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Workstation for a 3D Animation and Post-Production workstation.
Primary software: After Effects, Autodesk Maya Key thoughts: 64 gigs of RAM is really a necessity for After Effects GTX1070 displays viewport 2.0 perfectly in Maya, best high quality GPU for a reasonable price the 6900K / 8c CPU is both fast clocked (After Effects, Maya simulations) and has 8cores for rendering the Samsung SM961 is incredibly fast and is basically the 960Pro on a budget This is my first ever build I've actually build and researched myself, it was a challenging thing to do and as expected took me a long time to complete, however I am very happy with the result, and am working on it flawlessly even since I've completed the build in November 2016.
Stability is the MOST important thing for me, thus at this point I am not overclocking. However, I am using intel's 'Tubo Boost Max 3.0' App to run one of the cores @ 4.0GH. In Post Production, (except rendering) processes are 95% single core anyway, I figure this is the best setup to have a strong WS and have it last. The NH-D15S can easily maintain a moderate overclock if I ever wish to go that route.
This system is INCREDIBLY quiet, I actually went into a computer supplies shop to pic up a Motherboard "beeper" just to feel comfortable that the system posts (shame this motherboard doesn't come with a POST-Code beeper/ LED post code reader)
This was an upgrade from an x58, i7-950, 12gig workstation which held for over 5 years, and is now used as a backup system.
Well, it's intel HEDT, 8 core, 3.2 GH and Turbo boosts up to 4.0GH using intel's own TBM3.0 software. Excellent choice for a CG Workstation for Generalists (Animations, Simulations & Rendering) Cons: Expensive.
I did not stress this cooler enough, I am not OC'ing. However - it can easily handle a good OC, it's super quiet and like me old-school The best air-cooler on the market (Except maybe the D15 which is not going to fit well in my setup), No risk of water leaks. Cons: Expensive. Other thoughts: I bought thermal past, in no where I looked did it say that it comes with it - which is odd, Noctua is well known for A grade products so I don't see why they don't say that the thermal past is included..
Just do your homework with this board, Flashed the BIOS to F5 before a CPU was even installed, then works flawlessly. 64 gigs of ram, NVMe SSD were plug&play, no issues whats or ever. Running smoothly for 3 months now, highly recommended. Used for a workstation.
Excellent product on a reasonable price. Read Speeds: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3527.141 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1682.929 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 704.348 MB/s [171960.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 598.572 MB/s [146135.7 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 2522.604 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 1655.284 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 50.000 MB/s [ 12207.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 228.201 MB/s [ 55713.1 IOPS] Cons: Lack of support; no Firmware updates; No support for Samsung's excellent 'Magician' Software; Was hoping for better 4K reads.
Clean, Easy installation of hardware, more then enough room, great cable management options, quiet. Not cheap...
I used this for my first ever build, and by far - this was the most challenging part to choose without and true hardware knowledge. After a massive research this was my No.1 pick, it has excellent efficiency, Corsair PSUs are known to be highly reliable and stable. I am not an electrician or hardware expert so I can't completely rationalize my argument, but anywhere I've looked - this averages as the best option for my build.