If you contact Bill Gehrke directly at email@example.com he can probably direct you to a testing file we are developing to include Mac testing in a future release of PPBM6 or PPBM7. That may give you a very limited insight into your systems performance, due to a lack of comparable data, but anything is better than nothing.
There are numerous options to improve on the performance you currently have.
Go for an i7-3930K CPU, increase memory to 32 GB, use a GTX 660 Ti or better video card, use a dedicated raid controller and multiple disks, but these all entail moving to a PC and I'm not sure you want that.
Thanks for the response, I'll definitley look into PPBM, should be helpful to have a benchmark utility designed for PP that others are using
I noted your suggestions for a better processor and graphics card etc, and as you observed those all ential moving towards a PC build, which I'm not opposed to but if I'm going to switch to Windows I want the computer to be a large enough increase in speed to warrant the move.
Anyone have experiance with Mac Pro's and Adobe CS? I'm wondering if those 12 core (2x6 core) systems are worth it, or if building a PC with a one, top of the line processor, is better.
A big issue I see is that Mac Pro's don't come with NVIDIA graphic cards, so CUDA support seems out of the question (but I could be wrong?)
All I can speak about is the Mac side. I have a MacPro with 8 cores, and I installed a GTX285 (Discontinued, but can be found online for a steal...more bang for the buck than the 4000's in my opinion) So, CUDA is definitely not out of the question. Export time is great.
However, conventional wisdom is that the MacPros are going to be updated (long overdue) in the first part of next year...Apple is always tight-lipped about it, but I wouldn't sink a lot of money into a MacPro right now when updates are around the corner.
So, maybe a PC is the right direction for you if you need something right away.
My question; is there a machine that could bring a 30-50%+ increase in export time, and is that machine a Mac or PC?
Either (if you mean decrease, hopefully): the current $1.5K iMac comes with GTX-650M which is supported by Adobe for GPU acceleration, and that will dramatically decrease your export times (with supported codecs - MPEG2, H.264). The $1,999 iMac comes with a better CPU, GPU and up to 32GB RAM - only nobody tested it yet for GPU hardware acceleration AFAIK.
that will dramatically decrease your export times (with supported codecs - MPEG2, H.264).
Actually the codec is irrelevant. It's the effects that are accelerated. And if any given editor is not using accelerated effects, then CUDA acceleration isn't going to help.
Haha, yes Alex I meant decrease
Good call needles, I think waiting for an upgraded Mac Pro is what I need to do if I want to stay on the Mac side. The PC side does seem to offer quite a few interesting possibilites.
A new question I'm having is if dual-processor machines are remarkably better than single processors using adobe products?
Also, has anyone had any experiance with thunderbolt external hard drives? Just wondering if adding that to my workflow would help with my export speeds (using them for my OS, export disk, etc). Currently I'm running it all off the 1TB internal HD of my iMac. Also any good beginner (and I mean very beginner) resources on RAID setup for video editing would be awesome.
Thanks again for everyone's replies!