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  • Al Dobko
    Posts: 18
    Joined: May 30th, 2010, 02:03
    Graphics card
    I have a year old macbookpro with no graphics card; would a new macbookpro with a 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6750M card make much of a difference in the rendering speed? Thanks!
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  • BenB
    Posts: 501
    Joined: Feb 14th, 2011, 04:27
    Re: Graphics card
    All laptops have graphics cards in them. What year is your MBP, and what GPU is in it? Go to the Apple menu, to About This Mac, then to More Info. You'll see a listing for either Displays or Graphics. That's where you'll see what GPU it's running. What CPU? How much RAM? Some codecs take advantage of the GPU, some can't. Drive speed plays a small role in the speed of rendering, but mostly "rendering" in a timeline depends solely on the CPU most of the time. For FCP X you need fast CPU, fast GPU, lots of RAM, fast hard drive. Those are the major things that matter, all working together.
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  • Al Dobko
    Posts: 18
    Joined: May 30th, 2010, 02:03
    Re: Graphics card
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M: Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Type: GPU Bus: PCI VRAM (Total): 256 MB Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de) Device ID: 0x0863 Revision ID: 0x00b1 ROM Revision: 3427 Displays: Color LCD: Resolution: 1280 x 800 Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888) Main Display: Yes Mirror: Off Online: Yes Built-In: Yes Display Connector: Status: No Display Connected does that help?
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  • BenB
    Posts: 501
    Joined: Feb 14th, 2011, 04:27
    Laptops never have top of the line GPUs in them, but the current MBPs have much better GPUs than older ones. Also be sure you've got at least 8GB RAM. Your events and projects should never be on your system drive. Personally, I'm holding off until later this summer when Apple releases it's new line of Macs with better GPUs, and more powerful CPUs.
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  • BenB
    Posts: 501
    Joined: Feb 14th, 2011, 04:27
    If you get a new MBP, get a T'bolt drive if you can afford it. That can also make major differences in performance.
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