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MotionRevolver
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Yeah ever since Apple started putting them in their computers I’ve been waiting for prices to come down. They’re definitely awesome, but I think a bit overpriced at the moment.

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VidnoaDesign
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hmmmm. i think it will be perfect . i will buy an ssd (:

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An interesting video to go along with this topic: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/15/27-inch-imac-core-i7-with-ssd-is-fastest-mac-ever/

Hi i just bought the new imac 27” i7 but without and ssd because i think they’re quite overpriced by apple as you said. Of course the ssd brings you a lot of speed improvement but i think this mostly matters when it comes to open programs or start the pc. For rendering a Raid 0 array works very good, so in my case i spent some of the money a ssd would have cost on Ram which i think is more important. Just Sharing my process :)

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I’d be interested to find out how SSDs perform in the real world. Whether they make a difference over RAIDs.

For After Effects, fast disk access isn’t exactly critical for most motion graphics work. There’s not a lot of files being read in, but there’s a lot of processing going on, which is the bottle neck. And working with proxies is pretty good if you are reading lots of sources in from disk.

But I wonder how it helps if you work with disk cache.

After Effects is a frustrating and erratic renderer. I know it’s doing something, but it’s not very transparent what it’s doing or why it sometimes takes so long. Downsizing and transcoding a sequence, for instance, can bring my entire computer to a standstill and take an unprecedentedly long time. I have no idea why. It appears to be writing one helluva lot of information to and from disk, which I guess is some kind of disk-cache-gone-wrong.

I think AE’s chief rendering problem is probably something to do with its interim layer caching. It’s no secret why there’s a switch to disable layer caching in the “Secret” settings. CS5 throws 64bit and more RAM addressing at the problem, but I can’t help but feel that the core inefficiency is still there.

By comparison, Cinema 4D rendering seems solid as a rock – and that’s doing something far more complex.

-f.

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ivezicm
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I’m not familiar with hardware but I wonder, is it possible to use that SSD PCI express hard drives as ram?

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ivezicm unfortunately you can’t do that :)

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hah good work… working on 500gb ssd for my main work computer… would love to get one on my laptop to save battery life and be extremely fast but I also need a new laptop so i’m torn.

Hi,which ssd do you have?You are on a Mac Pro aren’t you?

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