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AMD Radeon Pro 5600M MacBook Pro for After Effects 2020

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Hi fellow AE users,

I am considering going all out on a MacBook Pro.  I realize that a PC is better bang for the buck, but have gotten very used to the Apple OS and other workflow details, so I am willing to deal with the unfair price tag.

 

That being said I am considering the upgrade to AMD Radeon Pro 5600M.

 

It comes at a very heft 600usd just for the Video card upgrade alone.   The card seems to be very fast with lots of other apps, but will it help After Effects in a considerable way?

 

Curious if anyone has any experience, or suggestions on where to search for more info.

 

Also any other general 2020 MacBook Pro suggestions for how to optimize a new unit to AE are very welcome.  

 

Thanks all!

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AMD Radeon Pro 5600M MacBook Pro for After Effects 2020

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Hi fellow AE users,

I am considering going all out on a MacBook Pro.  I realize that a PC is better bang for the buck, but have gotten very used to the Apple OS and other workflow details, so I am willing to deal with the unfair price tag.

 

That being said I am considering the upgrade to AMD Radeon Pro 5600M.

 

It comes at a very heft 600usd just for the Video card upgrade alone.   The card seems to be very fast with lots of other apps, but will it help After Effects in a considerable way?

 

Curious if anyone has any experience, or suggestions on where to search for more info.

 

Also any other general 2020 MacBook Pro suggestions for how to optimize a new unit to AE are very welcome.  

 

Thanks all!

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It simply doesn't matter which recent GPU you put into your system. None of them will improve AE performance in a remarkable way. Only 3rd party addons which are GPU based will benefit.

I'm working on a GTX1080 and the card is hardly used by AE.

 

AE is optimized for Windows, Intel, NVidia (Cuda in particular) - but will work on your Apple as well. You should focus on single thread performance of the CPU. The higher the clock speed, the better. 4 cores at 4Ghz will be faster then 8 cores at 2 Ghz for example. And you should put in as much RAM as possible. I'm working with 64GB and I'm already pushing the limits when doing 360° stuff.

If you have enough RAM, your final renders will be way faster if you use on of the available render managers. Check aescripts or google for that.

 

*Martin

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Thanks for the response Martin.  Very helpful.  I ened up getting it figuring that it wasn't the best use of my cash, but praying somehow AE might in the next 3/5 years be optimized for more GPU and multi thread stuff.

 

Thanks for the tip on the render manager via aescripts, will check out.  Cheers!

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