“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!
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packs some punch and will allow you to work on almost anything and not feel that you have compromised getting something outdated.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.
Stepping up the game from both a n intel i5 and a AMD FX-8350 alike, the 4770K/3770K i7 “duo” is thet all-around processor for the demanding user. This build is aimed to fulfill the role of a mid-range 3D CAD workstation, capable of satisfying most casual users, amateur or professionals, with the ability to tweak and upgrade its performance overtime – either by adding GPUs, or overclocking the existing hardware.
I was always skeptical about Quadro cards…I mean, what is so special about them? We all knew for ages now that Quadro’s are not that different from their GeForce siblings, in many cases sharing 100% identical hardware, yet selling for many times the price. How can nVidia get away with this? Continue reading →