Desktop PC vs Macbook Pro for Video Editing…?!

Deciding between PC workstation and a Macbook Pro for video editing? Find out just how well does the ‘efficiency’ of a Mac compares to a Desktop PC’s power when editing video.


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Macbook Pro:
► Model Tested: 2014, 2.5GHz i7, 16GB 1600MHz RAM, NVIDIA GT 750M 2GB.
Latest 2017 Model (Amazon)

PC Build: (Gear provided by MSI)
► Motherboard: MSI Z370 SLI PLUS (Amazon)
► CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K 3.7GHz 6 Cores (Amazon)
► RAM: Kingston PREDATOR: 4x 8GB (32GB) @ 3000MHz (Amazon)
► Graphics Card: NVIDIA MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB GDDR5X (Amazon)
► SSD: 256GB Intel 600P M.2 SSD (Amazon)
► HDD: Seagate Barracuda Pro: 4TB (Amazon)
► Cooling: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID 240 (Amazon)
► Case: Cooler Master H500P (Amazon)
► Power Supply: Cooler Master V750 (Amazon)

Video Editing Software We Use:

► PC & Mac: Adobe Premiere Pro.
► Mac: Final Cut Pro.

Check out MSI’s 4k Video Editing PC Guide.

Desktop PC vs Macbook Pro: Best Computer for Video Editing?

PC vs Mac – it’s that age old debate on which is better… When it comes to video editing, Mac gets a lot of attention for being efficient and optimized, and PC gets the title for most ‘bang for buck’ power and customization.

So what happens when we take that to the extreme?

Just how well does the ‘efficiency’ of a Mac compare to a Desktop PC’s power, when we compare an OLD Macbook Pro against a brand new, high spec’d PC for video editing? And do the results change how we recommend either platform for video production? That’s what we’re looking at in this video!

Gear Provided by MSI!
The PC in this video and all its components were provided by MSI. We were looking to upgrade one of our PC’s, and MSI reached out offering to send us some of their awesome gear. We provided them with our standard terms (TL;DR version: “Sounds great, BUT we will only ever present our full, unfiltered, unbiased opinions – both good and bad”). Not only did they agree, they insisted we go all out with our thoughts on the good, the bad, the awesome & the ugly. They sent us the full PC, and we’ve been basking in its awesomeness ever since.

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