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3D computer rendering are very CPU intensive and the best way so speed up slow render problems, are usually to distribute them on to more computers. Render farms are usually very large, expensive and run using ALLOT of energy. I wanted to build something that could be put in my home, not make too much noise and run using very little energy... and be dirt cheep, big problem? no computer stuff cost almost nothing these days, it just a matter of finding fun stuff to play with.
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Sounds about right for six Q6600s at stock, under load, in a fairly stripped down system.
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Update 2:
It has happened! I filled the ram, and all boards begun to swap. During this the power consumption was up to 800W
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Some render tests result here:
The storming sea scene file 24 frames in resolution 4000x4000 pixels.

- On a MacPro 2 x DualCore Xenon 2.66 Ghz with 4 GB ram
took 552 minutes (9.2 h)

- Helmer did same 24 frames in 4k format in 64 min.
9 hours for 24 frames? 4K or not, I'm a little doubtful...

Interesting nonetheless. I wish I had the money to build something like this... it'd be infinitely useful for less intensive tasks like video encoding.

I'm so jealous :|
Edited by Coma - 6/10/08 at 2:47am
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9 hours for 24 frames? 4K or not, I'm a little doubtful...

Interesting nonetheless. I wish I had the money to build something like this... it'd be infinitely useful for less intensive tasks like video encoding.

I'm so jealous :|
Helmer has 24 cores and 48GB of RAM... Mac Pro doesn't.
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Yes, my point is that I don't understand why it took so long, even on a dual core...
I wouldn't know though. It's not like I've ever rendered anything 3D with my CPU D:

Except maybe Doom.

I'm going to beg him to encode something with x264 with EVERYTHING enabled so I can drool :I


^ so desperate, and yes, that's using MT.dll ~_~

I wonder if encoding on this is even possible. For one, it can't run Avisynth, so I can't ask him to do anything like that :x
And I'm not sure it'll be possible to encode with x264 on this as it might have to work linearly, and this gives off the impression it doesn't `-`

Edited by Coma - 6/10/08 at 3:09am
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Well as the rendering apps are multi core and like to cache all the frames and stuff into the RAM... This is where the farm that he made excels!
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ewww hes using stock heatsinks....

i thought quad cores take up 100watts?
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Folding farm! All he needs to do now is overclock those babies.
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Sounds about right. If [6 (Processors) x 100 (Watts each) = 600 watts] then you have 200 more left over for RAM and mobo... w/ the rest of the stuff.
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Folding farm! All he needs to do now is overclock those babies.
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