The $500 Render Node – Q3 2016

Intel i7 & 16GB RAM – Q3 2016

This configuration is aimed to act as a dedicated CPU rendering node. The components are chosen so that the hardware – excluding OS – will be right around the $500 mark. Each component has a small description with the logic behind choosing it. As always, you are encouraged to be creative on-top of these suggestions.

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CG Workstation – “The Powerhouse” – Q1 2015

Based on Intel i7-5960X – Q1 2015

PrintWith the coming of the Haswell-E last summer, Intel introduced the first “consumer” grade Octa-core, replacing six-core flagship “Extremes” that were leading the i7 pack since 2010 & socket 1366. This new CPU has a very high potential, but can it really make up for the 2-3 time higher cost vs. its 6-core s2011-3 siblings?

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CG Workstation – The “Pro” – Overkill edition

“If brute force is not the answer for your problem, you are not using enough”.
This appears to be the way of thinking for both intel and nVidia when they’ve pieced together the leading characters in this theatrical performance  of single CPU, multi GPU overkill!

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The fuzz around low profile RAM heatspreaders

Thermalright Silver Arrow in side a CM 690 II

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.

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CG Workstation – The “Pro”: Getting serious

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

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