I am configuring a new MacPro for my top video editor. I am wondering if After Effect takes advantage of the Multiple cores.
Would a 2.7GHz 12-core outperform a 3.5GHz 6-core or the 3.0GHz 8-core?
I will also be getting the more advanced video card option for the GPU rendering and of course max RAM.
My editor usually renders during lunch and evenings.
That's a tough one to answer for a couple of reasons:
Not all effects in AE use multiprocessing. Some use just one core. With a lot of stacked effects, it takes just one single-core effect to make AE render the whole stack on one core. So faster processors would seem to be better.
However, Adobe's working hard to make AE rendering more efficient. They say there's a new version coming that will utilize multiple cores better, so more cores would seem to be better in the long run.
If it were my machine, I'd go for 8 cores to cover my bases right now and to add in a little future-proofing -- but future-proofing is always a crap shoot.
Very good information Dave. I was chatting with Apple and they mentioned that After Effects takes advantage of hyper treading. So in essence two treads per core? Does that sound right?