View Full Version : Reder Farm Specs

05-27-2008, 07:00 PM
I work for a planetarium as an animator. The question I have is on render farms. We have a budget in the area of $5,000-$10,000. What would be a good renderfarm to setup i.e. specs.

05-27-2008, 07:05 PM
If you stick this thread out to the end:


there's lots of great info and banter on specs, price and performance.

05-27-2008, 07:08 PM
I'd get a bunch of intel quad cores, at least 4GB each, win64 (either Vista Pro or XP64). Make sure they have GBit Ethernet.
That should cost you less than 1000US$ per node (probably US$800 - 900 depending on the config). To (roughly) get the best bang for the buck, calculate the total cost of the system and then divide by the total GHz (if the CPUs are of the same series).

You'd also need to figure a bit of cash for a network switch, probably a KVM and a single monitor, just in case.

Dell might be an option for rack mounted servers if they have a decent offer going on, talking to a rep helps to get what you want (and maybe a discount).


05-27-2008, 07:43 PM
I appreciate the quick reply!

05-29-2008, 08:05 AM
That would be enough money to purchase several months worth of unlimited rendering at ResPower (http://www.respower.com) and make use of about 400 computers.