BruceX: Try this new Final Cut Pro X benchmark

To help people work out which Macs work best with Final Cut Pro X, it is useful to refer to a standard speed test.

All but one of the MacBook Pros with Retina configurations do not have dedicated GPUs. New Mac software is depending more and more on GPU power. Editors want to know if the integrated Intel Iris and Iris Pro Graphics GPUs are powerful enough to run professional software well.

Early testing shows that Iris Pro graphics are better than many expected. Take a look at a new post at Bare Feats:

In the past we sneered at the integrated GPUs and their puny performance. Not any more. The Intel Iris and Iris Pro are every bit the match or master of discrete NVIDIA Mobile GPUs — at least when it comes to OpenCL acceleration.

Although it is great news that integrated GPUs are getting better, many are worried that the MacBook Pros should be avoided until Iris Pro has improved a little more.

A speed test proposed by was to time the render of Final Cut Pro X’s built-in ‘Far Far Away’ title on a 23.975 1080p timeline. This test puts enough pressure on main memory and GPU memory to separate older generation Macs from more recent computers.

Over at the the forum, qbe asked me to do the ‘Far Far Away’ test on my new late 2013 MacBook Pro 15″ using only the built-in Iris Pro Graphics and also on only the Discrete GeForce GT 750M GPU which I included in my BTO Mac.

It turns out that the test wasn’t tough enough to show a difference between the two GPUs:

MacBook Pro late-2013 Discrete GeForce GT 750M 2GB 18.8 seconds
MacBook Pro late-2013 Intel Iris Pro Graphics 1GB 19.2 seconds

I’ve come up with a test that shows the differences between these GPUs and other Macs…

The BruceX benchmark

BruceX is a small Final Cut Pro X XML file that you import into Final Cut Pro. It creates a very short timeline at a high resolution: 5120 by 2700 (at 23.975 fps). It uses standard Final Cut generators, titles and transitions. As it uses many layers of complex content, it requires lots of GPU RAM.

The Bruce X benchmark is based on timing how long a Mac configuration takes to export the project.

Short instructions

To use this, open the Final Cut Pro library at

…and time the export of a 5K master file from the timeline.

Detailed instructions

1. Have both QuickTime Player and Final Cut Pro open at the same time.

2. In Final Cut Pro, go to ‘Final Cut Pro:Preferences…’ – in the Playback tab make sure ‘Background render’ is off.


3. Make sure no libraries are open. Open the BruceX.fcpbundle library which contains a very short but complex 5K project.

4. Click the new ‘BruceX Test – 5K ‘ project timeline (this makes the Share command selectable)

5. Export the QuickTime movie by choosing “File:Share:Master File…’

6. In the dialogue box that appears, click the ‘Settings’ Tab

7. In the ‘Video Codec’ section choose a flavour of ‘ProRes’


8. From the ‘When Done’ pop-up menu, choose ‘Open With QuickTime Player’


9. Click the ‘Next…’ button in the bottom-right of the dialogue box

10. In the Save sheet, choose a name and location for the export – export to your fastest drive connected using your fastest connection.

11. Get your stopwatch ready and time from when you click ‘Save’ until you see the movie open up in QuickTime Player.

12. If possible do the export at least three times. Your configuration’s BruceX Score is the average export time in seconds. Before timing the next export, restart Final Cut (otherwise the exports speed up each time because X does a little caching renders to save time).

BruceX Final Cut Pro X benchmark

These results include those posted at the Forum and from

The results show that BruceX tests processor power, but also shows that Iris Pro Graphics has some way to go to match a discrete graphics GPU in the new MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina

MacBook Pro late-2013 2.6 Ghz Quad Core i7
16GB 1600 MHz
Discrete GeForce GT 750M 2GB GPU
OS X 10.9.0
88 seconds

MacBook Pro late-2013 2.6 Ghz Quad Core i7
16GB 1600 MHz
Iris Pro Graphics 1GB GPU
OS X 10.9.0
163 seconds

( To choose which GPU to use for the test on my MacBook Pro, I used gfxCardStatus by Cody Krieger – a Shareware app downloaded from )

  1. 15-inch, Mid 2012 MBP
    Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB

    My result after the average of three exports: 135 seconds, exporting to a 5400rpm external drive via Thunderbolt. Seems to be right about where it should be according to the other findings, given the drive speed.

    Interesting test.

  2. 53 second average
    Late-2013 27-inch iMac 14,2
    3.5gHz i7
    Memory 32GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096MB

  3. Ross Hunter said:

    27inch iMac, mid 2011
    3.4ghz Intel i7
    16GB RAM
    AMD Radeon HD6970M
    average time 49:39

  4. qbe said:

    Ivy Bridge 4.2GHz
    32GB RAM
    AMD 7970
    time 30.5

    From results two instances are noted. Hack with 660Ti took really long, acording to specs it should be way more powerful than 750m, but that is a hack and i for one know, cannot take it as general rule/basis without broader specimens.

    The second instance worth noting is performance of previous rMBP (early 2012), 750m should be only little faster than 660m, the big difference here is amount of VRAM. This reason is, by my opinion, also hindering Iris Pro in this particular instance, as the test is really complex for GPU and as shown in Anandtech test, when Iris Pro is set on higher detail or resolutions (in games, DirectX or OpenGL, but i assume behaviour should be same in OpenCL), it starts slow down rather fast due to low amount of VRAM (or the whole igpu shared ram system to make things worse)

    As there are no other test except one very easy and one very complex, i assume that for basic stuff with FCP-X Iris Pro is sufficient, but for heavy lifting or other apps nvidia 750m is actually very handy.
    I only assume though, but will wait for more tests (barefeats), as i would love one of the new machines, but I need it only for easy stuff in FCPX, i have desktop for all the heavy lifting. Previous generation rMBP become viable alternative though, which makes the decision harder.

    Thanks for the test and your time Alex4D, much apreciated!

    ps: sorry for my english

  5. qbe said:

    correction in coment above this:

    …750m should be only little faster than 650m,…

  6. Markus Metz said:

    175 sec average on a

    Mac Pro 2 x 2,26 GHz Quad Core (early 2009)
    12 GB RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB

  7. MGM said:

    MacbookPro e2011 17″ 16GB NO SSD + THB Display + WD THB Raid

    134sec not so bad..

  8. kulishka said:

    44 seconds
    Mac Pro (Hackintosh)
    Processor 3.89 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 20
    Software OS X 10.9 (13A603)
    Intel SSD drive 180GB
    FCPX 10.0.9

  9. Johnny said:

    Wow. Is there something wrong with my Mac?
    Took 1hr 14m 03s to complete!

    15″ MacBook Pro 2.4 i5 (mid 2010)
    8gb 1067 ddr3
    750gb internal hdd (5400)
    Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63)
    FCPX 10.0.8

    My ram is maxed out, other than adding an ssd, looks like I need a new Mac, right?

  10. Tim said:

    27″ iMac 2.66 i5 (late 2009)
    16 Gb RAM @ 1067 MHz DDR3
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    HDD 1Tb (270 Gb free space)
    Mavericks OS
    FCP X 10.0.9

    Time: 3 minutes 2 seconds

  11. animatola said:

    Here are my results, all with Mavericks 10.9.0, FCPX 10.0.9 and rendered to SSD.

    MacPro 2008 8x 2,8GHz
    20GB RAM
    NVidia GTX 570 2560MB
    Time: 110 seconds

    MacBook Pro Early 2011 i7 2,3GHz
    16GB RAM
    ATI 6750M 1024MB
    Time: 160 seconds

    Old Hackintosh Intel i5-760 3.8GHz
    8GB RAM 1600MHz
    ATI 6870 1024MB
    Time: 93 seconds

    I tested my new Hackintosh with different GPU configurations:

    Hackintosh Intel i7 4770K 4,3GHz
    32GB RAM 2133MHz

    Internal Graphics Iris Pro, Intel HD4600:
    Time: 138 seconds

    Intel HD4600 + ATI R9 280x (single and dual)
    Time: 53-62 seconds

    Single ATI R9 280x (HIS IceQ Boost Clock) Internal GPU disabled
    Time: 26 seconds

    Dual ATI R9 280x (HIS IceQ + Gigabyte Windforce 3x OC Rev.2) Internal GPU disabled
    Time: 22 seconds

    Interesting to see that FCPX doesn’t scale very well with multiple GPUs (yet). Especially with enabled Intel HD everything is bottlenecked by the internal graphics (at least on my Hackintosh). LuxMark on the other hand scales much better:
    Scene: Sala (Medium Benchmark)
    1x ATI 2260-2440
    2x ATI 4670
    2x ATI + Intel = 4900

    But I guess that’ll change with OSX 10.9.1 and FCPX 10.1 with support for the new mac pro.

