Thermalright Silver Arrow in side a CM 690 II
PC builders with limited experience around the modern air cooling beasts that high-end CPUs require in order to be overclocked are troubled with me insisting on low profile memory dimms.
In this short photo-guide, I will try to illustrate the issue.
AMD launched a very tempting promotional campaign for its W5000 and W7000 Firepro cards.
The creatively titled “The AMD Experience AMD FirePro™ Special Pricing End User Cashback Promotion” is offering mail in cash back for 50% of the buying price (up to $300 for the W5000 and $450 for the W7000). Great news for those that want to celebrate Adobe’s switch to OpenCL acceleration that appears to “rock” with AMD’s GCN architecture.
Quite often, people have been asking for an affordable, basic CG workstation.
In this post I will try to pick components for an above average machine that packs some punch and will allow you to work on almost anything and not feel that you have compromised getting something outdated. The theoretical “soft” budget is targeted to be $750 or less, excluding taxes and software.
Each generation of CPU architecture has its limits…so much MHz, so many transistors per mm2 . What if we want more power? Well, according to intel and nVidia, pack more of the same! The recipe seems to be working fine for CG artists, so lets see how much power we can cram in a 1P workstation.
Updated for 4930K and new Kepler Quadros and GTXs
This configuration is aimed to act as a dedicated CPU rendering node. The components are chosen so that the hardware – excluding OS – will be around the $500 mark. Each component has a small description with the logic behind choosing it. Continue reading