I'm going to buy a 27 inch iMac for video editing with Final Cut Pro x. Should I upgrade to a fusion drive or just stick with the 1999 model and just upgrade the ram myself?
asked Feb 17 '13 at 05:49
For doing intensive computing activities such as video editing through Final Cut Pro X, a HDD is going to be fine (I personally have a 2010 Macbook Pro using a HDD) but if you are the kind of person who does ALOT of video editing, and constantly catching up with deadlines, I suggest you either go with all flash architecture or a Fusion Drive.
Just so you know (if you haven't already), the Fusion Drive isn't like any hybrid drives you see in the market. The Fusion Drive utilises both flash and HDD. It transfers your apps, boot your system, starts and runs your apps in flash, whilst keeping the least used apps in the HDD unless needed in the future. So what you get is the speed of an SSD, and the storage capacity of a HDD.
Bottom line: If you're just doing video editing once in a while, and not in a rush, stick with the HDD and stick with the stock pricing. And if you're an intensive FCPX user and meeting deadlines, upgrade to a Fusion Drive, or even better, go all flash. You might want to consider upgrading your processor too.
Hope this helps! Have a nice day!
answered Feb 17 '13 at 10:43