  12. Interesting…
    Working with a Hackintosh
    Intel 4.2 GHz Core i7
    32 GB Ram 1600MHz DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048 MB

    Time: 68 seconds
    *however* the output file is just a blank black video….

    Any thoughts on what may be happening here? I was wondering if there any settings I may have missed…
    Generally runs well but I’ve felt that the render of the regular vids I’ve been working on has been slow… That said they are still coming out perfect, so I am scratching my head why the BruceX vid is blank

    Any help or suggestions is always appreciated.

    Dr George

  13. hi there, maybe a stupid question but does this translate into 1080p rendering. I have for example 20+ h of a conference to render. How long will this take with the 280x, HD 7950 and h3000? Thanks

  14. hi will this transform back to 1080p render speed? how long would it take me to render 1 h of 1080p (no special effects, just some title) with a R9 280x vs HD 7950 vs gtx 760 vs Intel HD4000? or will this increase in speed only be noticeable while rendering much higher then 1080p video? Thanks

  15. Ben said:

    iMAC 27″ Late 2012 (3,4 GHZ Intel Core i7 “Ivy Bridge”)
    Mavericks 10.9.1
    FCP 10.1

    RAM: 32 Go 1600 MHZ DDR3
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2048Mo

    on LaCie 7200 RPM (FW800): 75 seconds
    on internal drive (Fusion SSD 128 Mo and HD 3TO 7200 RPM): 74 seconds

  16. Ben said:

    The test doesn’t work with H.264 export (error message from FCPX, whatever the player is)
    Works with PRORES 422

    • Terry said:

      The same happens to me. I googled for the error code (-12348) but nobody has an answer.
      On ProRes 422(HQ) 1 min 24 sec.
      iMac 27″: 3,4 GHz Intel Core i7; 24 GB 1600 MHz DDR3; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2048 MB
      external HDD : LaCie 3TB, 7200rpm, Thunderbolt.

  17. ALEX said:

    Intel Core i7 3.5 GHz
    16 GB Ram 1600MHz DDR3
    XFX AMD Radeon™ HD7970
    MSI R9 280X GAMING 3G
    SSD 240GB SanDisk Extreme

    Mavericks 10.9.1
    FCP 10.1

    Time: 16 seconds


    • ozgur7 said:

      it is kind of rookie of you to export 720p and post your score here for 5K…

  18. Yep, it really seems like AMD cards have a massive advantage on OpenCL. I have a GTX 670 and it also seemed very slow compared to some very similar cards on the AMD side (I’m thinking about the 7950, maybe 7970, which are about as fast as the GTX 670/GTX 760. I went NVIDIA because of CUDA acceleration in AE and other 3D stuff and mostly due to better support with Hackintoshes. I always knew OpenCL on AMD was WAYYY better, but I’m still quite shocked by the result..

    My specs:
    4.2 GHz i7 3770k
    16GB 1866 MHz RAM
    Samsung 840 EVO 500GB
    Zotac GTX 670 AMP! 2GB (this card is one of the best 670s, quicker than a lot of 680s. Also a bit faster than the GTX 760)

    Time: 65 seconds

  19. So to make a closer test the mac mini’s tested should have a 7200rpm drive or SSD, I believe and this is an educated guess that part of the disparity in the graph above isn’t JUST the video card but also writing the render results/cache to disk on a 5400 rpm drive

  20. sandro said:

    iMac 2009
    Core i7 2,8 GHz
    8 gb Ram
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 Mo
    HDD intern

    Time : 216s…

    OUCH ! Time to get a new Mac Pro 😉

  21. Twig said:

    Thanks for this test! Unfortunately I’m echoing what Ben said, for me this export won’t work in H.264. I can get it to work on PRORES 422 with no problem but that doesn’t help me judge against every one else’s benchmarks.

    I made sure other projects will export on H.264 and trashed and reloaded the BruceX XML file and tried again but got the same results:

    “Share Failed”
    The share operation “Master File” has failed.
    The operation could not be completed because an error occurred while exporting (error -12348).

    Shucks. This was exactly the test I was looking for. If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

    MBP 17in, Early 2011
    2.2 GHz i7
    16 GB 1333 DDR3 RAM
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024 MB
    Mavericks 10.9
    FCPX 10.1

    For what it’s worth I went through a dozen threads on how to fix export problems. As far as I can tell this is project specific as I can export other H.264 projects.

  22. tonykambo said:

    Mac Pro Quad Core 2 x 2.66 GHz (2006 model)
    16 GB RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 4770 1024 MB
    3 x 500 GB Striped RAID Set (Blackmagic Disk Speed Test reports 150.7 MB/s Write and 167.8 MB/s Read)
    Final Cut Pro X
    Mac OS X 10.7.5 (can’t upgrade!)

    3 minutes 9 seconds

    My MacBook Pro 15″ Mid 2009 2.7 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512MB wouldn’t even render it out, Final Cut Pro X would stop after 20 seconds and report an error.

    Time for an upgrade?

  23. Moridin said:

    I tried to run this on the newest Mac Pro late 2013, maxed out with 12-cores, 64 GB’s of RAM and 1 TB SSD + D700 and I got an error. FCPX was at the newest version too.


    • Alex said:

      Thanks for trying – it is a bug in 10.1.1 – people who have upgraded have been exporting as ProRes instead

  24. Moridin said:

    I’m guessing exporting to ProRes is not comparable to H.264?

  25. Moridin said:

    Got my buddy to run it on a Hackintosh:

    i7-4770K @ 4.6/4.5/4.4/4.4 (1/2/3/4 cores) GHz
    32 GB RAM
    Asus R280X
    2x Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB in RAID 0

    25 secs.

  26. Moridin said:

    I ran it on my iMac too:

    iMac11,1 (late 2009)
    i7 2.8 GHz
    12 GB RAM
    Kingston HyperX 240GB

    • Moridin said:

      Dammit forgot the result.

      2 mins, 26 secs = 266 secs.

      • Barry said:

        146 seconds.

  27. I’m getting this error.. The operation could not be completed because an error occurred while exporting (error -12348).

    • Alex said:

      Due to bugs in 10.1.X concerning H.264 BruceX results are for ProRes export for now.

      • Apple ProRes 422 HQ – 27 seconds –

        Apple Mac Pro 6 core / D500 / 512Gb SSD / 32Gb ram

  28. Flokoloni said:

    150 seconds. 2 mins and 30 seconds on Macbook Pro Retina 13 Inch, Late 2013, 16gb Ram. For me good enough!

  29. kic said:

    2010 Mac Pro 3.33 GHZ 6 core, 12 GB RAM.

    Geforce 680 (4GB RAM): 1 minute 47 seconds
    Radeon 7950 (3GB RAM): 41 seconds
    Dual R9 280X (3GB RAM each): 28 seconds

    Not too shabby for an old machine. Definitely not as fast as the hackintoshes with 280Xs, but I’m not complaining.

  30. 2013 Mac Pro
    Processor 3,5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
    Memory 32 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 ECC
    Graphics AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB
    Software OS X 10.9.2 (13C64)
    G-Raid 8TB Thunderbolt

    11 seconds :))

    Better than hackintosh….

    • Alex said:

      really better?)


      Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
      Intel i7-4770k 3.5 GHz (internal graphics HD4600 on)
      Sapphire R9 390(non-x) 8192 MB
      Memory 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
      OS X 10.11.1

      13 seconds, lol

  31. said:

    3930K @ 4.5Ghz
    32GB RAM
    GTX 770 4GB
    HyperX SSD
    OS: 10.9.2

    80 Seconds! Very disappointed.

    • Dave said:

      Same system here (64GB RAM, though), same results. WTF??? I think I may have to sent the 770 back and get a radeon instead…Not impressed. Our systems should be SMOKING this test.

