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Old 10 October 2012   #1
New Imac a competitor for the Mac Pro?

I need to travel quite a lot next year, shipping the macpro together with a peli case is above 32kg which means cargo shipping, expensive. therefor i was wondering if the new iMac together with some mac mini renderslaves is a good alternative... it's pure renderspeed i am worried about.

Current Mac Pro:
Processor 2 x 2,93 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
Memory 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB

New Imac:
3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz).
32 GB Ram
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Old 10 October 2012   #2
I'd be scared of rendering anything that took too long in that razor thin enclosure on the new iMacs.

Time will tell. I'll let others spend their money and see what problems pop up first.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #3
You might find these threads of interest. It's a little out of date, but since the Mac Pro hasn't changed in years, it's still relevant. It's a good way to think about rendering potential. Break down each machine to Cost per Cinebench unit.

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=952600

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=995528
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Old 10 October 2012   #4
Thanks Navstar! will check it out.
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Old 10 October 2012   #5
The figures on the first link are too out of date to be of any use. However, the methodology is spot on.
Just create a spreadsheet with the CB scores and computer prices.
You may be surprised at the results.

The new Mac Mini with the Intel QuadCore i7 should have a CB score of around 6.4.
It will blow the MacPros and iMacs out the water for rendering power per buck!

If you are worried about heat issues in small enclosures buy with 3 year Apple Care!

Finally has anyone noticed this.
"Individually calibrated for true-to-life color.
None of these innovations would matter much if the iMac display didn’t deliver vivid, true-to-life color. Which is why we put every single display through an exacting color-calibration process using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers: one to measure gamma, one to measure white point, and one to check the work of the other two. This equipment is tuned to meet color standards recognized around the world for precision and accuracy."

Source: Apple Apple iMac Design
 
Old 10 October 2012   #6
ThanksPenboack!

So basicly if i buy 3 new mac mini's and a new iMac i should have the render speed of my Mac Pro?

Apart of this, to render a still with vray with all the clients i will need the upcoming DR function, correct?
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Old 10 October 2012   #7
Assuming your current setup has a CB score of around 15 then possibly 75% more rendering power .

It is also a rather more flexible setup.
There are some downsides though, render previews will be much slower, as these will only utilise 4 physical cores instead of 12. 16GB of RAM might be a limitation if you work with very large scenes. GPU performance however should be better particularly if you go for the GTX 680M with 2GB VRAM.

What we could do with, when MAXON update NET Render , is the ability to use render clients when rendering to the picture viewer. You can do this in Vue Infinite using RenderCows. It would be great to be able to do something similar in Cinema 4D.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #8
Awesome! About rendering in the viewport being slower, is it an option if you render low res to the pictureviewer, will then all clients be rendering?
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Old 10 October 2012   #9
You'll need Net Render if you want to use all the clients, and without DR that means you'll have to use camera tiling, which is an option but certainly not convenient for previews (since you need to stitch your images back together).

Better just get used to render very low rez or do some region renders at full rez on one machine.
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Old 10 October 2012   #10
@Sébastien was indeed afraid of that, thanks for confirming!
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Old 10 October 2012   #11
Also, there's only two graphic cards to choose from correct?

I'm in the market for a new workstation and I've been eying the HP z820 but the new Imac caught my attention for the price and well I'd still be on OSX.

Cheers,
Josh
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Old 10 October 2012   #12
if you can wait for the next-gen Mac Pro, it will be out around Jan, from what I can tell. I'm getting one and I'll be reviewing it for Ars Technica.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #13
Do you really think Apple are going to continue the Mac Pro?
It doesn't seem to fit with Apple's "Anorexic" strategy, make everything as thin as possible.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #14
None of the extensive rumor sites have any inkling of a new Mac Pro, especially one in such a close timeframe like January. Apple can't seem to hide their supply chain anymore. Surely something would have shown up by now if they are planning something for January 2013.

I'll believe in a new Mac Pro when I see it.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #15
Originally Posted by penboack: Do you really think Apple are going to continue the Mac Pro?
It doesn't seem to fit with Apple's "Anorexic" strategy, make everything as thin as possible.


They could make a rackmount MacPro. I wouldn't mind a smaller enclosure as thunderbolt would allow some offloading of capability to external units. So long as it has plenty of other connectors for all my old drives and monitors. But really I don't need 4 drive bays and more than one graphic card slot. 1 regular HD bay, 1 small HD bay for SSD, 1 BluRay, 1 Card slot, USB 3, FW, ESata, Thunderbolt, HDMI/HDSDI...
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