Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

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Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 10:29 am

Hi,

I want to buy a used iMac to work with DaVinci Resolve (can't afford a newer one) and would appreciate some help here a lot. I have two options and was wondering if one of the iMacs with the following specs would run DaVinci Resolve?
Most of all I'm not sure about the whole OpenCL/CADU compatibility regarding the graphics chip.

OPTION A:
iMac Mid 2010
Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6
2.8GHz Intel Core i5
22 GB RAM (1333 MHz DDR3)
512 GB SSD Drive
1TB HD Drive
ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024MB


OPTION B:
iMac Mid 2010
Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6
3.06GHz Intel Core i3
8 GB RAM (1333 MHz DDR3) (could be upgraded)
1TB SSHD (Flash & HDD combined)
ATI Radeon HD 4670 256MB


I'm not exactly an expert with this, thanks a lot for your help :-)

Peter
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 10:54 am

Hi, i think you will need a far more modern iMac. Please review the config guide for expectations.
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 11:54 am

Hi Peter,

thanks for your quick reply and the link. Alright, I was afraid so...

A last quick question:
I forgot to mention I'd be willing to use an older version of DaVinci Resolve. Since they're available down to Resolve 10 on your site — would that do the trick with that kind of outdated hardware? Probably not I guess, but I'm trying to check every possible option.

Thanks!
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 12:51 pm

The first one might work to a limited degree with timelines of 1280 by 720 and sources with a light codec, like ProRes. But it won't be much fun.
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 pm

If anyone comes across this with a similar question I Just thought I'd let you know:

I risked going for the first iMac "OPTION A" and it works like a charm so far. Can't confirm that it isn't much fun — it is :-)

I have to admit that I've only tested it with videos in 1080p and didn't use Fusion so far. I realize that I might discover some limitations, but for know I'm all good.

Still, thanks for your opinions on the issue.

Bye!
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostTue Feb 12, 2019 7:43 am

Sometimes I'm still impressed by how stable Resolve can be on an underpowered Mac.
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Re: Will this iMac run DaVinci Resolve?

PostTue Feb 12, 2019 8:27 am

Sometimes I'm truly baffled why people insist on buying decade old hardware to run Resolve instead of buying a modern computer or using a piece of software that has more lax system requirements.

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