  32. Richard said:

    17.04 Seconds. Hackintosh

    4930K @ 4.5Ghz
    R9 280X x 2
    32Gb Ram

  33. Russell said:

    27-inch Mid-2010 iMac
    Processor 2.93 GHz 4-Core Intel Core i7
    Memory 12 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB
    OS: 10.9.2

    Used Internal 2TB 7200RPM Hitachi for export

    71 seconds

  34. Ryan McIntyre said:

    2009 Mac Pro
    Processor 2 x 2.26 GHz Quad- Core
    Memory 8GB 1066MHz DDR3
    Graphics: 2 x Geforce Gtx 560ti 1024MB each
    OSX: 10.9.3
    FCP 10.1.1
    Wrote to SSD

    Average Time: 100 seconds

  35. Custom Built Hackintosh dual Radeon 7950 3GB I7-3930k OC to 4.4

    20.48 sec

  36. woolooo said:

    Hello !
    Testing my new Hackintosh i7 3770k@4.4ghz + MSI R9 280x 3Gb
    OSX 10.9.3 – FCPX 10.1.1
    export ProRes (tried with two different ones, same results)
    time : 29 seconds !

  37. 2008 Mac Pro (3,1); 2 x 2.8 GHz Xeon, 16GB RAM, twin Radeon 5770’s
    FCP 10.1.1, OS 10.9.3
    Export to SSD
    38 secs

  38. Tterrafan said:

    Hackintosh Build:
    CPU: i7 4790K@4GHz
    Memory: 8GB 1866MHt DDR3
    Graphics: Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC 4096MB
    OS X: 10.10 (Yosemite)
    FCP: 10.1.3

    26,5 sec

  39. James Cross said:

    2007 Mac Pro 2.1 2X 8 Core 2.66 Xeon, 1 Sapphire AMD 7950
    6GB RAM, Kingston v300 SSD
    FCP 10.1.3, OS 10.9.4 (via boot.efi hack)
    80 seconds

  40. ozgur said:

    Hey I dont know why but ever since I upgraded my softwares my export time went up.

    Mavericks 10.9.3 & FCPX 10.1.2: 26-27 secs.
    Yosemite 10.10 & FCPX 10.1.3: 34-36 secs.

    Can anybody explain this?

  41. Kaczalski said:

    13″ MBP non retina Early 2011 2.3Ghz i5 8gb RAM, Intel HD3000 512MB export to USB3 drive – 264 seconds to playing QT

  42. Kaczalski said:

    Again for comparison on lower spec machines:
    Mac mini Late 2012 2.5Ghz i5 16gb RAM Intel HD4000 to USB3 drive – 207 secs

  43. Jason Newland said:

    Mac Pro Late 2013
    Processor 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
    Memory 64 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 ECC
    Graphics AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB X 2
    Software OS X 10.9.5 (13F34)
    1 TB Flash Storage
    FCPX Version 10.1.3

    iMac 27″ Late 2013
    Processor 3.5 Ghz intel Core i7
    Memory 32 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3
    Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB
    Software OS X 10.9.5
    3 TB Fusion

    So rendering H.264 failed to export Error 12348. So rendered BruceX in Prores 422
    Mac Pro took 19.7 seconds from start to opening in QT. file size 71.5 MB
    iMac took 93.4 seconds 73 MB

    So I didn’t change any hardware settings on the iMac don’t know if it was using the iris or Nvidia. humm that is related to MacBooks only.

    The Mac Pro is on loan from apple. We are testing it between our iMacs. When testing compression of 720p videos on green screen with background power points and audio compressions and color correction the mac pro took 2 times the rendering time of the iMac’s 4 minutes and 23 seconds render time with our 27 mins and 4 sec video. FCPX library size for project is 35.91 GB. shared as exported file with better performance selected. resolution 1280×720 QT. file size .99 GB with the iMac and file size with Mac Pro was 1.5 GB. After researching why the iMac out performed the Mac Pro, tell me if i’m wrong, but the Mac Pro’s GPUs can not be used when compressing videos on single pass, but the iMac can.

    Same test but selecting for better quality. and the mac pro wins at 16 mins and 40 secs. the iMac took 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

    Can anyone explain this. with better quality are we now getting into the double pass rendering where the mac pro’s GPUs can be utilized?

    I’m doing another test, but will share as mater file pro res 422. Mac pro took 3 mins and 59 secs. file size 14.47gb iMac is still rendering …. 83% okay iMac took 6 mins. with the same file size

    This is fun another test. redering master file uncompressed at 10 bit. hummm estimated size 123 GB. Never mind.

    What do you think?

  44. Russell said:

    Late 2013 rMBP 15 inch – bought in 2014 when speed bumps announced
    2.6GHz i7 Quad-core
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3
    1TB PCIe SSD
    GT 750M 2GB
    OSX 10.10 Yosemite
    FCPX 10.1.3

    77 seconds to internal SSD

  45. tiit said:


    Core i7 3770K
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    SoftRAID 5 (4x3TB)
    Yosemite 10.10.1 (256 GB SSD)

    Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3
    With GTX 660Ti – 110 sec
    With Asus R9 290-DC20C-4GB – 35 sec

  46. Jesus said:

    Custom Mac Pro 4.1@5.1:
    1xX5650 (6×2,66 ghz)
    24 gb DDR3 1333 mhz

    Rendered to system SSD.

    Two GPUs tested:

    GTX 660 2 gb (from Gainward. Must be the GTX 660 that has official nVidia clocks):
    147 seconds!!!
    A little disappointing: some nVidia cards less powerful than this one (GT 650m, GT 750m, GT 755m, etc). I think that Apple is doing some “tweaking” in FCPX to make it run faster on nVidia GPUs integrated in their iMacs and MacBook Pro Retina.

    Gigabyte Radeon 7950 3gb flashed for boot screens (a bit overlocked by default, as the GPU is running at 900 mhz instead of 800 mhz):

    First run: 60 seconds!
    A great improvement.

    Second run after flashing the card: 75 seconds!!!!
    I did not find an answer until I realized that once flashed, the GPU is working at 2,5 GT/s (That´s PCIE 1.0). So I removed the R17 transistor and boom!

    Third run: 60 seconds again!

    So it seems that PCIE speed is really important for FCPX with powerful GPUs.

    I also did a test with Luxmark (default scene): with 2,5 GT/s the result was 1750 and when activating the PCIE 2.0 mode the result was a bit higher: 1860.

  47. RickRock said:

    Hackintosh mid-2014 – Built for FCPX 4K

    28 seconds

    i4770K 4core/8thread 3.5ghz OC to 3.9ghz
    Gigabyte Z87x-UD3H
    Gigabyte Radeon 280x 3mb vram
    16 GB G.Skills Ripjaws X 1866mhz CL9
    Crucial 512mb 500w/r SATA III 6gb/sec Boot Drive
    Various WD Black 7200rpm 3TB internally on SATA for media

    2 monitors
    Dell UP2414Q – 4K
    Apple Cinema Display – 1080

    Just added another 16gb of same ram for total of 32gb. Still 28 sec.
    Only change is about 15% increase in Geekbench ram numbers.
    But Motion is a little quicker.
    I specifically went for AMD for the openCL performance, and wasn’t disappointed. It was pretty much plug and play.
    I am going to add a second Gigabyte 280x in a couple of weeks.

  48. Andreas said:

    MacBook Pro 15inch mid 2010

    Core i7 Dual Core 2.66MHz (620m)
    8GB RAM
    256GB SSD
    Nvidia 330M GT 512

    ~275 seconds

    Its was a dissapointment these results to me as I was expecting greater improvement of retina rMBP with 750m over my current mac, as I am thinking of purchasing the new retina Macbook pro in order to improve my Final Cut Pro X experience.

  49. HACKINTOSH – MAC PRO 2013 – 29 sec

    CPU: i7 2600K
    RAM: 16Gb Hdd
    MB Gigabyte Z77 D2H
    SSD: SX900 256Gb
    HDD DATA: 2 x 1000 Gb IN RAID0
    VGA: MSI 280x 3Gb


    1x Radeon 7950 – 45s
    2x Radeon 7950 – 29s

  50. I have compared an

    ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB: 75 seconds

    with an

    AMD Radeon R9 280X 3072 MB: 75 seconds

    in my Mac Pro 12-core (Mid 2010) 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 64 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB

    I don’t understand why I got the same score for both cards.

    When I look on the chart above a Mac Pro (2010) 12-core 3.64 with a Radeon 7950 is so much faster with 38 seconds.

    Do you think there is a problem with the AMD Radeon R9 280X 3072 MB?

