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    will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2

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    Question will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2
    I'm looking into getting a iMac 24-inch: 2.66Ghz, 4GM memory, 640 hard drive with 8x double layer SuperDrive.

    I don't know much about the iMac and am wondering if this machine will smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2. Starting out I wouldn't be doing much video editing, just some small stuff while I learn the ins and outs of FCS2.

    Thanks for any advice you can share!

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    will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2

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    It will work. I'd recommend getting the version that has either GT120, GT130 or the ATI. It will work with the nvidia 9400m (if you look up a previous posters question about the 9400m that I responded to a week or two ago (may have been more now, lots going on, kinda lost track of time)) but you will have better responsiveness and faster renderings using a dedicated graphics gpu with dedicated ram.

    Edit:

    Here was the previous discussion about using a mac mini, which has the 9400m chipset for graphics (slower cpu, yes, but the gpu is the same - was doing the tests on my macbook 2.4ghz unibody):

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/mov...-mini-fcp.html
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2

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    I'm thinking about getting the Imac for editing as well. I was told at the apple store to upgrade to the ATI, but I'm hesitant because of all the problems I read with it. A lot of users experienced freezing and lock ups for no reason.

    Does anybody know if these problems have been resolved by apple? And how much better is the ATI than the GT130.

    Thanks

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    will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    It will work. I'd recommend getting the version that has either GT120, GT130 or the ATI. It will work with the nvidia 9400m (if you look up a previous posters question about the 9400m that I responded to a week or two ago (may have been more now, lots going on, kinda lost track of time)) but you will have better responsiveness and faster renderings using a dedicated graphics gpu with dedicated ram.

    Edit:

    Here was the previous discussion about using a mac mini, which has the 9400m chipset for graphics (slower cpu, yes, but the gpu is the same - was doing the tests on my macbook 2.4ghz unibody):

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/mov...-mini-fcp.html
    If you get the ATI GPU, the 16 Cuda cores on the 9400m get switched off... so where is the point? No get either the GT120 or best GT130 (which is a 9800m GTS with 64 Cuda cores, so you have 80), this way many apps can use the Cuda cores to do some serious Videoencoding for you, or math. Then under Bootcamp/Windows most games are optimized for Nvidia... sad... but the ATI makes mo sense for those that use Bootcamp.

    Regards,
    Coolknight

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    will an iMac smoothly run Final Cut Studio 2

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    A) Why did you respond to a thread that is 6 months old?

    B) The model the OP was looking at no longer exists as a new product - all of the new iMacs are ATI GPU or 9400m ONLY - Go to Apples website and check the specs on the iMacs - of which there is only a 21.5" and a 27" version now, no 24" - back when the OP posted (in July of last year) what the OP wanted was a new machine - as it doesn't exist any more as a new option, continuing this thread is rather irrelevant.

    C) ATI GPU is a DEDICATED GPU with DEDICATED RAM vs the 9400m which is an integrated GPU that shares system RAM - there is a HUGE performance difference between the two.

    D) Cuda cores are a nvidia specific, and yes, a cool technology BUT to take advantage of that, the code has to be custom written to utilize those features. FCS2 - which is what this post was about - AFAIK does not offer advanced support for nVidia cards supporting CUDA, which means you're back to pure processing power.

    E) The GT130, which is a rebranded 9600 is older and slower than the 4850 series that was available at the time. If it was the 9800, it would be about equal speed, but as it's not, it isn't. The GT150 is the rebranded 9800 from what I recall. If you do a search on google, I'm sure you can confirm both that the gt130 was not a rebranded 9800, and also that the 4850 leaves the gt130 in the dust for GPU power.

    BTW - also, AFAIK the iMacs do not have both the 9400m and a GT120/130 active at the same time (actually I don't think in the iMac that if you go the GT that it even came with the 9400m onboard) - similar to the Macbook pros that have the 9600m/9400m combo you can either use the 9400m or the 9600m, it wasn't a summed operation where both could get used for increased performance.

    Basically - in the end - for his post, the GT120, the GT130 or the ATI would have been fine selections for the system he was looking at. In the iMacs available today, the ATI dedicated GPU is a far superior option over the 9400m integrated GPU.

    This is not saying the GT130 isn't a wonderful chipset and wouldn't do a very good job, but saying the 4850 is not a good option is not really accurate either.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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