Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared
I'll destroy you with my 15% faster speeds, DESTROY YOU.
Oh and you are completely and 100% correct about using multiple SB systems to "destroy" the 990x if you can run parallel processes.
I do high end digital animation work and visual effects at home and recently decided to splurge some money on a rendering solution. After a lot of math and a lot of sorting through benchmarks, the 2600k was simply by far the most obvious choice.
Will it render an image as fast as a 990x? Nope. But, will I be able to afford to build two SB rigs for a similar price as I'd get one 990x rig for? Yes. Will 2 SB rigs in parallel out perform a single 990x rig? Hell yes.
I would love to compare notes with anyone here who has a 990x and is running Maya 2011 and VRay. Trade a couple scene files and compare render times.
For the price of a dirt simple SB rig for rendering and other applications, you will literally NEVER beat it.
Fixed costs (mobo, PSU, HDD, 16GB Ram, case, Windows 7) are roughly $530 per machine. You can then either drop in a $300 SB chip and overclock to 4.5ghz on air...or drop in a $1100 990x and probably be more limited in your OC due to temps which further bridges the performance gap with the SB chip.
$830 for a barebones 2600k rig.
$1630 for a barebones 990x rig.
My 2600k boxes can pull 9.7 in Cinebench CPU rendering. Unless the 990x is capable of 18+, it's not really a discussion.
And if you were truly looking to cram as much multi threaded power into one box as humanly possible, just get a dual Xeon over the 990x and be done with it. It will cost you only $1,300 more to do that (more expensive mobo + 2nd $1k+ proc). In a high end system with SSD drive(s), multiple RAID HDDs, multiple GPUs, an expensive PSU and a nice case (let's figure a $4,500 990x machine)...$1,300 isn't THAT much more to throw at it considering you will double your CPU power over a 990x rig.
That's only if you need the best Xeons too, you could drop down a few notches on each proc and still come out WAY on top for maybe only $500-$800 more. Seeing 24 threads in the task menu is pretty cool too.Edited by kweechy - 5/25/11 at 8:00pm