3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2014 8:40 AM by Grant Bennet-Alder
Jeff Caddell Level 1 Level 1

Using the new final cut pro - will it benefit from two video cards in a 2010 Mac Pro 5,1 ? New FCpro is optimized for 2 Vcard in the new Pro. Will optimization work in older Mac pro with 2 Vcards?  Curious to boost performance in the older system.  Anyone know about this yet?

 

J Caddell


Mac Pro (Mid 2010), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
Solved by The hatter on Jan 7, 2014 6:06 AM Solved
FCP X 10.1, Motion 5.1 Updates w/Dual GPU Support (new Mac Pros) (from Thursday)
Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Thursday with support for Dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro and more. Long list in the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Release Notes that also links to info on How to back up important FCP X 10.0.x files before updating. (Today's Apple docs listing also has more related to Final Cut Pro X 10.1.)
Also out today are Compressor 4.1 and Motion 5.1. Full release notes below but here's a clip from the App store Motion 5.1 changes:

 

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • Faster project loading, especially for complex projects
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Spanish language localization

 

http://www.barefeats.com/tube02.html -

 

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 features "optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro."


Dual GPUs definitely make a performance difference in the 10.1 version of FCPX.

 

The improvements could be even more dramatic when we test the 2013 Mac Pro which likely has slightly different GPU drivers than the ones on our Mavericks 10.9.1 boot drive.

 

As you can see, Motion 5.1 showed dramatic improvement with both single and dual AMD GPUs.

... dual Radeon HD 5770s and got render times only slightly slower than dual 7970s

Motion 5.1 showed dramatic improvement with both single and dual AMD GPUs.


You need the latest version of Final Cut and Motion to take advantage of dual GPUs.

Reply by Grant Bennet-Alder on Jan 7, 2014 8:40 AM Helpful

At this writing the Power for two near-equivalent GPUs such as the 7950 Mac Edition is difficult, requiring the addition of a DVD-sized power supply, cutting some sheet metal and snaking the wiring.

 

... dual Radeon HD 5770s and got render times only slightly slower than dual 7970s

 

 

The suggestion of two Apple-firmware 5770 is intriguing because each card requires only ONE Aux power connector, so two 5770 cards can be installed at once with no re-wiring.

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