- Urgent Update - a change in plans -
So, its been a few days since I posted and something happened. I was working as usual on my chassi/case in Sketchup and rendering with V-ray. Its been fun and steep learning curve regarding rendering, material, lighting and so on. But ofc, Sketchup is not a high end 3d software and problems occurred with different materials, and I expect to at least be able to render material (like f.ing glass) in a proper way, but this turns out to be a mind boggle. So Sketchup + Vray, well, the idea is nice and everything but ....
Anyway. While working on this, reading about it etc, I re-discovered that I really .. REALLY like and even enjoy working with 3d and design, and I have more in store for what I want to do. So, realizing this and that the MadAlien is more a game and performance platform, I had to re think.
Was I building or starting in the right end of it all (?)
In my heart, I know that I am more passionate about 3d work than playing games, this is a fact, no use in denying that, so with that "cleared up" it is obvious that what I need is a proper workstation... yes yes, I know, it is possible and perhaps even more than possible to use the Mad Alien for that type of work/duty. I know allot of people who would stand in line and say; "Yes, you can without a doubt use the MadAlien for 3d work and more" - while this is true - to a degree - There are many things that do not compare against a dedicated workstation when it comes to 3d and rendering, specially rendering.
So a quick look around what others thought and recommended made me decide, I need a proper workstation before the MadAlien, so the change is time line, not that I am "dumping" the plans for this build, it will only happen at a later time. On the other hand, I give myself more time to properly choose components and design/layout for the build, and as I mentioned, I do want the 3980X CPU (8 core - 5GHz OC) but we are still not sure when Intel will unlock the 2 extra cores that already exist in the 3970X CPU (oh yes, they are there, but cut of by laser).
The workstation is performance and quietness (as for the MadAlien) and I found components that I think will do exactly what I am looking for, so here is a list of what I probably will get unless something drastic happens.
1. pcs - Supermicro X9DAi Xeon E5-2600 E-ATX Workstation;
Supports Dual socket (LGA 2011) Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 series, Intel® C602 chipset; QPI up to 8.0GT/s, . Up to 512GB DDR3 1600MHz ECC (16x DIMM sockets) Price; 4 820,00,- sek
2. pcs Intel Xeon E5-2643;
4 core / 8 treads - 3.5 GHz (turbo) - 130W - 10 MB chache. Price; 7 214,- sek
(14 428,-)That is combined 8 cores at 3,5GHz and with HP, that is 16 cores at 3,5GHz
1. pcs AMD FirePro V7900;
2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.1, 4xDisplayPort, 256bit. Price; 6 415,- sek
1. pcs Supermicro SC743 TQ-865B-SQ Tower;
865 Watt - *Noise; 28db measured - U4 Tower Server. Price; 3 846,-
1. pcs NEC MultiSync PA271W-BK:
27" IPS professional monitor - calibration - Resolution 2560mm x 1440 / 60 Hz. Price;9 855,- sek
1. pcs Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB;
Price; 1 895,- sekWhen it comes to storing more data than the 200GB I have left over after the OS, 3ds Max, Photoshop etc, that will be stored on external drives.
Tot.price (in swedish kroner); 41 259,- sek
or roughly $6 067,-
When it comes to cooler for the CPU's, that I do not know yet. But here is a few to choose from
Now, this is not cheap but a very good render machine. I have included different links for you to check including a benchmark test between AMD Firepro and Nvidia Quadro - there is a reason I choose the Firepro card (besides the insane price difference of $4 716,- (32 075,- sek) and to understand what you get from the AMD Firepro V7900 you simply need to read the benchmark test I have included.
So there we go, that is what I will get first.
I've considered the EVGA Classified Super Record 2 motherboard, but the overall performance is actually less compared to this computer.. no joke, and besides this, it is now starting to get old.