[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Paul Simpson paul at realisestudio.com
Fri Dec 16 14:39:19 EST 2005


These were built by a local small PC shop to order.  They know their 
stuff and take great pride in the whole affair.  Where super proud when 
delivering saying "listen, no noise" with large smiles on their faces.  
Sweet.

580W Tagan PSU.  Great build quality, v quiet.  Lian li Al case with lo 
rev fans.




Peter Bowmar wrote:
> Hi Paul,
>      Were those home-brew or commercially aquired boxes? I'm
> especially interested in quiet and of course, fast is always good too
> :) Do you know what wattage power supply the mobo needs?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Peter B
>
> On 15/12/05, Paul Simpson <paul at realisestudio.com> wrote:
>   
>> Well, we've just got a couple of great new machines.  Dual processor,
>> dual core opterons with 4G of RAM.  Superfast and so far, the most
>> stable (and quiet!)  machines I've had for some time.  Running opensuse
>> 10.  And when rendering you get to see geekily satisfying things like this:
>>
>> top - 19:11:45 up 9 days, 22:14, 17 users,  load average: 0.72, 1.87, 1.75
>> Tasks: 258 total,   9 running, 249 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
>> Cpu0  : 98.4% us,  1.6% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
>> Cpu1  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
>> Cpu2  : 99.2% us,  0.8% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
>> Cpu3  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
>> Mem:   4036776k total,  3442132k used,   594644k free,   229168k buffers
>> Swap:  1124508k total,   679412k used,   445096k free,  1028868k cached
>>
>> Looked into the quad machines, but you pay a real premium for those 8x
>> opterons.  Dual proc/core was the most cost effective way to go for us.
>> I agree with Pete, don't spend too much on the video card.  Running a
>> 6600GT here and thats just fine.
>>
>> -Paul
>>
>>
>>
>> Jed Schwartz wrote:
>>     
>>> I've never been very good at keeping up with the latest hardware
>>> innovations-- As we consider our year-end hardware upgrades- I'd like
>>> to hear what anyone might like to share regarding the best desktop
>>> configurations for running houdini-
>>>
>>> I'm finding with the latest houdini builds (especially running
>>> elaborate DOPs simulations-etc) I'm spending more and more time
>>> waiting for things to cook- What is the best overall recipe for a
>>> high- performance "houdini" system. Are the duel core processors a
>>> huge advantage to sys performance beyond render-?
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Jed-
>>>
>>>
>>>
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