  51. Joan said:

    750m scoring is pretty better than 650m and Iris pro because BruceX benchmark is using both GPU simultaneously (IRIS PRO & 750m). Yes… Macbook pro retina with 750m have the capacity of using both GPU simultaneously, but the developer have to support that.

  52. Chris said:

    Previous: ATI Radeon 4870, 512mb.
    New: Radeon 7970, 3gb flashed with boot screens and 5.0 gt/s
    Mac Pro 2009, dual 2.93ghz, 16GB 1066mhz memory
    SSD main drive, OWC Mercury Electra 3G, 240gb with TRIM enabler app.

    BruceX test:
    4870: 2 minutes 18 seconds
    7970: 37 seconds

    Maxon Cinebench R15 Open GL:
    4870: about 11fps (didn’t save my screenshot I guess)
    7970: 51fps

    Unigine Heaven 4.0 on 1920×1200 monitor
    4870: 18fps, min 8, max 35.6
    7970: over 55fps for most of the test (aborted before finished)

    February 24, 2015 (happy Steve Jobs 60th b-day)

  53. Pedro said:

    MBP retina 13 (2,6, 8gb, 128SSD) 2014
    With safari browsing and watching youtube video (about 10 tabs open), Mail, leaf, twitter, itunes, spotify, App Store and pages open and uptime of 7 days and change, it took 188 seconds.

    Pretty happy with the result for a 13 laptop 🙂 (luckily I would never edit nothing in 5k, or even higher than 1080p for the near future, so performance is more than adequate).

  54. Clint said:

    just tried an apple store Retina iMac, with a 2GB Video Card and 3.5 i5 and 8gb of ram, and it hit 52.5 seconds to pro res. Just was curious if the beautiful display would take too much wind out of the machines sails. They didn’t have a max spec model of course.

  55. tiit said:

    Hackintosh. I switced from Asus R9 290 to Gigabyte R9 280X OC

    Core i7 3770K
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    SoftRAID 5 (4x3TB)
    Yosemite 10.10.3 (256 GB SSD)

    Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1
    Radeon R9 280X

    BruceX test: 28 sec

  56. jacana said:

    Ok just had some time to kill at the apple store so I did some tests 🙂

    All test are on the latest macs on the Apple Store showroom floor as of June 2015!

    MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.2Ghz i7, 16Gb Ram, Iris Pro with 1.5Gb = 60s
    iMac 21inch, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8Gb Ram, Iris Pro with 1.5Gb = 60s
    MacBook Pro 13 inch, 2.7Ghz i5, 8Gb Ram, Intel Iris 6100 with 1.5Gb = 130s
    Macbook (the little guy),1.1Ghz, 8Gb Ram, HD5200 with 1Gb = 165s

    not at the Apple Store and a blast from the past ……
    My old i5 2012 mac mini – 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, SSD and 16 Gigs Ram, HD4000 Graphics with 1Gb = 190s

    Lessons learnt.
    1- Go for something with an Iris Pro card. On a budget get the cheapest iMac.
    2- The little guy, the Macbook is not too bad at all! Only 2.7x slower than the quickest of the bunch.
    3- The score listed above for my mini in 2015 is 223s and I got 190s so I think, as we’ve experienced, Apple is making FCPx faster with every major release 🙂 15% faster is my test.

  57. tiit said:

    Again with R9 290 because Gigabyte R9 280x suddenly burned out. Also I found that FCP X 10.2.1 is much faster. Old result with FCP X 10.1.3 was 35 sec

    Core i7 3770K
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    SoftRAID 5 (4x3TB)
    Yosemite 10.10.3 (256 GB SSD)

    Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1
    Radeon R9 290

    BruceX test: 23,5 sec

    • tiit said:

      Same computer but new FCP 10.2.2 and OSX 10.10.5 have much slower result: 35.5 sec
      Something went wrong

  58. Ryan McIntyre said:

    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
    2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB

    OSX 10.10.3

    FCPX 10.2.1

    BruceX test: 50.80 Sec

  59. Scott said:

    Mac Pro (Late 2013)
    2.7Ghz 12-Core Intel Xeon E5
    64GB 1866Mhz DDR3 ECC
    AMD FirePro D700 6144MB
    1TB Apple SSD

    OSX Yosemite 10.10.3

    FCP 10.2.1

    BruceX test: 13.1 Sec

  60. Scott said:

    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
    4GHz Intel Core i7
    32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    512GB Apple SSD
    AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4096 MB

    OSX Yosemite 10.10.3

    FCPX 10.2.1

    BruceX test: 42 Sec

  61. Andre said:

    Mac 4.1 – > flashed to 5.1
    3,46 6core
    24 GB 1366
    256 GB PCI SSD
    GTX 660 Strike (4k Display)

    Prores 422 120 Sec

    And just for fun testet today my old (6Years old PC GTX 480 Gigabyte)
    Prores 422 only 49 Sec.

    how is that possible ?

  62. okrasit said:

    Xeon E5-2683 v3 @2GHz
    R9 290 4GB

    OS X El Capitan

    FCPX 10.2.1

    BruceX test: 17.2 sec

  63. Andre said:

    Mac 4.1 – > flashed to 5.1
    3,46 6core
    24 GB 1366
    256 GB PCI SSD
    MSI R9 280x (Non Flashed)

    Prores 422 – 38 Seconds

  64. phykiss said:

    Cannot import the xml ! FCP hangs, must force quit.
    System : 10.10.4 / Fcpx 10.2 / GTX 970

  65. MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
    2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB

    OSX 10.11 Beta (15A243d)

    FCPX 10.2.1

    BruceX test: 43.29 seconds

    OSX El Capitan Cut 7 seconds off the render time on average compared to OS X 10.10.3.

    Wonder if that is Metal Helping out.

  66. i7 4790K – 11 sec – Custom Build by

    CPU: i7 4790K
    RAM: 16Gb Hyperx 1866
    MB Gigabyte Z97
    SSD: Samsung 256Gb
    Graphics : AMD Radeon R9 280X HD7xxx -3GB -custom Vbios by applekerala

    BruceX test: 11 seconds

  67. Core i7 3770
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-UP5H (v1.0)
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    2TB HDD
    Yosemite 10.10.3 (1.5TB)

    Intel HD4000 + Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 = 104 sec
    Intel HD4000 + Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 = 125 sec

    nVidia 550Ti + Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 = 107 sec

    BruceX 5K test

    PS: I have decided to keep HD4000 in my system because it seems super stable (vs FCPX crashes with 550Ti)

  68. Adaine said:

    I did some tests at the apple store in France

    MacBook Pro 13 inch, 2.7Ghz i5, 8Gb Ram, Intel Iris 6100 with 1.5Gb = 120s
    MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.2Ghz i7, 16Gb Ram, Iris Pro with 1.5Gb = 60s
    Imac retina 27 inch, 3,5 GHz i5, 8Gb Ram, AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2Gb = 43s
    MacPro 12 GB 1866 MHz DDR3, 3.7 HHz quad-core, Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2 GB Ram each = 20s

  69. Stefano said:

    Yosemite 10.10.5

    FCPX 10.2.1

    1) EVGA X58
    i7 920@4.2Ghz +
    24Gb DDR3 1600 +
    3x R9 270X 4Gb = 13,20

    2) P8H61-M LX2 +
    i3 3220@3.3Ghz +
    8Gb DDR 3 1600 +
    1x GTX 680 4Gb = 62.97

    3) P8H61-M LX2 +
    i3 3220@3.3Ghz +
    8Gb DDR 3 1600 +
    1x GTX 280 1Gb = 73,49

  70. Manrei said:

    Hackintosh (Asus z97 Pro wifi-ac,Clover)

    i7 4790
    R9 280x
    32 GB 1866
    Mac OS 10.9.5 FinalCut 10.1.3

    stored on SSD drive as ProRs 422

    13,4 sec (no other program but FinalCut running)

  71. Just tested my new Late 2015 Retina 5K iMac

    16GB RAM
    256GB SSD
    4GB M395X

    BruceX 5K Test, average of 5 tests = 17.5 seconds

  72. Further to my test posted above:

    Core i7 3770
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-UP5H (v1.0)
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    2TB HDD (Data Drive)
    Yosemite 10.10.4 (1.5TB)

    MSI 7770 + Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2 = 55 sec

    Surprisingly Fast (compared to before).

