a) this is a support forum - nobody posts here "all fine!"
you can get here the impression, all products are faulty .....
b) no probs in my small habitat, and I never heard of 'Kernal panics' in context of M5 ......
c) your device is powered enough for most tasks; if you plan to handle 90min with 123 layers of motions & effects ... you shouldn't use M5
This is a question to BillPTN or anyone else using the 21" imac with 2.7 ghz and fusion drive.
Does the fusion drive make a big difference to your machines? Is this chip sufficient? I think this level should be fine for me but I can't find any reviews or comments from owners on how this combination performs.
I am just about to order the base 21" imac with the 2.7 ghz processor, fusion drive and 16 gb ram. However, I am panicking that I am out specing the base model.
Sorry i am new here and have been searching for an answer before.
Fusion drive is not going to make that much of a differace over a SDD. As for th e 21" iMac, it will struggle to run Motion 5. Maybe if you have only two or three simple items in Motions cavans to work will you may get by. As for ram, Motion will eat all of the 16 MB... (It does on mine.)
If you can, go to an Apple Store and test Montion on one of their demos.
Here my iMac's specs:
3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x4GB
2TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5
Motion runs great on it... But, if you load a ton of stuff into Motion it boggs down. Motion will crash when it boggs down. (That's why I'm switching to Blender 2.66 (free) and using Montion for composing stuff from Bleader and other stuff that is easier to do in Motion. Plus it's a 3D app Motion isn't)
I ended up getting the 2.7GHz i5, 8GB ram, and the Fusion Drive.
So far I have been very pleased with the performance of the machine.
There is a very noticable difference with the Fusion drive vs. a standard HD, but once the Fusion drive is full and things start rolling over to the standard drive, things will slow down some with large files, but I still think it is a good upgrade if you don't want to put the money into going with just a SSD.
I use both FCP X and Motion 5 and have had no issues with either one.
However, there are a couple of caveats here:
I also use external USB 3 hard drives which helps vs. just doing everything off the Fusion drive.
Almost all of what I do is limited in length. Motion projects seldom exceed 30-60 seconds in length and FCPX projects normally run no more than 10-12 minutes (church announcements etc.).
If you are going to be working on larger projects you might want to beef your specs up a bit as David suggested.