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jblessing

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Goodbye Mac Pro, Hello Octane PC

17 July 2014 - 04:20 PM

The time has finally come to leave our mac pros behind. We want to expand our use of Octane in C4D, so we have been looking at 4 GPU PC options. Does anyone here have experience with these?
 
It looks like Boxx and a couple others have some options, but a custom built system seems to be the best value right now. How does a workstation based on these parts sound?
 
CASE/MOTHERBOARD/PSU
SUPERMICRO SYS-7047GR-TRF
(4U Rackmountable / Tower Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800)

Dual 10 core CPU
Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 3.0GHz LGA 2011 130W Server Processor BX80635E52690V2
 
4 x GTX Titan Video Cards
EVGA 06G-P4-3793-KR GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK Superclocked 6GB

32GB RAM

SSD Cache Drive

SSD System Drive

Project Drive 1TB
(Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 10k HD)

 

Windows 7

 

(existing external RAID)
 

 

If I could find some 6GB 780ti cards, I would go with those over the Titans, but I can't seem to find them anywhere. We may do some GPU render nodes based on a stripped down version of this too (basically 1 HD, and a lot cheaper CPU).

 

Is Windows 7 still the best choice?


John Blessing 2013 Reel

04 December 2013 - 06:39 PM

Finally, after 3 years I have an all-new reel.

 

Let me know what you think! Any/all feedback is welcome!!!

 


AE CC/C4D R15 - Anyone using them full time yet?

08 October 2013 - 06:27 PM

So after paying for CC for months now, is anyone using these latest versions regularly? I've tried on a couple projects and had various issues that have made me go back to CS6/R14.

 

The only CC app I regularly use now is Illustrator. How sad is that? Yes, PS and Encoder are growing on me, but I'm not using anything in CC that wasn't in CS6 in those apps.

 

AE CC makes me choose between importing/using/rendering QTs and using my external (via internal AJA card) monitor. C4D's team render (more specifically it's lack of a good render queue) prevents us from using R15. Yes, I'm on a 2010 Mac Pro and have the limitations (no nvidia, etc) that come with that. So maybe if you are on newer hardware you are seeing more advantages? maybe?

 

Are guys on PCs having any better luck?