I’ve been putting together some PC specs for a machine to use for installations
We want 4 - 6 direct outputs from the machine, (which may also then be split further, e.g. for 8 projectors).
My first choice is to base the system around a Radeon R9 295x2
I’m keen on having Thunderbolt support to keep compatibility with hardware we’re using on OSX (e.g. hard drives, BlackMagic)
Also small form factor / easily travels is a big plus
I’ve noticed that you can get a Mac Pro with 2 x AMD FirePro D700’s for $4,600, which is only a little higher than we are expecting to spend on the PC cost. And it’s pretty compact, good warranty (for me as i’m travelling), lots of extra features (e.g. PCIe storage) and can run OSX also
2 x D700 combined has 4096 stream processors, whilst the R9 295x2 has 5632 stream processors (it’s 2 chips GPU combined, but since it’s a single card, these pretty much act as a single GPU afaik)
- Does the Mac Pro support flexible EyeFinity options across 6 outputs (e.g. 4x1 team + 2 individual)
- Would the 2 x AMD FirePro D700 act as 2 separate cards (e.g. each connected with 3 outputs), thereby resulting in lower performance and compatibility than a single card solution. Or perhaps it just acts as a single card? The fact that each card has it’s own memory makes me believe that it’ll act as 2 cards (with resulting issues).
- Are there any awkward limitations of features with the Mac Pro when using Windows
Appreciate if anybody has any experience here!