I've been working on souping up my original MacPro 2006 (1,1). Started with quad core 2.66, and for $50 on ebay, made it a 8 core 2.66. I then used this app
to install Mavericks which was super easy. Here are the results combined with 10.1.
xthestreams wrote: Not an ace, most of my work is simply CK work and more recently basic colour correction and compositing.
But, I do run some pretty large 1080p jobs 2-3 times a year for my kids productions which run about 2 hours of footage from 2-3 cameras and multiple audio sources, lots of transitions etc and it's here that having the grunt is sanity saving.
Regarding your 7950 vs 5780 question, I have both and will run Bruce's benchmark on both over the weekend and we'll see what the result is. I am pretty confident that the 5K benchmark doesn't really hit CPU OR disk that hard (it writes less than 20MB/sec, more than easily managed by a HDD), so this should be a great test.
I'm anxiously awaiting results of this. What Mac Pro do you have? My 2009 Mac Pro is getting beat by others results and the only upgrades that I'm interested in putting into this machine to give it some life is a 7970 3GB and an SSD. Beyond that it's time to get rid of it soon. I really want to see if spending a couple hundred dollars on a new GPU is really going to afford me much benefit...however as others have shown, if I pop another 5870 in my machine, FCPX can use both and will probably give me a good boost as well.
Quick question for you: how did you manage to fit the 5770 in the top slot 4? My understanding is that the 5770 is a double width gpu. Did you modify the physical bracket connection on the GPU? Or perhaps there is a single width model out there? Any insight on that would be much appreciated.
Lastly, just a heads up for folks on 2008 or newer models, the PCIe slots are set permenantly and cannot be reconfigured. The PCIe slot utility only works on 2006 (1,1) and 2007 (2,1) models of the Mac Pro. more info on that here if anyone is curious:
Well looks like my GPU is showing it's age. The 5870 is still a solid GPU but when 2011 iMac's, and MacBook Pros from the last few years are beating my score due to their GPU (because I would win from a CPU standpoint)…I can see where my bottleneck is. Throwing in a new GPU would probably be a good investment overall unless I get a new machine.
Out of curiosity, we ran the tests with dual Radeon HD 5770s and got render times only slightly slower than dual 7970s. The 5770s require only one power feed each so we used the two factory standard PCIe power feeds. A pair of them is definitely faster rendering in FCPX 10.1 than any single AMD GPU including the Radeon HD 7970.
So it looks like you are better off with two 5770s.