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  • What graphic card do I need?

    I have a sony vaio with 6gb ram, Intel core i3 CPU M 350 @ 2.27Ghz.
    I can't run CUDA for resolve so i guess I either need an Nvidia graphic card or buy a mac pro if this is too slow.
    What you guys think, Do i need to buy a graphic card, if so which one would be cheapest?
    Or do you guys think I should upgrade for a mac pro?

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    I'm looking at two (2) EVGA GTX670 with 2GB of RAM. These list for $399.

    You're going to need to increase your RAM to 16 or above, I suggest 32 GB. Maybe replace your motherboard too just to run Resolve. Resolve uses two graphix cards if you let it.

    A used Mac Pro is one way to go but there is no need to run the Adobe Creative Suite or Resolve on such an expensive machine. You're better off building a PC and gettting the added performance your money will allow.
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    • #3
      Let me play Devil's Advocate for the Mac. Though you can spend less up front on building a Windows machine, Macs cost much less to maintain, both in time and money. If you'd rather spend your time doing creative work, rather than troubleshooting your system, you should consider a Mac Pro. (Also, if you buy a top-of-the-line PC like the HP z820, you will spend as much or more than on a comparable Mac.)

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      • #4
        ^+1 Keep an eye on eBay and CL, I just got a killer deal on a Mac Pro 2xQC 3.0 16gb ram for about $1000. I've had VAIO's and Sony is pretty tight on there upgrade path. HDs & RAM, G-cards on desktops and thats about it. Way less headaches with macs. But, maybe if you gave us the model number of your VAIO, you may get better options,

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        • #5
          Originally posted by popcornflix View Post
          Let me play Devil's Advocate for the Mac. Though you can spend less up front on building a Windows machine, Macs cost much less to maintain, both in time and money. If you'd rather spend your time doing creative work, rather than troubleshooting your system, you should consider a Mac Pro. (Also, if you buy a top-of-the-line PC like the HP z820, you will spend as much or more than on a comparable Mac.)
          I don't find this accurate to my experience over the last decade. Windows 64 is rock-solid or I'd have a Hackintosh.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brad Ferrell View Post
            I don't find this accurate to my experience over the last decade. Windows 64 is rock-solid or I'd have a Hackintosh.
            yes. Stability is not an argument for Mac anymore and bang for buck speaks for PC systems. Around me I've even noticed a slight shift in the 'creative', especially video field towards PCs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by blahey View Post
              maybe if you gave us the model number of your VAIO, you may get better options,
              this is my model number for my sony vaio; VPCEB2MOE

              I'm thinking of saving up for a mac pro though, but that will have to wait.

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              • #8
                I did not have a single problem with HP xw8600 workstation for last 3 years. Average person my find easier to maintain MAC Pro, but with current limitations compared to PC and no OTHER advantages it's way not worth it.

                Originally posted by popcornflix View Post
                *(Also, if you buy a top-of-the-line PC like the HP z820, you will spend as much or more than on a comparable Mac.)
                You will spent as much, but for something what you can configure as you want, not for an already old technology. Win7 is as stable as MAC OS- gap is gone. MACs are more and more restricted with less stability compared to old days, where PCs are going opposite.

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                • #9
                  For my Hack, I'm looking at getting some more CUDA cards. Been doing research over at CreativeCow and other sites, the GTX 6xx series do not seem to be adding performance at all over the 570/580. Looks like NVIDIA changed the computational algorithm - these 6xx series favor shaders over computational instructions. In other words: great for games not as good for production.

                  I wrote Blackmagic to see if they have some benchmarks they can throw our way.

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                  • #10
                    Oh, PS: Andrew, I'm still a Mac fanboy but left the Pro line in early 2011 and have a really neat hackintosh. 6 cores running 3.8 ghz really low temp, RAIDs, SSD, 24GB 1600+ mhz ram, blu ray, Nvidia GTX 285 (gonna add some more cards).

                    I have Windows 7 and 8 beta. OS X is still more stable with less hickups - more intuitive with gui. Every install in windows wants to know what is going on. Sometimes browsers act weird, slower performance in windows 7. I do like the activity monitor in windows 8.

                    I'm thinking windows 8 is going to unnerve people with the re-design though.

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                    • #11
                      For doing grading in apps like DaVinci you want a GPU with lots of RAM. If you want to get a used one, older GTX570 with 3GB RAM should still be great performers.
                      Originally posted by mattbatt View Post
                      these 6xx series favor shaders over computational instructions. In other words: great for games not as good for production.
                      I wouldn't say they're 'not as good for production'

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                      • #12
                        so a 2.5Gb GTX570 would do better than a 2.0Gb GTX 670 even though it has 1300+ cuda cores?
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                          • #14
                            Got my answer on Creative Cow. The 580 is what is recommended for Resolve as it is tested and proven.
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                            • #15
                              mostly on mac stuff just works if set up correctly, we will see what future brings. good pc cost even bit more than mac pro imo. with cheap pc you have all kind of problems.

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