[Sidefx-houdini-list] i7 or dual Xeons

Cristobal Infante cgcris at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 06:25:33 EDT 2016


For houdini dual xeons no doubt about that. Have a look at the dell
precision T7610, 7810 or T7910.

I think they all come with dual cpu boards, so you can upgrade later
(double check that).

You can get good price for them on dell outlet, or even ebay with dell
warranty. They allow 3 gpus, and have a 1300w PSU.

Best thing about them is that they are SUPER silent, which is so important
for me at least.

Don't waste time and money building a pc unless it's something you enjoy
doing.



On 24 October 2016 at 11:05, Adam Tween <adam at bigheadgames.co.uk> wrote:

> Yes really. I've a dual 2.4ghz Xeon (32 cores) with 128GB RAM and dual
> Titan Blacks. The RAM and second Titan are the best things about it.
>
> Single core ops are the pits (3% CPU usage, think about that) unless you
> have a lot of other things to do in the background in which case it can be
> a blessing - but not really a $4k blessing (a second i7 would be handier if
> you have space). A LOT of things (inc in Houdini) are still single core.
>
> I'm doing different work to what I was doing back when I bought that
> machine (I just work on an i7 now as I moved overseas, old box is on a
> shelf at my parent's). I found GPU accel sims were a beautiful thing but
> not all sims are OpenCL accelerated so even that's a juggling act. Forget
> Tesla, get Titans or Ti's and RAM, both system and GPU. Excess system RAM
> has saved my skin more than anything else during pinch points over the
> years.
>
> 2 cents from the dark side :)
>
> Cheers
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 24, 2016, at 5:33 AM, Mirko Jankovic <mirkoj.animator at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Sure they work great, point is for someone that is buying new workstation
> > now they are really not good choice :)
> > ᐧ
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Zoran Arizanovic <
> > zoran.arizanovic at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> i am satisfied with them and RS
> >> its not the newest gear but works for me
> >> sorry cant share scenes as they are huge
> >> I think on RS forum there is some benchmark scene
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Zoran Arizanovic
> >> LinkedIn <http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zoran-arizanovic/4/177/295>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM, Mirko Jankovic <
> >> mirkoj.animator at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> "i have hp z800
> >>> 72gb ram
> >>> dual xeon old ones
> >>> and quadro4000+tesla k40 in"
> >>>
> >>> Quadro and Tesla are BAD choice for Redshift.
> >>> Price vs performance is really really bad.
> >>> Any newer GTX cards will be faster of both of those cards and price
> wise
> >>> don't even wan't to go that road :)
> >>>
> >>> If you are able to share any of those scenes to test and compare I will
> >>> gladly do it on misc cards :)
> >>> ᐧ
> >>>
> >>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Zoran Arizanovic <
> >>> zoran.arizanovic at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> i have hp z800
> >>>> 72gb ram
> >>>> dual xeon old ones
> >>>> and quadro4000+tesla k40 in
> >>>> for redshift and houdini its amazing speed benefit
> >>>>
> >>>> average 3d scene with GI renders in under 2min per frame
> >>>>
> >>>> https://vimeo.com/180557603
> >>>>
> >>>> sampling like this on mantra I cant get away from less than 30min
> >>>>
> >>>> https://vimeo.com/182658511
> >>>>
> >>>> and volume sim and render on a machine like this is a matter of
> minutes
> >>>> not hours
> >>>>
> >>>> https://vimeo.com/180051394
> >>>>
> >>>> Zoran Arizanovic
> >>>> LinkedIn <http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zoran-arizanovic/4/177/295>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:28 AM, Mirko Jankovic <
> >>>> mirkoj.animator at gmail.com>
> >>>> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> 6950X is not really good comparison here as their price is simple
> >>>> extereme
> >>>>> a bit over board so...
> >>>>> You can get nice 5930k that will do great job. I havent followed on
> >>> 6xxx
> >>>>> series much honestly but there are great ones from taht series as
> >> well
> >>>> taht
> >>>>> will not kill your budget.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> And any i7 with 40 PCI lanes is good to handle 4 GPUs without issues.
> >>>>> Redshift benefits more of faster cores then multiple cores... ofc
> >> still
> >>>>> talking about i7 range not i3 CPUs, and in that matter Xeon would
> >>>> actually
> >>>>> be worse for Redshift.
> >>>>> And honestly ton of things are more single core - higher speed
> >>> beneficial
> >>>>> then multi core slower speeds as you already pointed out.
> >>>>> So unless he is on Arnold, Vray or similar CPU render engine.. a lot
> >>> more
> >>>>> benefits are there from i7 compared to Xeons.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> For example 2 fastest e5-2687W xeons would be terrible choice for
> >>>> Redshift
