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AMD FierPro D500 video card

Oct 30, 2013 3:42 PM

In a few months Apple is coming out with the new Mac Pro and for some reason, they have decided to use the Dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Do you think this is a bad mistake on Apples part to use video cards that uses open CL? And how well do you think it will work with After Effects as compared to Nvidia CUDA?


Any thoughts would be helpful regarding using this with After Effects and would love to hear what Todd thinks too.

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    Oct 30, 2013 3:58 PM   in reply to mike007

    There is only one feature in After Effects that uses CUDA: the GPU acceleration of the ray-traced 3D renderer. This is the only feature for which the lack of CUDA on the AMD cards has any relevance whatsoever.


    All other GPU features in After Effects use OpenGL, which works fine on the AMD cards in the Mac Pro.


    Way too many people are imagining that there is some big problem here. There's not. After Effects will work fine with these AMD cards.


    Details are here: n-after-effects-cs6.html

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    Oct 30, 2013 5:38 PM   in reply to mike007

    The new AMD cards use open CL not for sure if it uses open GL


    Yes. Every modern GPU uses OpenGL.

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    Oct 31, 2013 6:41 AM   in reply to mike007

    If you want beautiful 3d that renders quickly, look into Element or Zaxwerks 3d Invigorator.


    That being said, I really look forward to seeing what these new Mac Pros have to offer.

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