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post #11 of 26
the 1055 temps show 10C lower than the actual temp, or something around those lines.

When I cold-booted a friends pc running a 1055 it showed 12C while all the other temps were at ambient (~21)
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Out of interest, what is it you render?
I'd love a renderfarm for 3ds Max but I'm not willing to lay down the cash for the equipment or the electricity bill, LOL.
I am using Cinema4D at the moment. It has small client applications that you can install on any computer. They connect to the main server app that distributes the render jobs.

Each computer gets your entire 3D animation scene send to it, gets a certain amount of frames assigned and starts rendering.

The downside to this approach versus bucketrendering over network is that each node needs a lot of ram to handle the sometimes humongous scenes.

The cool thing is that if you only need a CPU and some RAM you can get away with a lot cheaper machine than if it is to be used for workstation purposes.

You only need a bare CPU + RAM + very basic PSU + cheap HD + some good cooling + a good OC.

I figured out a Sandybridge rig will cost me $130 more at the same speed than the AMD counterpart. The AMD is also a lot cooler which makes it a more interesting alternative.

The way I calculate my renderpower price is by building a barebone system, seeking the multicore benchmark score at www.cbscores.com , divide the total system price by renderpower and you have your price per Cinebench renderpoint.

This is quite an interesting calculation to do since it takes away all fanboyism in your head and forces you to look at raw power versus price.

I somehow found out that the most unlikely systems can fall into the most interesting category!

Try looking at a Xeon 5520 + SR2 combination and divide that price by the 22 Cinebench renderpoints it scores once overclocked. You'll see it is actually a better alternative than a core i7 950 system! It is cheaper per renderpoint once you deck it out with 24GB of ram because RAM for the SR2 is cheaper because it has 12 RAM slots instead of only 6.
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You only need a bare CPU + RAM + very basic PSU + cheap HD + some good cooling + a good OC.
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Do not scimp out on a PSU. if you are running that setup, a 550 watt corsair or antec PSU will be much better than a generic, and cheap one.

Having a "Very basic PSU", on a Overclocked 100% load rig, is asking for some trouble.
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Do not scimp out on a PSU. if you are running that setup, a 550 watt corsair or antec PSU will be much better than a generic, and cheap one.

Having a "Very basic PSU", on a Overclocked 100% load rig, is asking for some trouble.
I see a basic PSU in the form of at least a Corsair CX430 or a BeQuiet 520 that have excellent reviews .

I am quite a PSU freak and run HX850 watt's in all my i7 rigs incase they need some GPU rendering power .

I also research every part for at least a week before I decide upon it, I fully agree with your statement that a 'basic PSU' can cause damage to your components .
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my adrenaline gets pumping when an intel guy comes to the dark side.

welcome sirs.
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unless you are using AMD Overdrive, the temp reading can be off by 10ish degrees
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I see a basic PSU in the form of at least a Corsair CX430 or a BeQuiet 520 that have excellent reviews .

I am quite a PSU freak and run HX850 watt's in all my i7 rigs incase they need some GPU rendering power .

I also research every part for at least a week before I decide upon it, I fully agree with your statement that a 'basic PSU' can cause damage to your components .
Right on, man.
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I run a CX430 on my i7 folding rig (24/7 stress on GPU and CPU), i would say it holds up pretty well.
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unless you are using AMD Overdrive, the temp reading can be off by 10ish degrees
Okay so keeping it around 40 degrees to be safe means the socket temp can not be any higher than 50 degrees?

My aim is to keep it under 55 degrees maximum after 3 hours of prime95 maximum heat torture test.

I found out it doesn't go above 35 while rendering heavy 3D scenes.
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I run a CX430 on my i7 folding rig (24/7 stress on GPU and CPU), i would say it holds up pretty well.
Yea I tried one in a friends i7 rig a while ago. It is fully decked out except for the graphics card. It has been rendering 24/7 now for 2 months without any problem! The PSU doesn't even feel warm to the touch. Quite impressed by the price/performance of that unit. It is no HX850, for rendering/folding A-okay.
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