Gents, I need your help in figuring out my best options for a new graphics workstation. I know this topic comes up once in a while, but since the technology changes it needs fresh feedback.
Here are the prerequisites:
Windows 7 64 bit system
Best for CS5 (5.5 soon)
Lots of AE graphics work and Premiere in HD 1080 50i/25p
Budget is not an issue.
The tricky part – it’s preferable that I get a pre-built system from one vendor (for use in Europe).
In our testing, we see a performance plateau around 8-10 rendering processes. (Things like I/O and RAM bus speed start to emerge as the bottlenecks.) So, if you have a machine with 24 logical cores, you’ll get maximum performance only using half or fewer of them for background rendering processes. If you put 48GB of RAM in such a machine and left a third of it for other applications, After Effects would have all that it needs.
As for single-source vendors, HP might be nice if you want the DreamColor displays — and the Z800 is a very nice workstation.
BOXX Technologies is a really nice vendor in the US that purpose-builds machines for VFX and 3D work. They may have a European reseller in your region.
[Tudor "Ted" Jelescu]“Budget is not an issue.”
So refreshing to see this — instead of the usual “I want supercomputer performance, but I can afford a calculator watch.”
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