> >>>>> as it have lower clock speeds and ton of cores that wont be used at
> >> all
> >>>> and
> >>>>> for price of two of them you can get i7 and couple great GPUs.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> but even with overboard 6950x tehre is still budget for couple good
> >>> GPUs,
> >>>>> compared to xeon route :)
> >>>>> plus you can OC i7
> >>>>> plus it handles 4 GPUs with ease :)
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> ᐧ
> >>>>> CC seeems it went to Robert only, sorry
> >>>>> ᐧ
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Robert Okker <
> >>>>> robert.okker at darlings-post.com> wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> I think it also depends if you're using other programes as well.
> >>>>>> Do you use any adobe programs like afx alot (take a single proc
> >> high
> >>>>>> clockspeed, because they scale shit with multiprocessor) or nuke,
> >>>> arnold.
> >>>>>> etc.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Don't know how well houdini scales with multicore etc.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> But as for price it isn't that much cheaper.
> >>>>>> this is a little list i created some weeks ago for our new ws.
> >>>>>> it's in euro's and prices will vary on region but still the price
> >> of
> >>> a
> >>>> 10
> >>>>>> core i7 is out of order.
> >>>>>> And even the 8 core is close to 2x dual xeon.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> I haven't use red shift but it supposed to scale really good with
> >>>>> multiple
> >>>>>> gpu's
> >>>>>> For this the xeons have an advantage of having more pci lanes
> >>>> available,
> >>>>>> so if you want to have a 3rd or fourth GTX card for rendering it
> >>> help's
> >>>>> ;)
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> proc cores procs clockspeed turbo total clockspeed price Single
> >> Total
> >>>>>> price/hrz
> >>>>>> i7-6950X 10 1 3 30 €1,727.09 €1,727.09 €57.57
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 8 2 2.1 3 33.6 €469.00 €938.00 €27.92
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 8 2 2.4 3.2 38.4 €710.40 €1,420.80 €37.00
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 10 2 2.2 3.1 44 €739.46 €1,478.92 €33.61
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2640 v3 8 2 2.6 3.4 41.6 €1,000.55 €2,001.10 €48.10
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 10 2 2.4 3.4 48 €1,000.55 €2,001.10 €41.69
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 10 2 2.3 46 €1,233.95 €2,467.90 €53.65
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 12 2 2.2 52.8 €1,368.36 €2,736.72 €51.83
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2660 v3 10 2 2.6 52 €1,722.00 €3,444.00 €66.23
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 12 2 2.5 60 €1,852.55 €3,705.10 €61.75
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 10 2 3.1 62 €2,593.95 €5,187.90 €83.68
> >>>>>> Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 12 2 3 72 €2,401.85 €4,803.70 €66.72
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Robert Okker
> >>>>>> Owner/Head of VFX
> >>>>>> Darlings Post productions
> >>>>>> Tel: + 31(0)20 - 6221900
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM, Olivier Jeannel <
> >>>>> facialdeluxe at gmail.com>
> >>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Damn, the message was posted without beeing finished typing...
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> So :
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> I'm considering buying a new workstation. kind of 3D machine that
> >>> will
> >>>>> do
> >>>>>>> everything (Sim + render(redshift gpu) )
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> 64 gb
> >>>>>>> one (or two) gtx 1080
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> But I'm still not fixed on the CPU.
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> I can have dual xeon 2x10 cores at 2.2 Ghz. They are quite
> >>> expensive,
> >>>>> and
> >>>>>>> the price grows a lot if I take faster xeon.
> >>>>>>> So I'm thinking of a fast i7 instead.
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> What's your opinion ?
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Thank you :)
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Olivier Jeannel <
> >>>>> facialdeluxe at gmail.com
> >>>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> Hello there,
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> The debate is still the same.
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> I'm considering buying a new workstation. kind of 3D machine
> >> that
> >>>> will
> >>>>>>> do
> >>>>>>>> everything (Sim + render(redshift gpu) )
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> 64 gb
> >>>>>>>> one (or two) gtx 1080
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> But I'm still not fixed on the CPU.
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> I can have dual xeon 2x10 cores at 2.2 Ghz. They are quite
> >>>> expansive,
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> >>>>>
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