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Artesian

7 GPU RTX 2080 hybrid liquid-cooled Cinema/Octane Render Supercomputer Rig - AKA thanks PLX chips! One of very few in the world.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

We just finished & photographed the build of our 7 GPU Hybrid Supercomputer Render Rig with 7X RTX 2080s from Evga. Designed for Octane Render, it's powered by a Xeon W chip on a Gigabyte server board; 128GB of ECC RAM and 2X 1600W PSUs. 

If it's not a world first of its type, it's at least quite rare -- as getting all 7 gpus functional at maximum theoretical [16x8x16x8x16x8x16x8] PCIE bandwidth is a huge, annoying challenge. It involves tweaking some in-depth settings related to PCIE compatibility. 


Usually we build high end desktops, but we couldn't resist trying this out. It's going to save the final user A LOT of money on AWS render costs. 

Why liquid cool? It's going to be run in an office so being extra quiet is helpful. 

Why 7 GPUs? If you put 4 gpus in two rigs, you pay twice for the motherboard, case, RAM, AIO, and drive... so this saves a few thousand bucks. 

It easily outperforms an amazon cloud server that costs MANY times more than it does. 

Basic SPECS & PARTS:

  1. 7X EVGA RTX 2080 hybrids, for a total of around 24,000 CUDA cores.

  2. XEON W 2125+ (any W series will work on this board)

  3. Gigabyte MW51-HP0 dual gigabit [not 10gig] networking, 7x16 pcie slots!

  4. 128GB Samsung ECC server RAM

  5. Corsair H100 AIO cooler (large air coolers would not fit under the thick risers!)

  6. 7X Thermaltake risers

  7. 2X EVGA 1600W PSUs

  8. Custom aluminum frame (adapted from mining & modified to support the huge heavy radiators)

  9. 3D printed PSU adapter bracket and PSU adapter to join the two PSUs. Master PSU activates the slave when turned on.

 

Posted this to Reddit last week and got lots of positive response; a few folks suggested we post here as well! So here we are. :)

Questions/comments let me know...


Thanks for looking, 

-Artesian 

Hybrid Render Rig -- WM for show.jpg

Hybrid Render Rig -- WM for show2.jpg

Hybrid Render Rig -- WM for show3.jpg

Hybrid Render Rig -- WM for show4.jpg

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, KING OF THE DIRTY DANS said:

Youre a mad man mate.

I love it

Good job with the cables and making them look good

Appreciate that note. There's a lot of wiring around the master supply and it can become a real rat's nest if you aren't careful. Will work on this even more next time. 

Opting for 2 individual cables for each GPU increases safety but definitely adds bulk. 

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Is it really worth it to invest so much for Octane? Like if you are a freelance artist is it the difference between hours and minutes kind of thing? I guess you could look at it like a freelance photographer and spending so much on a camera and lenses. Also does octane scale 1:1 for every GPU added?


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4 hours ago, BuckGup said:

Is it really worth it to invest so much for Octane? Like if you are a freelance artist is it the difference between hours and minutes kind of thing? I guess you could look at it like a freelance photographer and spending so much on a camera and lenses. Also does octane scale 1:1 for every GPU added?

An equivalent server on AWS costs >$40,000 per year. If you have at least half a week's worth of rendering to do during the business week, this rig pays for itself within the first year! 

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Awesome project, and very sleek looking for having so much hardware going on.

Good job!


GAMING RIG CPU: Intel i7-6700K (4.7GHz @ 1.39v) Motherboard: Asus Z170 Pro GPU: Asus GTX 1070 8GB RAM: 32GB Kingston HyperX Fury Hard Drive: WD Black NVMe SSD 512GB Power Supply: XFX PRO 550W  Cooling: Corsair H115i Case: NZXT Switch 810 (white) Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit Monitor: AOC 27" QHD 144Hz Keyboard: Corsair K70 Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite Audio: Bose QC25
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