'late 2013' Mac Pro running
DaVinci Resolve versus
Mac Pro Tower with pairs of GPUs
Posted Friday, January 31st, 2014 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
The 2013 Mac Pro with its dual FirePro GPUs is an ideal candidate as a DaVinci Resolve platform. So we tested its ability to playback (and render on-the-fly) blur nodes and noise reduction nodes. Then we compared that performance to the 2010 Mac Pro matched pairs of high-end GPUs.
4c MP'13 D300s = 2013 Mac Pro 4-core with dual FirePro D300s
6c MP'13 D500s = 2013 Mac Pro 6-core with dual FirePro D500s
6c MP'10 R7970 = 2010 Mac Pro 6-core with dual Radeon HD 7970s
6c MP'10 G780 = 2010 Mac Pro 6-core with dual GeForce GTX 780s
6c MP'10 G680 = 2010 Mac Pro 6-core with dual GeForce GTX 680s
6c MP'10 G760 = 2010 Mac Pro 6-core with dual GeForce GTX 760s
First we playback 16 nodes of Blur (as those nodes are rendered on-the-fly). LARGER number means HIGHER frames-per-second. Target speed is 24 FPS.
Next we playback 1 node of Noise Reduction. LARGER number means HIGHER frames-per-second. Target speed is 24 FPS.
Though we have yet to test DaVinci Resolve 10 using a 2013 Mac Pro with dual FirePro 700s, it's clear that even the mid-range dual D500s in a 6-Core Mac Pro can compete with high-end flashed GPUs often used by professionals in the legacy Mac Pro tower.
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