3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 23, 2013 3:33 PM by RjL190365

    graphic card Q

    Oded Balaban


      i have this mac -
      serial - CK8300KLXYL

      Model Name:    Mac Pro

        Model Identifier:          MacPro3,1

        Processor Name:          Quad-Core Intel Xeon

        Processor Speed:          2.8 GHz

        Number of Processors:  2

        Total Number of Cores:            8

        L2 Cache (per Processor):         12 MB

        Memory:         24 GB

        Bus Speed:      1.6 GHz

        Boot ROM Version:      MP31.006C.B05

        SMC Version (system): 1.25f4

        Serial Number (system):           CK8300KLXYL

        Hardware UUID:          D976F497-26E2-59EF-8A9A-47857AEB59A5


      and i want to know what is the best/stronger video card for my mac to work with after effects and 3d...


      my technician's proposal is-

      - Card, Video, NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600, 1.5 GB



      is it really the best?



        • 1. Re: graphic card Q
          Todd_Kopriva Level 8

          See this page for details of what the GPU is used for in After Effects:

          http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2012/05/gpu-cuda-opengl-features-in-after-effects-cs6. html


          See this page for benchmark results of various cards used in GPU acceleration of the ray-traced 3D renderer:


          • 2. Re: graphic card Q
            Oded Balaban Level 1

            thank u very much for this info

            • 3. Re: graphic card Q
              RjL190365 Level 5

              Forget about the Quadro FX 5600: That GPU is severely outdated now, being a full six years old now. In fact, its age goes way, way back to the very first generation of CUDA GeForce GPUs (in this case, the GeForce 8800 Ultra). Worse, you cannot enable CUDA MPE GPU acceleration at all with that FX 5600 (and thus Premiere Pro MPE will be permanently stuck in the software-only mode) because the compute capability version of the FX 5600 (like all other GPUs using the G80 core) is only 1.0. MPE GPU acceleration requires the compute capability version number to be 1.1 or higher to even enable GPU acceleration at all.


              In addition, the Mac Pro 3.1 is almost equally, if not more, outdated than the Quadro FX 5600: It is based on a pre-Nehalem CPU - a CPU that's based on a 45nm die shrink of the Core 2 Quad. As such, it has no L3 cache and its memory controller is external (on the motherboard instead of on the CPU). And it uses the now-long-obsolete DDR2 RAM instead of the DDR3 RAM that current systems use. As a result, with such an ancient platform (fully five years old as of this posting) and even with the fastest GPU and disks, the performance ranking would still fall below Q1 (first quartile). More likely in the middle of the D1 (first decile) range.