this machine. I couldn't have asked for better performance.
Looks like any decent AMD GPUs will do a phenomenal job of rendering in FCPX and Motion.
Okay, the findings are quite perplexing. I ran the BruceX 5k test several times and took the average to reduce minor errors.
R9-270X = 34 seconds.
R9-270X + 7950 = 34 seconds.
R9-270X + 6450/5450 = 34 seconds.
R9-279X + GTX760 = 34 seconds.
Either a) The SSD/HDD combo is holding up the rendering or b) Two exact cards are needed for faster rendering.
I will add that with R9-270X + 7950 or GTX760 combo the playback of 4k QT files was seamless with any effects I put on the clip. With the R9-270X alone or 6450/5450 combo playback of the same file would hang or just simply not play.
Hope anyone looking for this kind of info get something out of this post.
I seriously doubt it. But you will at least get the Apple Boot Screen. Congrats on the new card and thanks for sharing.
Hello, I have just updated a clients machine with an R9-270X. Wow what a difference that made. Bruce-X, now completes in 36 seconds. Down from over a minute with a GTX card. FCPX, is super responsive now and doesn't hang from time to time like it did with a GTX card. Maybe, Apple intentionally is making AMD the better choice for FCPX?
i7-3770K O'Clocked to 4.2Ghz.
32GB of RAM
BTW, I am writing the file from a 2TB HDD to a 120GB SSD.
I would really like to know if anyone has run FCPX with dual cards that don't match? Here's what I mean. Another client has a GTX760 4GB card and wants me to put a GTX760 2GB model in as well. Just looking to see if anyone has done anything similar. This is also important as the R9-270X does come in 4GB models. The client I just upgraded may upgrade to a second card in the near future as his next project will be shoot on R3D and Black Magic cameras.
Thank you to all that have posted. This has been an amazing resource.
Thank you for these updates.
How much better is the new machine BTW?
I agree with Ben B. What is your future aspirations? If you know your going to be doing 4K RAW and beyond then build for that.
Just an FYI, I recently built a machine similar to that older Mac Pro. It can handle 4K but it isn't as fluid as a modern day Intel chipset(like a new Mac Pro, iMac, etc...).
We are using a Thunderbolt monitor with a MBP. If that won't work for you then try the Asus 27" 2560X1440 display. It works with HDMI and Display port. Oh, and lastly I use a LG super wide (21X9) 25" display. Those are all wonderful displays to use with as a secondary or primary monitor with a MBP.
Hope this helps.
If the client is only using FCPX and Motion 5, then two 5770's would be the best bang for the buck. Try to find them a second single slot card for best results.
If you can take the iMac with you they have carrying cases for it.
I know a few people that take iMacs on the road.
Can you work with Proxies on that 13" Macbook Pro?
I had one of those. I do miss it for the size as far as a little editing machine.
I upgraded the two internal HDDs to SSDs. It made the machine boot up way fast, apps came up quickly, all the benefits of an SSD. But, I never was able to store a lot of files on the internals of the machine. So, if your okay keeping those 1TB drives I would say do that.
Just my .02.