    BruceX 5K test

  73. On my Macbook Air (Haswell) – My 3rd Post here
    1.3Ghz – i5
    4GM Ram
    Intel 5000 1.5GB Ram

    2min 50 seconds = 170 seconds

    Hopefully this will help someone make better decisions 🙂

  74. mhartel said:

    MacPro 5,1
    6-Core Intel Xeon @3.46 GHz
    32GB RAM 1333
    Samsung Pro 850 SSD
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

    ProRes 422 – BruceX test: 25 seconds

  75. Tommy said:

    BlueBeast (my Hackintosh)
    GPU: x280 (vapor-tri-x)
    CPU: Inte 4790K
    RAM: 16gb (crucial ballistic)
    SSD: 500gb (Crucial M4)
    El capitan
    ficpx 10.2.2 (ProRes 422)

    BruceX test: 00:14:05
    (extremely happy about that result, built the Hackintosh specifically for using with FCPx).

    tested my other macs
    mac mini 2012 (i7, 16gb)
    BruceX test: 01:33:07

    Macbook pro 13retina late 2013 (i5, 8gb)
    BruceX test: 01:53:31

  76. BlueBeast (my Hackintosh)
    GPU: x280 (vapor-tri-x)
    CPU: Inte 4790K
    RAM: 16gb (crucial ballistic)
    SSD: 500gb (Crucial M4)
    El capitan
    ficpx 10.2.2 (ProRes 422)

    BruceX test: 00:14:05
    (extremely happy about that result, built the Hackintosh specifically for using with FCPx).

    tested my other macs
    mac mini 2012 (i7, 16gb)
    BruceX test: 01:33:07

    Macbook pro 13retina late 2013 (i5, 8gb)
    BruceX test: 01:53:31

  77. surprisingly Great said:

    iMac 5K retina Display 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, i5 3.5Ghz = “28.5s” !!

    • Dexter said:

      Which is the version of Imac Retina 5K

      Graphics board?


  78. Chris said:

    Radeon 7970, 3gb flashed with boot screens and 5.0 gt/s
    Mac Pro 2009, dual 2.93ghz, 16GB 1066mhz memory
    SSD main drive, OWC Mercury Electra 3G, 240gb with TRIM enabler app.

    BruceX test:
    37 seconds on OSX 10.9.5 FCPX v10.0.9
    120 seconds on OSX 10.10.5 FCPX 10.1.2 and v10.2.2

    Something clearly happened in OSX 10.10 to make performance a lot slower. 😦 I could tell soon as I upgraded the OS.

    • Chris said:

      In 2017, on OSX 10.11.6 with FCP 10.2.2, I am back to my previous good time of ~37 seconds.

  79. Pete said:

    Mac Pro 5,1 2010, originally 2.4GHz 8 core, since upgraded to 12-core 3.06Ghz Xeons
    16G 1066 RAM
    1Tb Samsung 840 on a Velocity Duo 6Gb SATA PCI card
    EVGA Nvidia 960 (Mac EFI flashed) with 2GB VRAM
    FCPX 10.2.2, El Capitan 10.11.3

    Average 43 sec

    I just put in the Nvidia, but neglected to run the test with the AMD 5870 1GB I had previously cuz I was hot to upgrade the performance of Fallout 4 on my Bootcamp partition…

  80. Popov said:

    Mac Pro (Early 2008) 2 x 3 GHz
    20 GB RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 5770
    SSD 500 GB

    59 sec.

  81. mhafeez said:

    Here’s mine;
    iMac27 mid-2011, 32gb ram, 2tb raid0 ssd, gtx780m, elcapitan 10.11.3
    render time = 19seconds

  82. levifig said:

    Hackintosh (i7-4930k, MacPro6,1 SMBIOS)
    32GB 1866Mhz
    256GB OCZ Vector150 (3yo)
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 970 FTW+

    BruceX test (ProRes422):
    32 seconds (OS X 10.11.4 beta, FCP X 10.2.2, Nvidia 346.03.06b01)

  83. Kevin said:

    MacBook Retina 12″ did it in 2:40.77 min’s
    CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core M
    Memory 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    GPU Intel HD 5300 1536MB VRAM
    Storage 250GB PCIe SSD

    Mac Pro 4.1 2009 did it in 00:49.15 sec’s
    CPU’s x2 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Inel Xeon E5520 (8 Cores 16 Threads)
    Memory 40GB 1066Mhz DDR3 ECC
    GPU Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 4GB VRAM
    Storage 200GB intel SATA SSD

  84. El Capitan.
    Average of 3 passes.
    Hackintosh – Kleiner Bruder – i6700k@4900, 16GB-DDR4@3100, GTX970, SM951-512GB : 20.3sec.
    Hackintosh – Großer Bruder – i6700k@4700, 16GB-DDR4@3100, GTX980TI, SM850-1TB : 15.2sec.

  85. mokeko said:

    Mid 2012 MacPro 5,1 6-core 3.33ghz | 32gb ram | 480gb SSD

    OSX EL Capitan 10.11.3
    FCPX 10.2.3
    QuickTime Player 7 (7.6.6)

    AMD 5870 – 36 seconds
    AMD SAPPHIRE HD 7950 Mac Edition – 22 seconds
    Dual AMD SAPPHIRE HD 7950 Mac Edition – 17 seconds

  86. Marian said:

    HACKINTOSH – 17 sec !!! : )

    CPU: i7 3770K
    RAM: 16Gb 1600
    MB: Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    SSD: SX900 256Gb
    HDD DATA: 2 x 500 Gb IN RAID0
    VGA: MSI 280x 3Gb
    OSX: EL CAPTAIN 10.11.4
    FCPX: 10.2.3


    • eM said:

      background rendering turned off before import?

  87. 18-22 seconds (18/22/19) so average is 19,6 seconds.

    Mac Pro 2009 (flahed to become a 5,1) @3,06Ghz (12 cores)
    GTX 980 (reference card from Nvidia) flashed with Mac EFI
    48 GB RAM @1333 Mhz
    2 x 850 EVO disks in RAID 0 om a Sonett Tempo Pro card

    20 secs is pretty Damn good!!

  88. Ben G said:

    MacBook Pro Mid-2012 13″
    2.5 GHz Intel i5
    16 GB 1600MHz DDR3
    Internal 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
    Intel HD 4000 1536MB

    124.83 seconds

  89. Ky said:

    Ivy-E Hackintosh
    4930K @4.4GHz
    32GB RAM @2133MHz
    MSI GTX 770 2GB (1 card hooked up to a single 27″ monitor)
    10.11.5 El Cap

    38 seconds using native Apple drivers
    23 seconds using Nvidia Web drivers

    For those running Nvidia cards natively supported by OS X, looks like the Web drivers are much better optimized for Open CL compared to Apple’s drivers.

  90. Robert said:

    HackPro core i7 4790
    16 GB RAM
    ATI Radeon 7950 3GB
    SSD 256 GB 850 EVO

    16.5s !!!

  91. Elias Sen Doudouh said:

    A new best right here!

    10.8 seconds on a i7-6700K, 32GB DDR3 1867MHz, R9 M395X 4GB VRAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 5K 27″ iMac!

  92. Elias Sen Doudouh said:

    New best here!

    10.5 seconds on a 27″ Retina 5K 2015 iMac with a i7-6700K, 32GB DDR3 1867MHz RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a 3TB Fusion Drive!

    • eM said:

      have you turned off background rendering before import? result is impressive

  93. Mitch I said:

    Mac Pro (2008)
    Processor: 2 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory: 16 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    Graphics: Dual ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB cards
    Software: OS X 10.9.5
    Drive: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB

    39 seconds!

  94. TibO said:

    Hackintosh Asus X99-A USB3.1
    CPU: Intel Haswell E Processeur Core I7-5820K 3.50GHz
    GPU : Titan X 12go
    Mac OS : SIERRA 10.12.1
    FCPX : 10.2.3

    –> 18 sec.

  95. ganloo said:

    Hackintosh Asus X99-A USB3.1
    CPU: Intel Haswell E Processeur Core I7-5820K 3.50GHz
    GPU : Titan X 12go
    Mac OS : SIERRA 10.12.1
    FCPX : 10.2.3

    –> 18 sec.

