View Full Version : Fastest PC for rendering

02-21-2003, 11:27 AM
I'm looking for a PC to just be a render box. So far I have come up with a Dual 3.06Ghz Xeon Dell for around $3200. The dual 2.4Ghz is about $1700, so is the speed difference really worth it ? I guess I could get 2 for the same price as one 3.06Ghz. Also should I go Linux instead of windows, does it render quicker.

Any suggestions ?

02-21-2003, 11:47 AM
Let's see...

2 x 3.0ghz = 6.0ghz = $3200

2 x 2.4ghz = 4.8ghz = $1700

2 x 2 x 2.4ghz = 9.6ghz = $3400 :)

If you've really got 3000+ bucks to spend you'd be crazy to spend it on the dual 3ghz (although the hyper-threading functionality does add some marginal benefits). How much are dual 2.8's? You always pay top dollar for Intel's current state-of-the-art CPU, big savings can be made if you buy a model down. If you truly want the fastest rendering you can get then I'd buy two dual boxes.

As far as Linux goes, the ScreamerNet client isn't available yet so it looks like you're stuck with Windows 2000/XP Pro for the time being...

02-22-2003, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by Aegis
...(although the hyper-threading functionality does add some marginal benefits)...

All "Prestonia" Xeons (the ones with 512kB L2 cache) have hyper-threading, so it's only the extra 660MHz per CPU you're paying...
unless you need a superfast machine to model/animate i'd say go with two 2.4GHz boxes...
Well single frames are hard to split across two machines, but for animations it's no problem.

Linux...well Lightwave works under wine AFAIK, but you'd rather sacrifice performance in that combo instead of gaining some, besides that i think Linux still doesn't support Hyper-Threading properly, but i'm really no Linux-geek...

02-22-2003, 01:51 PM
It's your money but I wouldn't waste money on the 3 gigahertz P4's. They're very expensive and in 6 months, they'll be half as cheap as they are now and you'll be kicking yourself. The best and fastest things are overrated.

02-22-2003, 03:54 PM
I agree with hrgiger...The latest and greatest is becoming a real yawn......If you want the latest and greatest that is out now wait 6 months then buy it and then pretend you are living 6 months in the past.....Your wallet will be a whole lot happier...
Ken Mac

02-24-2003, 07:50 AM
Are you sure you can get dual 3ghz chips? Last I heard, 2.4 was the max in dual chips.

02-24-2003, 08:52 AM
I didn't think so either but saw that Dell has a Dual 3.6Ghz Xeon processor in one if it's machines. They're not really worth the money.

02-24-2003, 10:29 AM
Why spend $3000.00 for a render box when you can get butt-loads of rendering at http://www.respower.com

02-24-2003, 04:38 PM
simple, cause having your own render box rocks... Come on think of all the people you can annoy by having one...!

Epita 'i want one too'