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    Rendering Cluster
    I plan on networking a few computers to help render my video files, in programs that support rendering clusters.

    My question is, would I get better performance out of 1 mac pro, or 3 mac minis? I know the mac pro is more powerful, but what is confusing me is that 3 mac minis has 3 more processors the the mac pro, yet it alot less money. I feel like the mac pro is paying for things I don't need like graphics cards, and other higher end equipment when all I really need is processing power.

    So if you wanted to get more rendering power, would you go with 3 mac minis or 1 mac pro?
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    But don't you need the power of the graphics card for video rendering?
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    You need the graphics card for realtime effects, rendering is done by the processor, my friend has it with 3 powermac g4s, I think I am going to go with the minis because after some research it makes more sense and its cheaper.
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    Plus Minis and render farms are awesome.
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    yes they are both awesome, lol, and will be very helpful in the future.
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