We didn't want to make a machine that was upgradable in the future by hindering what it could do in the present. We did keep everything PCI 4.0 compliant, but C4D and Redshift do not support this yet. Wanted as many PCI lanes as we could get, with as many cores, with as fast a CPU boost speed possible that could support the fastest Nivida GPU combo possible with as much VRAM as possible. Then a solid mobo with stable temps that would accept the 3900x with no mucking about. Time is money.
Then all of it needed to be stable and easy enough to use it could be delivered to a customer and immediately be used to generate revenue on a deadline. 😳
The BIOS flash port is awesome!
We wanted 5G or better network connectivity without adding a card because most motherboards don't easily support more than 2 GPUs while allowing for other cards. At least not without a crammed case. And we wanted to stay air cooled.
C4D and Redshift benefit from the additional GPU, especially when it comes to the shared memory. As it was our customer's first 3d machine we decided to stay on the mid-ground and just only at the edge of the curve. Wanted to stay with tested gear but as new as possible. It blew the iMac Pro they were using out of the water. This machine was faster than what they needed, so far.
Thanks! Very happy overall.
Thanks. We got lots of oohs and ahhhs from the customer and staff. An award winning post house with new, loaded, Mac Pros. So that was cool being able to hang with all of that. Of course they have a half height Storm Trooper at the door as you walk into the suite with the server room. Felt like we were delivering a component to an Imperial Cruiser or something. 😆
It would be nice if BQ made a custom front plate for the existing case that was closer to an open face. So the filter wasn't all exposed like underwear when the cover's taken off. Would use different power cables for the GPUs, if not housed in a server room.
The $300-ish KVM solution was favored over the $6k used for day traders and the like. Or, for broadcast quality. Downside was that the receiver generated an error and wasn't recognized so Windows disabled it. Once we plugged the receiver into a USB hub and the hub into the tower it worked just fine. Unless the machine sleeps and the hub goes to sleep. Always something, LOL.
We have an armored 24 strand optical whip that connects the two suites. Between two brick buildings thatare connected together, that was some work. So we wanted to use the existing network. Having 6 strands left and set aside for future projects, we opted to go through the 10G copper network. It's linked at each end via dual 10G optical. The KVM gear is DIP switch controllable for addresses making it easy to setup and distribute on an IP network, even through switches. No point-to-point needed. This was a huge advantage.