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.
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.
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Thanks for responding Todd :-) very much appreciated.
The new AMD cards use open CL not for sure if it uses open GL, does that make a difference for Ray traced?
Not sure what that means as far as GPU performance goes.
Just tired of my max out 27" imac moving like molasses and need to get something faster, so After Effects will be fun again.