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I am currently using a macbook air for all my editing and rendering of videos in FCPX. The editing process is reasonably smooth when dealing with shorter clips, but when I tried to edit multicam clips, things started to slow down. Also,  the rendering and compression processes are tedious. I am planning to edit and process a much larger number of videos in the next years to come, so I have decided to do a serious upgrade of my system.


For the moment, I am torn between a maxed out iMac 27", which would be the cheapest alternative, and the 6 core Mac Pro or 4 core Mac Pro.

When I look at benchmarks of the new Mac Pro's in Geekbench, the iMac is never very far away in terms of performance.  Does tests like this tell anything about how well the Mac Pro will perform in FCP?   Does the hardware in the Mac Pro have features which makes it superior to the iMac, in other ways than for example the "pure power" of the CPU and GPU?



Solved by Grant Bennet-Alder on Jan 12, 2014 6:13 PM Solved

rendering, transcoding and compressing

Lloyd Chambers suggests for those purposes, buy the D700's and don't look back:

"For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc), the D700 GPUs are a no-brainer choice."



Reply by The hatter on Jan 12, 2014 9:49 AM Helpful


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
Dual FirePro Dxxx Rendering FCP-X

Intel Xeon processors are designed to run 24/7 and stay cool and under load.
Mac Pro so far hold up strongly for years, easy to add and upgrade RAM and processor, and maybe, hopefully, even the twin GPUs. Thunderbolt2 for all your projects and storage as well.
6 or 8-cores is going to walk away from iMac which is breathing hard and not designed for constant heat. Haswell was designed to conserve and reduce.

Reply by The hatter on Jan 12, 2014 10:11 AM Helpful

Everyone is different and there is no "one" configuration.


You can BTO starting with 4-core and select 6-core. Or 6-core which comes with D500s.


RAM can be upgraded yourself. Same for the SSD internal later if you want. Even the cpu though that tends to be expensive but in 2-3 yrs.


And then all the Thunderbolt external storage, monitors and more.


I usually include in these kinds of threads...



Great site and his focus is photography and custom upgrade ideas.

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