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Fractal Beast
by Abstractals
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I'm a Canadian digital artist who renders extremely high-resolution fractal designs for production on archival canvas.

Art sales have been increasing, so I decided to throw together a system that could handle the stress of a crazy rendering session. With this i7-3960x, and 32GB of Patriot RAM, this system has impressed even me... and I haven't even tried to overclock it yet.

Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate782MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks, inconel. I have two other builds I'll be adding here, plus the HTPC I'm currently building. I can tell you that the complex fractal artwork that used to take three days to render can now be done (in most cases) overnight, so that's all the difference I need.

I do actually game on this system, as well (I just bought 'Witcher 2' and 'Bioshock Infinite' during the Steam Summer Sale), so I may do a few gaming benches just to see how it compares.

Mattios 1 point 15 months ago

Can I ask what you were rendering on (CPU, RAM etc)? :)

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

It was an Intel Core i7-2600K and 8GB of OCZ RAM. I'll post the full specs of that system shortly.

Sabotage 5 points 15 months ago

I was expecting a fractal case!

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

LOL! I am building a Fractal Design HTPC as I type this. Their Node 605 is fantastic.

Sabotage 1 point 15 months ago

Cool!I love the look of the node.

l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

any reason for the 580? recycled or sometihng?

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Yes, it's from a previous build. I also don't need a top-of-the-line GPU for fractal rendering, so the 580 is actually overkill for my needs.

Broadsky 1 point 15 months ago

What exactly is a "Fractal Rendering"?

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

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Broadsky 1 point 15 months ago

Looks very cool, I never know that that kind of art could take up so much power and RAM.

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Well, you can render a desktop-sized fractal flame at fairly high quality in a an hour or so, but my designs are typically in the 350-megapixel range, so I can produce them as 5-foot by 5-foot canvases.

Broadsky 1 point 15 months ago

Cool, so how would someone start doing this type of art?

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Take a peek into some of the more popular rendering apps, like Ultra Fractal 5, or check out some Apophysis Tutorials on DeviantArt.

And be prepared to invest a good deal of time! ;)

Broadsky 1 point 15 months ago

So would you recommend a pretty beefy CPU and lots of RAM?

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

A lot depends on what software you decide to use. Generally, more RAM is better, but some older fractal-generating apps can only run under 32-bit Windows and with limited RAM.

That being said, Apophysis has a free rendering add-on called FLAM4 that can use your GPU's CUDA architecture. This will speed up rendering considerably, but can be tricky to use.

SIRmisterD 1 point 15 months ago

Do you think you should've gone with a NVIDIA Quadro GPU? I think (not too sure) that the Quadro series is better if your doing high editing like you are.

Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

If I ever get into using CUDA architecture for rendering, I'll probably upgrade to something crazy. This 580 is just a carry-over from an older machine.

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Abstractals [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 15 months ago

I don't need a better graphics card for the games I play. It's a rendering server, not a gaming machine.