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  1. I'm not sure if a $1000 budget qualifies you as a client.
  2. I'm almost 50/50 cross platform. Since switching my days are filled with dread.
  3. parallax

    GTX 1080

    Any top brand VR solution needs at least a 970. Since he's talking about a 1080 or cheap 980's, you either 1) lack reading comprehension 2) are, yet again, throwing a hissy fit
  4. CC 2015 ist kaput. https://youtu.be/L0sEzNQtzaE?t=1m47s
  5. Skrillllsssssssssssssss
  6. You would be ill-advised buying a E5 2699 V3. That's a slow-ass CPU for a lot of money. I'm not sure why you would recommend that. Not to sound like an asshole but that almost makes you seem like you actually don't own it and/or know what you're talking about. The same goes for the i7 comment: for all intents and purposes i7's are mostly identical to Xeon's. As for the rest of the build: -medium number of local cores (6-8) -overclock without worries -offload your renders to nodes -SSD's make your life better -SSD's make your life better -SSD's make your life better -don't get carried away buying the most expensive GPU €1500 should buy you the system. Extra nodes should not cost you more than €700 a piece. 1 E5 2699 V3 should buy you 6 rendernodes.
  7. Sup assholes. Talking about overpriced, Boxxtech 6-core config 500GB SSD: $5107 BYO: $1.965,84 That's right. You can buy 2,5 times the hardware. I'd say there's only one 'manufacturer' deserving the 'overpriced' moniker.
  8. My point is not that you should work more but than the problem is an order of magnitude bigger so the solution might be hidden somewhere (sorry wasn't clear about that) if you're not able to scrap together $50 by working more.
  9. You can deduct that probably. That's a few $$ already. There must be some dollars you can squeeze out somewhere. If $50 is a problem you might have a bigger problem altogether. You can earn that doing 4 hours on a different random job.
  10. How much is your cable/satellite bill if you have any?
  11. That's demonstrably untrue. Only PCI SSD's off OCZ are close to 70% of that 1000MB/S performance. Vanilla SATA SSD's cap out because of the limits imposed on the standard. You'll get 500-ish (which is fast enough don't get me wrong) but the "you can get the same or better high-end config for cheaper" has also been discussed to death. And is again demonstrably untrue. Experience on the new Mac Pro so far: Mavericks sucks.
  12. I would use RealFlow and play around with the viscosity settings.
  13. Who gives a fuck about motion graphics anyway.
  14. @ grundly I genuinely thought you meant posting the Kit Kats.
  15. FYI: you don't ever want to be installing a new OS over an existing one. Always do a clean install.
  16. That's regarding shops asking freelancer to even supply the hardware next to the skills. Those accountmanager run places.
  17. BYOD is actually becoming a trend. I guess some people only need to talk to do anything. No skills, no resources no ideas.
  18. Side note: people are talking about it not having 128gb of ram. As if they could afford it. That's €1200 for the ram alone, minimum. They don't know what the f they're talking about. If you can afford €6000+ for only the RAM, MoBo + dual Xeon's then the new Mac Pro is no problem for you at all or you're stupid/in the wrong business. Dual 3.5 Ghz Xeon's with 128gb RAM + dual GPU is very, very extremely niche. And also €10.000. And nobody in his right mind spends 10k on a DIY system.
  19. Aromakat is right when he says a high clocked i7 offers amazing bang for buck compared to Xeon's. That's why Apple chose a single high speed Xeon instead of 2 low speed Xeon's. The ROI on 2 CPU systems is less than people thing, it won't scale 100% but the price for such a system is astonomical compared to a single CPU system. This new mac will perform leaps & bounds better because of a few things: 1) high clock speed (improves viewport & scene speed, improves project handling speed (in AE) 2) Mavericks. Even old macs have sometimes double the performance in OpenGL. 3) proper (dual) GPU. self explanatory really. (Apple is putting its weight behind OpenCL, could be very interesting. 4) faster memory combined with memory compression combined with #5 5) ridiculously fast flash storage. If or when swapping and caching, speed from memory to disk will again improve application performance The only real setback compared to older macs is performance in multi-threaded fields such as rendering and even then, the high clockspeed & new architecture will run better than current dual CPU Mac's. And really, rendering should be done on external nodes. The price difference between a (insert brandname) dual Xeon system and this leaves enough money to buy several rendernodes which will when combined, blow anything out of the water. Only DIY systems offer more bang for buck but most people don't know how to do that or want to do that. If you must run OSX a Hackintosh is an option but really, be realistic: the people doing that are rare compared to the general pro-demographic. We're designers not sysadmins.
  20. Your understanding of the 'why' with regards to hardware is rather limited. ECC is not new, the choice in Xeon's combined with ECC is not a marketing decision. The CPU/chipset/RAM/motherboard combo is based on the best fit with regards to demographic. This also happens to include scientific & server/'mainframe' use. The consequence is that everyone buying a Mac Pro will get this hardware to keep the product line-up small & distinct instead of offering 30 varieties of workstation & 90 varieties of consumer products as the competition does. Stop thinking everything must be 'new' and stop comparing consumer products or DIY kit to turnkey workstations. Spec one out at Dell, Boxx or HP and see how much it costs using the same hardware. The notion that a hardware company that even does its own content creation software has no clue about what it's doing is rather silly. Expensive compared to my Hackintosh? Yes. Compared to other off the shelves workstations? No. Silly useless technology? Hardly. The SSD performance alone would only be closely matched by a RAID 0 SSD that has twice the failure rate so you'd have to add another one for redundancy. That's €600-€800 right there already.
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