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Cost options for render nodes
show user profile  rob@dynamic
Hi all,

I know this is a very broad question. However my tech knowledge is pretty limited.

We are looking at upgrading our render farm in house.

Looking to possibly spend up to £50k

What would be our best option re. bang for our buck. We predominantly use Corona now, and want to be able to render in house animations, rather than outsourcing to Rebus. (not sure if that will sway anything)

Any input would be greatly appreciated


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12/21/2016 11:33:04 AM (last edit: 12/21/2016 11:33:04 AM)
show user profile  ijzerman
We just upgraded our workstations. Although we dont have the budget you have after some research we bought 2 pc's of the following:

Supermicro case
Supermicro SC743 TQ-865B-SQ

Supermicro mobo
SUPERMICRO X10DAX

2x Xeon 2650V4
Because, although not the highest clockspeed they offer the best bang for buck. More cores or more speed costs increasingly more after this model.

64gb ram, 4x16.
Gives us room to upgrade to more later on.

3 possible gpu slots, only 1 occupied at the moment.

total cost ex vat was 4000,- (euro's)
Including assembly, warranty and 1x 1070 gpu.

You can get the case to be rackmounted if you get more :)

Im very happy with it so far, super silent and pretty quick :)


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12/21/2016 12:46:31 PM (last edit: 12/21/2016 12:46:31 PM)
show user profile  rob@dynamic
thanks for the info mate.

just spoke to workstations and they have recommended these.

said they can do 7 of them for within our budget...

https://www.workstationspecialist.com/rs-r4220-u1.html

any good?


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12/21/2016 12:53:33 PM (last edit: 12/21/2016 12:53:33 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
Depends a bit on the configuration. I only see the base setup here.
The more pc's you get the more management time is needed and licenses for plugins too( vray maybe). Higher elctricity bill too.
With this budget i would splash out a bit more on faster processors and get fewer pc's.
We have the 2650v4's which are nice, would have liked a bit higher clockspeed being a workstation.
For a render node that doesnt really matter i think.

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12/21/2016 4:32:36 PM (last edit: 12/21/2016 4:32:36 PM)
show user profile  chillywilson
I have good results with boxx in the past
http://www.boxx.com/products/rendering-and-simulation/renderfarm-on-wheels

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12/22/2016 7:01:16 PM (last edit: 12/22/2016 7:01:16 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
How often is your current render farm utilized?

-Marko Mandaric



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12/23/2016 12:30:32 AM (last edit: 12/23/2016 12:30:32 AM)
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