  96. tiit said:

    Core i7 3770K
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    Radeon R9 280X
    SoftRAID 5 (4x3TB)
    Sierra 10.12.1 (500 GB SSD)
    Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3

    BruceX test: 24,5 sec

  97. Mac Pro mid 2010 12core 2.66
    48 GB RAM
    AMD Radeon 7970 3GB
    El Cap 10.11.6, FCP X 10.3
    internal SSD in dvd bay

    34 sec. average

  98. 5th Post Here:

    Core i7 3770
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H (v1.1)
    16 GB Corsair RAM
    1.5TB HDD
    Sierra 10.12.1 ( Same HDD 1.5TB)

    AMD 7770 1gb + Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 = 49 sec

    BruceX 5K test

    Will try with FCPX 10.3 soon and post result soon

  99. indifference said:

    Seems to me this is a purely (or mostly) video card test. I have very similar results to the Mac Pro above me, which has more RAM, more cores, and a slightly older card (5770.)


    2008 Mac Pro 1×2.8 (4 core)
    8 GB RAM
    Sierra (for the RX460 drivers)
    ATI RX460 4 GB (~$120 at time of writing)
    FCPX 10.2.2

    I got basically the same result with SSD or the default internal 1TB drive:

    48 seconds

    Same Mac as I used above, but with the stock ATI HD 2600 XT 256MB
    Stopped after two minutes, still at zero percent.

  100. uzone02 said:

    MacBook Pro Mid 2015
    2.5GHz Core i7
    16GB RAM
    AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB
    SSD 500GB
    El Cap.


  101. Will said:

    Mac Pro ( Early 2009 ) 1 x 2.66 Quad Core
    12G 1066 RAM
    EVGA NVidia 970 FTW 4 GB VRAM ( the last .5 slow. )
    2TB Seagate 7200 RPM
    FCPX 10.3.1 OSX Sierra 10.12.2 ( I flashed my 4,1 to 5,1 to install sierra)

    79 seconds

  102. uberDoward said:

    Mac Pro 4,1 -> 5,1 8 Core (dual quads) + 12Gb ram
    FCPX 10.3.1
    GTX 980Ti 6Gb
    Average ~29 seconds over 3 runs.

    • Michael said:

      Is there anyting special about the drivers you use? I have dual 980Ti’s installed (in an expansion box, with the up to date web drivers) and i don’t come close to to 30 seconds. Also, playback in FCPX is jerky. THX!

  103. MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
    2 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1867 MHZ LPDDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 540 1536 MB

    84 seconds

  104. RaVeN {base} said:

    Output on all tests using FCP 10.3.2

    2015 iMac 5k 27″ 4GHz, 32GB RAM, Radeon R9 M395X 4GB OS 10.12.3 FCP 10.3.2
    iMac to internal 3TB Fusion 32.61 & 32:45

    iMac to Lacie Thunderbolt Drive 34:30

    iMac to Lacie USB 3 Drive 33:15

    2010 Mac Pro 12 core 2.93 40GB RAM, OS 10.11.3 , FCP 10.3.2 / GTX 980 Ti 6GB
    Mac Pro to Internal 3 x 2TB Seagate Software RAID (only 250GB remaining ) 51.75 seconds

    Will add more tests and configurations tomorrow.

  105. Popov said:

    Mac Pro (Early 2008) 2 x 3 GHz
    20 GB RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 7950 3 GB
    SSD 500 GB
    FCP 10.3.2
    El Capitan

    39 sec.

  106. eM said:

    Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3
    i7-4790K 4.0GHz
    MSI Radeon R9 270X 4GB GAMING LE
    DDR3 16GB/1600
    SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SATA3

    FCP 10.3.2
    El Capitan

    avarage: 25.4 sec

  107. Mike said:

    Using my limited budget Hackintosh:
    Intel G860 @ 3 GHz
    Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H
    8GB RAM
    Nvidia GTX460 + ATI HD6850
    mSATA Crucial 120GB
    OSX 10.8.5
    FCPX 10.0.8

    177 seconds!

  108. Mike said:

    Again, using my limited budget Hackintosh:
    Intel G860 @ 3 GHz
    Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H
    8GB RAM
    ATI HD6850 + ATI HD6850
    mSATA Crucial 120GB
    OSX 10.8.5
    FCPX 10.0.8

    93 seconds!

    Clearly the HD 6850s have an advantage over the Nvidia GTX460 with FCPX

  109. Mike said:

    Again, using Hackintosh:
    Intel G860 @ 3 GHz
    Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H
    8GB RAM
    ATI HD6850 + ATI HD6850
    mSATA Crucial 120GB
    OSX 10.12.4
    FCPX 10.3.3

    43 seconds!

    Pretty chuffed with that result!

  110. gabriel said:

    Hp Z820 dual 8 core cpu’s 16 core’s 32 Th’..
    EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified 3 GB
    El Capitan
    SSD 850 Evo 500GB
    128Gb Ram 1600Mhz

    36 sec.

  111. VIDEO PRODUCTION HACKINTOSH – MAC PRO 6.1 – 10.4 sec (tested 5x)
    CPU: i7 3770K (3600MHz)
    RAM: 16Gb Hdd Kingston (1866MHz)
    MB Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
    SSD: SX900 256Gb
    HDD DATA: 1 x 1TB
    VGA: 2x MSI 280x 3Gb
    OSX: El Captain 10.11.6, FCPX 10.2.3

    Blackmagic Design DeckLink Duo 2 + Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor
    Switcher software: Boinx mimoLIVE

    • hie friend…hows ur running two 280x cards in hackintosh??

  112. jpphd said:


    i7 4770 @ 3.7 GHz
    32GB RAM
    240GB SSD
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB
    Mac OS 10.11.5
    FCP 10.2.3
    Nvidia Web driver


  113. Joe said:

    i7 970 3.4ghz Hex Core
    24 GB RAM 1333MHz DDR3
    Radeon 7970 Sapphire X 6GB
    240GB Samsung 830 SSD
    FCP 10.3.3
    OS 10.11.6

    28.9 Seconds

    I thought my rig was rendering things slowly… But man, now I have to totally rethink the new rig I’m planning on building. Originally wanted to go for the GTX 1080 Ti… but now knowing what I know about ATi cards and OpenCL, I’m gonna have to hit the drawing board again.

  114. Afzal said:

    32Gb Corsair 1600 Ram
    Nvidia GTX 760 2GB Graphics
    Intel Core i7 4930K 3,9GHZ
    Gigabyte GA-x79-UP4 Mobo
    Seagate 500Gb 7200 RPM
    FCPX 10.2.3
    Yosemite 10.10.5

    Average time for Bruce X: 51 seconds

  115. Alex said:

    MacBook Air 1.3ghz core i5 late 2013
    8gb 265gb hd5000 1536 mb
    fcp 10.2
    Bruce X = 74sec

  116. Zed said:

    mackintosh skylake 6700K
    32gig Ram
    2 x HD 7950 – Gigabyte version
    FCPX 10.3.3.
    Sierra 10.12.5

    Average 12 seconds

  117. Mac Pro Early 2008
    2 X 2.8Ghz
    32 GB DDR2-667 Mhz
    MSI GTX-980 Gaming X 4GBWDC
    HDD : WD5000AAKS-00UU3A0
    OS X 10.11.6
    FCPX 10.2.3

    Average time : 20 secs.

  118. 6rollo6 said:

    Gigabyte Z97X-UD7 TH
    Intel i7-4790k
    32GB Corsair 1600 MHz
    1 TB Samsung SSD (2x 500 GB Raid-0)
    Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 TI
    Mac OS 10.12.5
    Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4
    27,8 seconds

  119. Matt said:


    Ram: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX DRR4 2400Mhz (Actual 2133Mhz, so not OC)
    GPU: GTX 1050ti OC 4Gb GDDR5
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K, running stock at 4.0Ghz (Turbo 4.2Ghz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X UD5 TH
    SSD: Kingston 240Gb Uv300
    Funal Cut Pro X: 10.3.3
    MacOS: Sierra 10.12.5

    Average time: 44 seconds.

    Quite strange the fact that frequency, ram size and processor don’t make much difference in this test (except the price tag), and even the GPU don’t seem to do much else. Is there maybe some settings that could be used to tweak the performance under this aspect?

    • It’s the Nvidia GPU. FCPX is specifically made to perform better with Radeon GPUs. It sucks but it’s true.

