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#1 Jose Omar Hernandez

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:50 PM

Does anybody has any link where i can learn how to build the most powerful computer for color grading ?? i want it to be mac tho ...


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#2 Hal Long

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:37 PM

If you want it to be mac then you have three options.   

 

1) Use a mac pro tower standalone:  You can add in only one decent GPU (GTX 680, 780, 570 etc) with a little tinkering and power routing. This is what I use and I color 4-5K red files all the time in real time (with sampling set to 2k to match my monitor). This is a decent set-up and delivers pro results with the compromise of less than real-time if timeline sampling is set to 4K but delivers better than realtime performance when delivering to HD or 2K from 4K or 5K. It's possible to run two high-end GPUs but you'll have to run in an external power line to one of them.  

 

2) Use a mac pro tower + a PCI expander:  Look at the cubix boxes with PCI 2 or 3 speed and double width for GPUs.  They have plenty of power.  The boxes start around $2200-2300.  

 

3) Hackintosh:  You can build a PC that will match the new mac pros in speed with more cores and with real actual PCI slots  for much less money.  I've talked to people who have built 20-core machines with three GPUs that absolutely scream.  The downside is there's no tech support to help you get the system running and every now and again a software update of an app or OS may give you real downtime.   This route seems very attractive if you have time to tinker and aren't afraid to hack.   I ultimately steered clear because I couldn't risk my machine going down mid-color session.  But others swear by their hacks.   Just my experience.  


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