Description

I've always sailed happily with a full spec Macbook Pro for all my creative needs. Coming from a 2D background, that was more than enough to handle anything I threw at Adobe's Creative Suite. Jumping forward in time, as I dived into the world of 3D modeling and rendering to extend my set of skills, the wind changed. As my skills got better, my rendering times took longer. After wrapping up my last project, where it took +20 min for a good preview, I decided to jump ship and I couldn't be happier.

Big thanks to Anthony Remis for sharing The Beast - Dual 12 core Xeon w/Titan Xp and taking the time to answer a few of my questions. Except for parts variation, I pretty much replicated his build. Check out the O.G here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/3n3Ff7

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  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

:O

+1

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! Might wanna buy some hybrid kits for those gpu, they gonna cook :) maybe not but what another few hundred to protect those bad boys!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

There are enough fans to aircool 4 founder edition's GPUs in here :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

enough fans yes but not enough room for the top 1080ti to breathe at all

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I'll be moving it down as soon as I get a chance :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

A little trick you can do, and I think the 1080ti has this feature too is that you can remove part of the backplate, it gives the fan more breathing room when they are on top of each other.

I have tested 1080ti cards on top of each other in an open bench and think they are just fine stacked, might be a little more fan speed in warmer days but I would not be worried about it if you ever fill it with 4 cards. That is what that cooler is meant for.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Two question.

  1. Why not liquid cooling? It looks like you have space for it and went all out for this build.

  2. Why not get a better SLI bridge?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points
  1. This is an expensive rig and I really don't want to have to deal with water damage. And as Jeremiah mentioned below, I'm not focusing on the looks for the moment, though I might add some LEDs to be able to see inside the case :)
  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The air coolers do well on Xeon processors. I had that same cooler on the 12 core 3ghz (3.5ghz boost) Xeons and they easily cooled them. I mean FULL render load temps in the 60c range, no need to go water on a workstation unless there was not enough space for good air cooling.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

also your mobo has plenty of GPU slots

spread it out further apart for better cooling

they are too close together

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang...takes some dedication to spend 2k on ram and 1,200 on cpus...lmao

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

600w...In the words of john cena "are you sure about that"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mean 1600w Akhan?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

DAMN... definite GOALS for myself too. I barely on my 2nd term at a 3D school and my comp is slowly reaching its limitations with my i7 6700K. I do have a 1070 FTW and 960 evo SSD. What programs you use and what are your rendering times? I'm so curious! I mainly use Maya 2016 ext 2 and 2017, Vray 3.4-3.5 and Substance Painter 2.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey P-O,

I mainly use Modo and it's native renderer and C4D and Octane. Playing with Arnold too :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How's Octane and Modo? I havent touched Modo, Octane, Blender, Rhino and C4D just yet. lol Vray is complicated but it does magic. Substance Painter is amazingly easy. I heard Renderman is free to use. Im still messing with arnold but there are UV and render glitches that i havent figured out how to fix.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Man that GPU power :) How is the CPU power working out for you at those clock speeds? Also that Asus board does allow for some overclocking, although I would ONLY do it if you can properly stress test it. It would be bad to have it crash on a 10+ hour render.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good build ! I keep this ;)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi!!! A built a similar rig (here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Vc4qqs ) but I am using two standard GTX 1080, not the Ti ones.

One thing I am having problems is the PCI Express distribution between the processors.

If I put my 1080's in slots 1 and 3, close to each other, I can get a solid 12111 score with Time Spy but the video cards overheat (84 celsius) because their are too close to each other, even removing the back panel of the card on slot 3 to save some mm for cooling the card on slot 1.

If I split them between slots 1 and 5 my Time Spy freeze in the first 20 seconds and I have some lag playing need for speed. I suspect it is because the slot 1 is controled by processor 1 and slot 5 is controled by processor 2. Other games I have no issues (Diablo, Call of Duty and Skydiver 3dMark). In this scenario the temperature on the cards are always under 70 celsius under heavy load.

Lookslike everytime a given SLI feature is used by the software and the hardware must exchange information between the SLI cards in different processors something goes out of sync.

Have you faced similar issues?

So far my only solution in mind is migrate to custom watercooling solution for the GTX 1080's but man... Put water inside a USD 10K rig is a crazy risk to take.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

I wonder how you manage to get SLi working with just one bridge

you can use two of those flexible SLi bridge for HB SLi

with one, the nVidia Control Panel would have given a warning that SLi cannot be enable

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Dragon, these do work, they just aren't the high bandwidth one.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

That top GPU needs some air! You're suffocating it. Other than that, great build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I'll be doing that soon.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have tested these cards in this configuration. They actually cool just fine :)

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Yea, I'm already running out after syncing my files and all. I was really pleasantly surprised by the Win 10 user experience. It's soo much better than in my memories!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Loool. This one has done enough damage for a while D-Man :)