Sorry, I'm on a Mac.
2 x 2.26 Quad Core Ihntel
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How much video memory on that card?
For "some" others, with at least 1Gig of video ram, the nVidia Hack http://forums.adobe.com/thread/629557?tstart=0 - which is a simple entry in a "supported cards" file
Cheers for that, but unfortunately it says it only has 512MB of VRAM. These are the card specs according to the Apple More Info button:
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120:
Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0640
Revision ID: 0x00a1
ROM Revision: 3386
Not enough video memory to do hardware MPE
I have no idea what cards are certified for a Mac
For a list of supported nVidia CUDA cards go to the FAQ
First read http://forums.adobe.com/thread/773101?tstart=0
PPro Video FAQ http://www.video2brain.com/en/products-118.htm
The Mac certified cards are
GTX 285 (no longer being made)
FX 4800 (terribly overpriced for a non-Fermi card)
Now I do not know the difference except for a slight difference in cost but taking a look at the last two it always shows (for instance) Quadro 4000 and Quadro 4000 for the Mac. Ah! Ha! I just found the difference look at this picture of the PC Quadro 4000 and compare it to this picture of the Quadro 4000 for the Mac.
Notice the double width rear bracket on the Mac unit with another connector and cable that is not on the PC version.
You might find a used GTX 285 for the Mac cheaper if $700 for the Quadro 4000 is not appealing to you.
Hi Bill, thanks for that.
Unfortunately I'm based in the UK and it always appears the world thinks we're all loaded (and live in castles) over here because the 4000 is around £700. Add another £700 for a CS4 to 5.5 prodcution suite upgrade and that's £1500 just to have 64 bit. At the moment barely seems worth it, for me at least, especially when I throw into the equation I have to spend however long figuring out PPro (ie less time to work or no social life) and from the little time i've spent on it and the answers to questions it does seem good, and i've no doubt it is better than FCP X, but there do seem to be some things that to my admittedly novice PPro eyes, seem less intuitive and slower than FCP7.
Basically though the graphics card is the decider at the moment. Just not willing to spend £1500 at the moment when I can muddle through with FCP7 and CS6 is rumoured to be out next year, and hopefully the exodus from FCP X will bring some additions to PPro 6 that made me comment above about things seeming less intuitive.
Still, thanks all for the feedback and at least I know PPro is there for the future. Back to my 32 bit software with absolutely no upgrade path. Or of course I could quit earning from video, get a job in an office and just use X to make youtube videos as Jobs intended .
I cannot say for sure because of PC/Mac differences but you only have 8 GB of RAM. With our PC Premiere Pro BenchMark (PPBM5) it made a major improvement in performance when we upgrade to over 12 GB per processor (somehow it seems to be a step function). I cannot say for sure but memory upgrades for your system should be somewhat reasonable. You only have 4 GB per processor. Notice on PPBM5 Overall Results that dual processor systems generally have 24 to 48 GB of RAM
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