Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to dapacarter)
What do you mean by "the iMacs are simply not powerful enough"?
Pretty well everyone on this forum is using an iMac or a MacBookPro which is somewhat similar in power, together with thousands of other editors worldwide.
If you are waiting for new MacPros I wouldn't hold my breath.
They may or may not come ........... Apple no longer has any incentive to make them as they are commercially unviable.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 7:57 AM (in response to dapacarter)
Your characterization that "iMacs are simply not powerful enough" is not accurate. You can customize the iMac to be very powerful if you want to spend the money.
Get amazing performance from the quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, which features four processor cores on a single chip. Choose the speed and processor you want.
More memory (RAM) increases performance and enables your computer to perform faster and better. Choose additional 1600MHz DDR3 memory for your iMac.
Configure your iMac with a large Serial ATA hard drive. Or choose flash storage for greater performance. Or get the best of both worlds and select Fusion Drive.
Your iMac features next-generation NVIDIA graphics based on the Kepler architecture. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX with 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory comes standard for superior graphics performance. For even better graphics response, configure your iMac with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory.
In fact I'm using a late 2007 model iMac and it seems to work fine with FCPX.
See here for specifications. http://support.apple.com/kb/SP624
IMHO buy the best equipment you can afford rather than waiting for some undetermined time for a product update that may or may not come. And, I'd stay away from the Frankentosh. You may end up spending a lot of time and money not to mention frustration using one of those machines.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 8:13 AM (in response to dapacarter)
Just to add that if you're looking for advice on the optimal specs to build your "hackintosh", I imagine that Apple wouldn't look kindly on hosting such a discussion on these boards.
Ian, not that I know anything about anything, but I'm optimistic.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2013 1:46 AM (in response to Russ H)
iMacs are great, but they're GPUs are a bit on the low end for serious Motion work. But they do function quite well. Get at least 16GB RAM, and the highest end GPU available for that model.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2013 2:31 AM (in response to dapacarter)
Well, in fact you currently have only two options, either a MacBookPro or iMac. You can max up the specs for both, if you wish to do so. That's easy. Your additional hardware and workflow will determine the rest.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to Hisham)
There is the Mac Pro option, but we expect to hear about an updated one at WWDC 2013, probably in June.
That said, the current Mac Pros are a viable alternative. My Early 2008 MP with a Radeon HD 5870 outperforms my brand new maxed out rMBP and my studio's brand new maxed out iMac when editing REDCODE RAW natively. It will be upgraded to the Sapphire 7950 next week and given even more of a horsepower boost.
For the most powerful Mac available, you can not out perorm the high end GPUs available in MPs.
If one were able to wait another 3-4 months for WWDC 2013, that would be my recommendation.