How long-term would a video card upgrade for my Mac Pro be?
September 24, 2011 7:21 AM Subscribe
If I upgrade the video card in my Mac Pro to allow me to upgrade Final Cut Pro X, can I be confident that I will be able to continue using the software with this computer for the foreseeable future?
posted by Grangousier to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I was one of those people who managed to buy Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 despite the fact that the video cards of my Macs weren't OpenCL (a 2008 MacBook and 2007 Mac Pro - I didn't realise it was a problem at the time). However, now the first upgrades have come out when I try to upgrade I'm told "Your computer's video card does not meet the minimum system requirements". This appears to have been a mistake of Apple's by allowing me to buy the software in the first place, but now it's done. I know about the workaround of downloading to a compatible Mac and copying the application file, but that's not relevant here as I don't have a currently compatible Mac. There's no hope for the MacBook, but I can upgrade the Mac Pro (2 x 3GHz Dual-Core Xeon with 11GB of 667 MHz RAM) to an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB Graphics card - which does have OpenCL and ought theoretically to allow me to upgrade FCP and Motion. Without any critique of Apple as a company, FCPX as professional video editing software or indeed any snark whatsoever:
1. If I buy and install the 5770, with how much confidence can I be sure that it will be recognised as compatible and that I will be able to upgrade the software?
2. Will this mean that I can be confident to follow the upgrade path of this major release of FCPX without needing to buy a new Mac (which I really can't afford)? I'm not necessarily keen on upgrading to Lion on this Mac right now, but that's a separate issue.