      • Matt said:

        Yeah I reckoned. Such a shame as that kind of software would perform at least twice as better/faster on Windows, with the right drivers. Even on OpenGL it lacks a decent score, proving to be around 5 to 6 times faster on my Windows (DirectX) against MacOS. Thanks for the reply by the way

  120. Andre Mark Braham said:

    Ram: Crucial – Ballistix Sport LT 16Gb DRR4 2400Mhz
    GPU: Sapphire – Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K, OC’d to 4.6Ghz
    Motherboard:Asus Z170-AR
    SSD: OCZ – Vertex 2 60GB
    Final Cut Pro X: 10.3.4
    MacOS: Sierra 10.12.5

    Average time: 26 seconds.

  121. amark89 said:

    Ram: Crucial – Ballistix Sport LT 16Gb DRR4 2400Mhz
    GPU: Sapphire – Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K, OC’d to 4.6Ghz
    Motherboard:Asus Z170-AR
    SSD: OCZ – Vertex 2 60GB
    Final Cut Pro X: 10.3.4
    MacOS: Sierra 10.12.5

    Average time: 26 seconds.

  122. Hackintosh Built :

    Ram: 32Gb Kingstone 1600Mhz (not overclocked)
    GPU: Saphire r9 280x 3GB ddr5
    CPU: Intel Core i5 4690 (not overclocked)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte H97M-D3H
    SSD: Samsung EVO850 240Gb
    MacOS: Sierra 10.11.6

    Final Cut Pro X: 10.2.3
    Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422
    Resolution: 5120×2700

    Average time: 19 seconds

    Average time: 33 seconds With Nvidia GTX 760 2GB ddr5

    Conclusion: AMD cards are more faster than NVDIA cards in mac OS X bcz operating systems GUI is openCL based. Final Cut Pro X is OpenCL base application and we know all that support for OpenCL is very powerful in AMD cards than NVDIA cards. If u r FCPX editor. Switch to AMD cards.

  123. Kevin said:

    105 seconds on MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Mid 2015). 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 1536MB
    26 seconds on Mac Pro (Late 2013). 3.5 GHz 6-core Xeon E5, 32GB RAM, AMD FirePro D500 3072MB

  124. Cerberus said:

    Macbook Pro 13 Mid 2012

    CPU: Intel Core I5 3210M 2.5 GHz
    Ram: 16 GB 1600MHz DDR3 Corsair
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO SSD 500GB
    GPU: Intel HD 4000 1536MB
    Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6
    Final Cut Pro 10.2.1

    114.6 Seconds

    Hackintosh HP Probook 4530S

    CPU: Intel Core i3 2350M 2.3 GHZ
    Ram: 8 GB 1333MHz DDR3
    SSD: Kingstone SV300 128 GB
    GPU: Intel HD 3000 512MB
    Mac OS El Capitan 10.11.5
    Final Cut Pro 10.2.1

    838.8 Seconds

    Hackintosh HP Probook 4530S

    CPU: Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.00 GHZ
    Ram: 8 GB 1333MHz DDR3
    SSD: HyperX FURY SSD 120GB
    GPU: Intel HD 3000 512 MB
    Mac OS El Capitan 10.11.5
    Final Cut Pro 10.2.1

    803.9 Seconds

  125. Nik said:

    Hackintosh (built in 2012, upgraded over the years)
    Gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3
    i7 2700K @ 3.5Ghz stock (3.9 Turbo)
    32GB 1600 MHz G.Skill Ram
    1TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD
    Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce
    Mac OS 10.12.6
    FCP X 10.3.3

    32 sec

  126. Andy Wang said:

    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
    3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 ——–32 GB 2133 MHz DDR3
    AMD RX580 8 GB ——–TB2 Sandisk SSD
    FCP X 10.3.4 Mac OS 10.13 beta
    20 sec

  127. I have a Hackintosh running MacOS 10.12.6 on an Intel i7 5820K processor (overclocked to 4.3 GHz), 32 GB Corsair 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, a Gigabyte X99 UD4 board, and an ASUS NVidia GTX960 OC Strix Edition Video Card with 4GB DDR5 VRAM. I am getting an average time of 11 seconds on the BruceX 5K benchmark in FCPX 10.3.4. I am using the System Definition of iMac15,1 (which seemed appropriate for my hardware), and background rendering is turned off.

    Is that normal?

  128. Alex Shikov said:

    Mac Pro 1.1 (Up to 2.1)
    2 x 2.66 Ghz Dual Core Intel Xeon
    32 GB 667 DDR-2 FB-DIMM
    NVidia GeForce GTX 680 2048 MB

    RAID-0 2xWD 160 SATA-2

    90 sec

  129. Pirum said:

    Hackintosh. MacOS Sierra.
    Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 , using Mac Pro 5,1 SMBIOS
    2.93GHz Core i7 870
    16GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
    ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 RAM

    Exported video codec Prores 422 to RAM drive.

    59 sec

  130. bkuethen said:

    Mac Pro 5,1 (2010)
    2 x 2.4GHz Xeon (8 cores)
    Sapphire AMD RX 580 8GB
    64GB 1066 DDR3
    500GB SSD
    FCP X 10.3.4 MacOS 10.12.16
    38 seconds

  131. Erasmo Rrah said:

    MacBook Pro mid 2017 15″

    3,1 Ghz Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake)
    16gb Ram
    Intel HD Graphics 630 1536 MB
    Radeon Pro 560 4GB
    512 GB SSD

    35 sec

    Butter Smooth

  132. Mika said:

    Thanks for the instructions Alex.
    15 sec, ran it 4 times.

    i7 4790k
    R9 390 8GB
    120 GB Toshiba SSD
    FCP X 10.3.4
    macOS 10.13 (Final)

  133. 2013 Mac Pro
    CPU: 2.5 GHz 12-Core Intel Xeon E5-2696V2
    RAM: 64GB DDR3 1866MHZ
    SSD: 512GB Samsung SM951 NVME
    Dual AMD D300 2GB + TB2 eGPU AMD RX 580 8GB
    10.45 sec

  134. 2012 Mac Pro
    CPU: 2×3.46GHz (12-Core) Intel Xeon X5690
    RAM: 96GB DDR3 1333MHZ
    SSD: 480GB Kingston M.2 PCIe AHCI
    AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
    14.88 sec (4 runs)

  135. 2012 Mac Pro
    CPU: 2×3.46GHz (12-Core) Intel Xeon X5690
    RAM: 96GB DDR3 1333MHZ
    SSD: 480GB Kingston M.2 PCIe AHCI
    Dual AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
    12.23 sec (4 runs)

    • Lucian said:

      Quite similar configuration it’s clear that pure macOS wins … I did 14-15 sec on Hackintosh AMD with a 6 core 12 thread CPU and XFX RX580 …

      Maybe newer macOS (Hackintosh or not) has better performance … I’m stuck on 10.13.3 for now

  136. 2012 Mac Pro
    CPU: 2×3.46GHz (12-Core) Intel Xeon X5690
    RAM: 96GB DDR3 1333MHZ
    SSD: 480GB Kingston M.2 PCIe AHCI
    AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB +AMD Radeon R9 280x 3GB
    15.56 sec / 18.45 sec (4 runs) – (580 Primary / R9 280 x Primary)

  137. GianVC said:

    2018 hack build

    CPU: Intel i7 8700k stock
    RAM: 16gb DDR4 Corsair Dominator
    SSD: Intel DC P3600 1.6tb
    GPU1: AMD Radeon RX580
    GPU2: AMD Radeon RX580

    Single GPU: 13 sec
    Dual GPU: 8 sec
    High Sierra / FCPX 10.4

  138. Matt Shalash said:

    Mid-2017 MacBook Pro 15″
    CPU: 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 7820HQ (Kaby Lake)
    RAM: 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
    SSD: 512GB Apple SSD (Advertised up to 3.2 GB/s)
    GPU: – Primary: AMD Radeon 560 Pro – 4GB Video Memory
    – Secondary: Intel HD Graphics 630 – 1.5 GB Video Memory

    45.08 Seconds (1 Run)

  139. Baris Oktem said:

    iMac Pro (2017)
    3 GHz Intel Xeon W 10 Core
    64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4
    Radeon Pro Vega 64 16368 MB
    macOS High Sierra 10.13.5

    12 sec. (3 run)

  140. Pieter said:

    2013 Hackintosh with upgrades down the line
    4,3GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
    32GB 2400MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
    Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD
    macOS 10.13.6
    17 sec. (3 runs)

