1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 11, 2011 12:38 PM by Coolmax
Daigohgoh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
ooooh...I really hope this is the right thread.

I'm planning to buy SSD just for rendering iMovie only (60-120GB) on my Optibay. My main HDD I will buy Momentus XT 7200rpm 4GB SSD Hybrid.

My question is...putting in an SSD, will that increase rendering time? There are sometimes 2GB home video movies I shoot in HD and it takes a long time to Export the file in my normal 5400rpm HDD.

But now I've read if I want faster rendering time, it's CPU and RAM (I already have the 8GB of RAM). and GPU or SSD wasn't even a consideration.

I have a MacBook Pro Mid-2009. I don't know how to upgrade the CPU or Graphics Card, but I do know how to upgrade the RAM and HDD.

Please advise if you know if SSD won't make a difference because I thought it was all about the write speeds. But if my bottle neck is the CPU, then I think I'm kinda stuck and I'll just stick to my current configuration of just having 8 GB of RAM.

Thanks in advance!

Macbook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 8GB RAM
  • Coolmax Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
    Daigohgoh wrote:
    ooooh...I really hope this is the right thread.

    I'm planning to buy SSD just for rendering iMovie only (60-120GB) on my Optibay. My main HDD I will buy Momentus XT 7200rpm 4GB SSD Hybrid.

    My question is...putting in an SSD, will that increase rendering time? There are sometimes 2GB home video movies I shoot in HD and it takes a long time to Export the file in my normal 5400rpm HDD.

    But now I've read if I want faster rendering time, it's CPU and RAM (I already have the 8GB of RAM). and GPU or SSD wasn't even a consideration.

    I have a MacBook Pro Mid-2009. I don't know how to upgrade the CPU or Graphics Card, but I do know how to upgrade the RAM and HDD.

    Please advise if you know if SSD won't make a difference because I thought it was all about the write speeds. But if my bottle neck is the CPU, then I think I'm kinda stuck and I'll just stick to my current configuration of just having 8 GB of RAM.

    Thanks in advance!


    Hi,

    I currently have a 500Gb Seagate XT Momentus hybrid drive and while it does help quicken application launching and minor file swaps, it will not improve your rendering time as this is a function of the Mac CPU. There are 2 ways to approach this. Upgrade your Macbook Pro to the latest Sandy Bridge (even the Core i5 on the 13" Pro is fast and provides significant speed boost) or buy an Elgato Turbo 264HD USB dongle which acts as a H.264 render co-processor at the expense of minor quality loss.