1 Reply Latest reply: Apr 21, 2012 3:29 AM by woodmeister50
Ai-Max Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This was discussd here and there last year but here we are again.  We left this subject with the following collective thoughts with some varations and name callings :

 

- MacMini is OK to run FCPX when maxed out with RAM and editing are done in Proxy.

- MacMini quad server has advantages over the standard MacMini but the GPU ( if there is such thing in MacMini ) is not really up to the task.

- The bottle neck is the GPU and the slow drives generally.

 

A year has passed and manu vendors are displaying thunderbolt boxes in ranges that could take an express card to all the way up to Two PCIe2 cards and FibreChannels and 10GB ethernetcards .... . Any of thesee boxes could help the MacMini to rise to the battle for FCPX performance ?

 

Is it possible to put a high-end PC video card in Sonnet thunderbolt box and get a real GPU out of the combo for example ?


Mac Pro Quad 2.6, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Mac Classic II , PB 180C , ..., iMac G5
  • woodmeister50 Level 5 Level 5 (4,030 points)

    Ai-Max wrote:

     

    Is it possible to put a high-end PC video card in Sonnet thunderbolt box and get a real GPU out of the combo for example ?

    The current situation is that if one sets up a Mini to

    boot into Bootcamp with Win7 that pretty much any

    PCI-E card will be plug and play as if it were an

    internal PCI-E bus on a PC.

     

    However, the way that OSX has been set up to utilize

    Thunderbolt devices, the vendor of the card must create

    a "Thunderbolt aware" driver for the card to be used in

    OSX.  Not sure if any video card vendors at this point

    have created modified OSX drivers.