Mac Pro

The Mac Pro has been a professional’s workhorse. My Mac Pro is a 2008 model, and it is still a strong computer workstation. I use it daily for video editing and multimedia production. This Mac Pro has been maxed out with several hard drives and other upgrades. The Mac Pro has 22GB of memory, and a startup 1TB SSD on a PCI card for fast booting. There are three 4TB drives that form a RAID. There are two 8TB project and archive drives. It is great to be able to have all of my videos, graphics and data available online locally on one computer. The graphics card has been upgraded from a NVIDIA graphics card with only 512MB – to an NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti with 2 GB of VRAM, supporting up to three monitors. My primary monitor is a 30″ 4K Apple Cinema Display connected to the DVI port. The second display is a Toshiba 24″ HD monitor connected to the HDMI port. (This HDMI port does not carry audio.) The third port on the NVIDIA graphics card is a DisplayPort, which used with an HDMI dongle is connected to an Atomos Ninja2 HDMI touchscreen monitor-recorder with 1TB SSD. I have also added four USB 3.0 ports on a PCI card (the Mac Pro only came with USB 2.0).

I use an Apple wired keyboard, an Apple Mouse 2 and Apple Trackpad 2 as interfaces. I use a Logitech camera and mic for Skype and similar apps. I use a Sony USB speaker for audio. I use the Firewire port with a Sony DVCAM video editing deck. I use the other Firewire port with a Lacie 1TB backup RAID hard disk. I have additonal USB 3.0 hubs and USB 3.0 hard drives with various projects.

My 2008 Mac Pro is running on macOS El Capitan, booted from a 1TB SSD which is mounted on a PCI card. I primarily use the Mac Pro for editing in Adobe CS6 Premiere, Photoshop and the other apps in the suite. I also use Final Cut Pro X and Quicktime. I have Parallels Desktop to virtually run Ubuntu Linux and Windows, which I do to stay in touch with those OS experiences. I am finding that this aluminum Mac Pro model with upgraded NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti 2 GB graphics card and other hardware additons is adequate for HD video editing. Testing is showing that compared to newer hardware, the aluminum Mac Pro is in the lower 50% of workstation speeds for CPU and GPU horsepower.

The more recent 2013 black Mac Pro model does not have the same form factor or internal room for drive expansion. The Thunderbolt ports and adding a USB expansion chassis allows for multiple external USB drives. Novabench gives a benchmark about 150% faster than the earlier aluminum Mac Pro models. I use a black Mac Pro in another part of the network for archive purposes and other projects, with an 8TB external USB 3.0 hard disk.