Your observations sound very familiar to this thread. Perhaps jump in there and add your concerns. Adobe reps are
The summary is: no one really knows what's going on yet.
Not only is the lack of RAID is a problem, so is OSX itself: That OS is very poor at multithreading compared to Windows.
so is OSX itself: That OS is very poor at multithreading compared to Windows.
At the risk of devolving this into an OS war, which I won't get involved in... I read that statement a lot here on these forums. I'd like to understand who/why/where/how that idea got started. Any reference material you can point me towards?
CS 5.5 PrP and AE fly on my OSX 10.6.7 system.I do have a Maxx Digital 8tb external raid which seems crucial for a good flow. I also have 24 gigs of ram which also helps things out. Especially when AE is configured to render using multiple cores. The system is rock steady , no crashes. First hand experience is the key here. Take what some folks say about platforms other than theirs with a LARGE grain of salt ;-)
Would you mind posting a link to the exact RAID system you are using?
The optimal RAID solution are the ARECA raid controllers. If you want a total engineered RAID solution one of the Areca outlets can do that for you. Another total systems solution is probably available from ADK VideoEditing, they use an also good line of RAID controllers from Intel which are actually manufactured by LSI
Also look at our PC oriented benchmarks PPBM5 and notice that many of the better scoring systems use Areca and Intel.
I wish we had a procedure to test Macs with our PPBM5 tests but both Harm and I are not Mac users so we cannot use the Mac terminology to write one. Eric at ADK since he sits on both sides of PC and Macs has run PPBM5 on a well set up Mac Pro 2010 using the onboard RAID controller. Maybe with your heavy PC background you could interpret the PC procedures to your Mac and see how those two machines compare. If you are interested PM me and I can give you more information