Although the just announced Mac minis don't seem to be out in the wild yet, the geekbench developers have written an interesting article estimating it's likely performance:
Although single-core performance is slightly improved over the 2012 model, as many predicted multi-core performance takes a massive hit owing to the lack of a quad-core configuration in the new lineup.
There's no discussion of what difference Intel Iris (in the mid and top level 2014 model) will have over the 2012 model's Intel HD 4000 though.
So which matters more to video editors, multi-core, or better graphics performance? (or, something else, like super fast storage, a thunderbolt RAID 0 or something?)
Anyone have any thoughts on how say, the mid-tier 2014 Mac mini with Intel Iris would compare to a second-hand or refurbed quad-core model from 2012 (which would only have Intel HD 4000), for running FCPX?
I'm talking about short, single-cam personal projects in FCPX (ie no deadlines, I can make a cup of tea while it renders), 1080p AVCHD and Prores 422, occasional processor-intensive effects like Neat Video NR or Optical Flow, I'm not needing or expecting anything screaming fast.
I am debating whether to jump into the Canon 5D Mark III Raw video capture world, but as I have been researching the topic and equipment further I am now wondering what kind of real world computer performance in necessary in order to edit Raw video?
I have a Mac Pro (2009) with 16gb RAM and four internal HDs (500GB for OS and three 2TB for storage).
Until now I've only edited ProRes in Final Cut 7 on my machine, and I've never had a performance problem. Moving into Raw shooting, however, I wondering if this will change my computer performance needs dramatically.
I'm planning on editing either in ProRes or Cineform in Final Cut 7, but I wasn't sure if the higher quality files and larger sizes of shooting Raw would force me to change my setup dramatically?
I will most likely need an external backup system to handle the larger storage needs, but I was wondering if investing in a RAID system is necessary?
I was also wondering is there were any dramatic performance need difference between editing with ProRes vs. Cineform? Does one require more power to run smoothly?
I was also wondering where my money would be better invested in updates? If I want better performance would it be smarter to add more RAM? Or would I be better served by buying a RAID system?
Any input on how others shooting with Raw feel is greatly appreciated. Please don't hesitate to add comments and insights beyond the scope of my initial questions here.
Thanks so much. I look forward to your responses.