  141. Lucian said:

    Hackintosh Ryzen 5 2600 – 3.4GHz
    16 GB 2800 MHz DDR4
    XFX RX580 8GB
    macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 (AMD Hackintosh)

    14-15 sec (5 runs)

    • Abhinav said:

      Hi, what motherboard you have used

  142. liawagner said:

    2014 Hackintosh
    R9 280X GPU, Sapphire Radeon Toxic 3GB GDDR5
    Core i7-4770K CPU, Intel 4 cores, 8 threads 3.5GHz
    32GB RAM, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600
    GA-Z87X-OC Force MB, Gigabyte
    256GB SSD, Crucial M550
    macOS Mojave 10.14.2, FCP-X 10.4

    27 sec. (5 runs average)

  143. Aigars Cakans said:

    MB Pro 13″ 2017 (cheapest one wo TB) + EGPU Vega 56 Gigabyte Gaming


  144. mnocon said:

    macbook pro 13 2018 + eGPU rx580 – 17 sec

  145. education in Estonia said:

    Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
    2 x 2,66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
    16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
    internal HDD


  146. sure said:

    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
    4,2 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 2133 MHz DDR4
    Radeon Pro 580 8192 MB

    to internal disk

    mojave 10.14

    18 sec

  147. Sinosoidal said:

    Hackintosh with:

    i3 8100
    RX 580 nitro+ 8Gb
    HyperX 8Gb DDR4 2133Mhz CL 14 latency
    120Gb SSD HyperX on SATA.

    Mac OS X Mojave 10.14.3, Final Cut Pro 10.4.3

    Test without Background render:

    11 seconds

    Test with Background render:

    9 seconds

    I’m really blown away with this results.

    • BARIS OKTEM said:

      With background render it should be a 1 sec or something.

    • Abhinav said:

      Hi Sinosoidal, Good result of your test. Can you please let me know is your said Hackintosh with mentioned parts are still giving same result as long run also, I am planning to prepare one Hackintosh. Thanks a lot in advance and good luck.

  148. Demanray said:

    hack i7 4790k @ 4000Ghz
    RX 480 nitro+ 8gb
    16GB ddr3 1333
    256 SSD radeon ssd
    mojave 10.14.2

    FCPX 10.4.5

    19 secs. =(

  149. Neeko said:

    iHacPro: Franky
    2.1 GHz 10-Core Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 ES cpu
    ASUS X99-Deluxe USB3.1
    RX VEGA 56 8GB
    64GB DDR 1866
    520GB Samsung Evo NVMeSSD Drive
    mojave 10.14.2

    FCPX 10.4

    22.9 Seconds….I’m happy with that result for a 3-year-old machine I pieced together.

  150. Bowman said:

    Mac Mini i5 (2018)
    16 GB HyperX 8Gb DDR4 2667Mhz CL 14
    eGPU: MSI Vega 56 AirBoost 8 GB OC
    2 TB Intel 660p (NVMe) via external TB3-enclosure (i-tec)
    internal SSD: 512 GB

    16.4 seconds

  151. Hackintosh Build:
    i7 9700K 8 Cores
    16 GB DDR5 OC 3000Mhz RAM
    Samsung M.2 SSD 256 GB
    Sapphire RX 580 DDR5 8 GB Graphics
    Running Mac OS Mojave 10.14.4

    14 Seconds when Video Codec is Apple ProRes 4444XQ

    8 Seconds when Video Codec is Apple ProRes 444 / LT

  152. biroimre said:

    asus h110m-k
    i3 6100
    8gb ddr4 2134mhz
    rx580 4gb

    24,4 seconds

  153. Neeko said:

    iHacPro: 14C
    3.1 GHz 14-Core Intel i9-7940X cpu
    32GB DDR 3000MHz DDR4
    480Gb NVMeSSD Drive
    mojave 10.14.5

    FCPX: 10.4.5

    Time:14.8 Seconds

  154. Hackintosh
    Asus Prime X299 Deluxe
    Powercolor Radeon VII
    32 GB DDR4 2133
    250 GB Intel SATA SSD
    Mojave 10.14.5
    FCPX: 10.4.6

    Time 15.8 sec

  155. Hackintosh (Bios Ozmosis)
    i5-3570K 4GHz
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H (rev. 1.1)
    6GB DDR3 1600
    SSD Crucial BX500 120GB
    MSI AMD Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX OC 4G
    macOS Mojave 10.14.6
    FCPX 10.4.6

    Time 30 sec

  156. Leobar021 said:

    Hackintosh i9-9900K
    Asus Prime Z390-A
    Radeon RX Vega 64 +Nitro 8 GB
    Kingston 16 GB 3200MHz HyperX DDR4 NEW Predator x 2 (32GB)
    Raid (Red pro 2tb x 4 = 8TB raid)
    SSD Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB, PCIe NVMe, M.2 80mm
    Mojave 10.14.6
    FcpX 10.4.5

    time 12.4 sec

  157. W0olO0 said:

    i7 3770K@4.5ghz
    32GB DDR3 1600mhz

    MacOS 10.14.6
    FCPX 10.4.7

    13.5 sec

  158. Cuong Tran said:

    i7 8700
    Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT
    32GB DDR4 2666

    MacOS 10.15.1
    FCPX 10.4.7

    7.06 seconds

  159. Hackintosh (iMac19,1)
    i7-9700k @ 3.6 GHz
    16 GB DDR4-3600
    AMD Radeon 5700 XT
    1 TB Samsung 870 Evo NVMe M.2 SSD

    macOS 10.15.1
    FCPX 10.4.7

    6.64 seconds (average of 3 runs)

  160. shiruken said:

    Hackintosh (iMac19,1)
    i7-9700k @ 3.6 GHz
    16 GB DDR-3600
    1 TB NVMe M.2 SSD

    macOS 10.15.1
    FCPX 10.4.7

    6.64 (average of 3 runs)

    • shiruken said:

      Forgot the GPU 🤦🏻‍♂️

      Radeon 5700 XT (8 GB)

  161. Maxk said:

    I have a really old machine. But it still rocks!
    Mac Pro 2.1
    Two Xeons x5356 3.0 Ghz
    32 GB 667 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    1TB Sata SSD
    Dual Radeon 7950

    Mac Os X El Capitan 10.11.6

    22.83 sec

  162. ccyy said:

    Ryzen Hackintosh
    35 seconds
    Hardware: AMD Ryzen R5 3600 + MSI B450M Mortar Max + XFX RX5600XT + G.Skill 8G×2 DDR4 3200MHz + West Digital SN550 1TB + BCM94360CD PCI-E Wireless Card
    System: Catalina 10.15.4
    Software: Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8 Trial
    Hackintosh booter: OpenCore 0.5.8

  163. Jarbas said:

    Hardware: AMD Ryzen R9 3900X + AsRock ITX TB3 + Saphire RX5700XT + G.Skill 32G DDR4 3200MHz
    1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Sabrent 4000mb/s + BCM94360CD PCI-E Wireless Card
    System: Big Sur 11.0.1
    Software: Final Cut Pro 10.5
    Hackintosh booter: OpenCore 6.0.3
    6.36 seconds

  164. rokko101 said:

    Mac Pro (4.1 flashed to 5.1)
    2 x 3.06 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
    24 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Nvidia GXT 780 3 GB
    Samsung EVO 840 SSD
    OS 10.15.7 FCP 10.5.4

    23.80 Sec.

  165. Macbrush said:

    Just got a new M1 Max, tried to import BruceX to test the brand new machine, but I got a DTD version error. Where can I get a updated xml file to test? Thanks

    • Alex said:

      Thanks for trying BruceX on your new Mac! There are reports that 10.6 has a bug (because parts have been rewritten in Swift) that means that only systems whose language is set to English and region is set to an English region can import XML. Is your system set to English and region to UK, Australia or US?

      Sorry but there’s nothing I can do to the XML to fix this.

    • Alex said:

      Hi Macbrush. I’ve changed this post to help. Get get around the XML bug in 10.6, I’ve changed the XML file to a Final Cut library. Hope this works for you. Download it from

  166. Ito said:

    Just tried with a base 14” M1 Pro MacBook Pro – 16 GB RAM – 512 GB SSD – 8 cores CPU and 14 cores GPU:

    Only 13 seconds on ProRes 422… amazing

  167. MadeinTN said:

    My Mac Studio with the Ultra chipset performed it in 10 seconds.

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