November 3, 2014 at 10:10AM

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Maxed out 27" iMAC vs RETINA 5k for editing and FX in Adobe suite?

Ohoy!

I'm buying a new computer for work (Video editing (4k), AE work, Photoshop, grading, some 3D), and i'm looking for some advice.

I've been using an all apple environment for the last 5 years and i'm satisfied with that. Especially now with the new integration between OSX and iOS. Would consider going for a workstation PC if the benefits where mind boogeling though.

Anyways, my gut feeling was that the announcement of the 5k iMac was perfect timing, and that i would get it hands down. I've been reading a bit though and it seems like many people are disappointed of the graphics being AMD and not NVIDEA. Apparently you can't use CUDA acceleration on the AMD?

I've been using the same Macbook Pro the last 5 years, got a maxed out 17" back then. So it's really time.

The price-difference for a maxed out regular 27" and maxed out Retina is small enough for me to not matter in the equation.

So which one would you recommend? Would my work actually be slower because of the large amount of pixels sucking juice + the non-active CUDA?

Cheers,
/ J

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Is better the iMac non retina. I have it and is fast and confiable. nvidia 780M 4 DDR5 VRAM, 32 GB RAM, Fusion drive, it' s real fast. :D and now a little cheaper because is "old"

November 4, 2014 at 3:50PM

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Ragüel Cremades
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There is a "mind-boggling" improvement to get a PC -- performance. Putting a Titan in a PC (or now, the insanely good, inexpensive GTX 980) will put the M295X to shame. It is unlikely that the new iMac will be able to handle very heavy-duty 4K work, and it certainly will not do it as well as a similarly-priced PC with a killer video card. Also, yeah, you'll be limited by the lack of CUDA support, which you want. Adobe will be perform worse, even if the specs were otherwise the same, which they aren't.

Trust me, I used to be all Mac, I get it. It would be great if they made the best editing machines on the planet again, but they just don't. Period. If you want the Mac experience and you're not throwing anything too heavy at it, then sure, the iMac is nice. But if you are truly looking for the best 4K editing system for your money, it's not going to be this. And sadly, no amount of money put into upgrades to the iMac will make it sufficient.

November 5, 2014 at 4:37PM

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Daniel Keywan Hollister
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I worried as well, and couldn't find anyone, even Adobe to check if the playback acceleration worked with the AMD card.
So I bought it. And it does. Relief.

No question, the fully specked 5K iMac runs Adobe very well... I can't deny Final Cut would probably run faster but there's no surprise there.

March 20, 2015 at 6:21PM

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James Coote
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Oh and I can play back 6K Dragon footage with no lag.
Though I'd mention that before you buy a PC and become morally obliged to shave off your hipster beard.

March 20, 2015 at 6:25PM

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James Coote
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