2019 Mac Pro with Afterburner - Part Two
May 8th, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
Here are some scenarios where the Apple Afterburner speeds up the transcoding on the 2019 Mac Pro.
With Afterburner = Afterburner installed and active in 2019 Mac Pro 12-core
Without Afterburner = Afterburner removed from 2019 Mac Pro 12-core (or disabled in DaVinci Resolve Preferences)
2019 Mac Pro 12-core 3.30GHz W-3235 CPU, 96GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, 1TB PCIe based flash internal storage
Final Cut Pro X Transcode of 4K RAW ProRes to 4K ProRes 422
With the Afterburner, the task is completed 43% faster. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Compressor Transcode of 4K RAW ProRes to 4K ProRes 422
With the Afterburner, the task is completed 15% faster. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
DaVinci Resolve Transcode of 8K R3D to 4K ProRes 422
With the Afterburner, the task is completed 18% faster. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
With more experimentation, we found the above transcoding scenarios where Apple's Afterburner Card speeds up video transcoding.
An added bonus, demonstrated in Part One, is that the Afterburner takes over part of the the main Mac Pro processor load freeing it to render other tasks.
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