3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 18, 2010 3:15 AM by theiceage13

    New Mac Pros 12 Core - Nvidia Cards supported?

    theiceage13 Level 1



      i'm going to buy one of the new 12-Core Mac Pros and I am wondering about the store-configurator. The store only allows to add AMD Ati Radeon cards to the mac. But after all the good things I heard about Adobe CS5 in collaboration with the Nvidia Quadro FX 4800 I really want to get the Nvidia card.


      Last week my service provider told me, that the new macs may not support the Nvidia cards. Is this true? Am I forced to buy the ATI card? Or is the ATI Radeon HD 5870 as good as the Nvidia card? (minus the Cuda-technology).


      Can anyone point me in a direction here? Thanks!

        • 1. Re: New Mac Pros 12 Core - Nvidia Cards supported?
          Todd_Kopriva Level 8

          This isn't really relevant to After Effects. After Effects doesn't take much advantage of the graphics card.


          If you're using Premiere Pro CS5, then the graphics card matters much more.


          I recommend asking video card questions on the Premiere Pro hardware forum:


          • 2. Re: New Mac Pros 12 Core - Nvidia Cards supported?
            Michael Scarn

            One thing the Premiere Hardware forum will tell you is that a PC runs Premiere Pro much better than a Mac, which is true. Apple has decided not to offer NVidia cards this time around in their new Mac Pros. Speculatively speaking, this might be due to Premiere Pro being competition to Final Cut and supporting NVidia cards would promote the switch to Premiere Pro in effort to have faster performance. Not to say you couldn't go out and buy your own NVidia card and install it, but that is out of the range of my knowledge.


            As for After Effects, this means nothing. AE doesn't use this Mercury Playback Engine, so what card you have doesn't matter so much. I would browse through the Premiere Hardware forum and see what you think. They will persuade you to switch to PC for performance gains. It just depends on what you are willing to sacrifice I guess, or gain. A similarily performing PC will cost you less definitely, but that's not the reason why people use Apple stuff

            • 3. Re: New Mac Pros 12 Core - Nvidia Cards supported?
              theiceage13 Level 1

              Thanks for the answers so far. I'm aware that AE won't use the Mercury Engine, but I'm setting up the new mac now and wanted to get only the best components available. So I was a little bit surprised that the best graphics card you could buy in the apple store is around 450 Euros and the Nvidia card is around 1700 Euros. Don't get me wrong - I'm not comparing the cards based on their price, but it is hard to compare the cards based on their hardware specifications, cause both companies use their own crazy, hyper-hyper marketing words. So I'm wondering why the Nvidia card is that amount more expensive?


              I decided to spend my money in 32 GB RAM. Should be the best decision for AE and Foundry Nuke use...I hope!