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Everything posted by Immitem

  1. Unfortunately none of this addresses my concerns with the motherboard itself. I already know AMD is the superior path* but is the Asrock Phantom Gaming really such a pita, like I read, when it comes to stability, build quality, and TB3 performance that the shortcomings of Intel are overshadowed by giving me a more stable experience? I need to lug this thing around to supplement my laptop until I become proficient in Linux as W10s quirks make it increasingly frustrating to use for 3D rendering but I also want to be able to double my rendering horsepower when I bring it home by plugging in an eG
  2. Budget (including currency): <2000 CAD - Not including GPU Country: Canada Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Blender, Maya, Redshift 3D, Zbrush, and Substance Painter Other details Hello there. I made a thread somewhat similar to this a couple of months ago (so expect some Deja-vu) but circumstances changed and now I have a clearer goal and more funds to work with. TL;DR Versions: My research points to the MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY being the more stable platform with superior TB3 performance (for adding an external GPU enclosure when not lugging it
  3. The problem is that I have never had a good time selling my computer stuff to anyone other than family, in person or online. I have asked some people I know if they are interested but have gotten only vague answers. Furthermore, I am only interested in getting a new system if it has thunderbolt3 but am limited to either a mini-itx board or expensive AF Threadripper motherboard with AMD and I do not need the processor speed to justify the price of the latter. I have heard some very hit or miss reports on AICs for AMD motherboards with headers, I have even seen some claims that the Gigabyte Tita
  4. What a weird title. Hello there LTT forums! I need some help here and I am sure that I probably know what the answer is already but I feel the need to have someone slap me in the face with some hard, scaly, fishy truth. At least Sea Bass sized, no Lake Sturgeons!!! Here is the TL;DR version: Can I overclock either a 5960x or 6950x for 255 and 430 dollars CAD respectively to compete with a Ryzen 7 3700x and keep my old workstation relevant and also capable of handling 2 top of the line RTX cards for productivity purposes? The long, did read version:
  5. I took a look at processor prices and the cheapest 1600 I could find is 185 dollars CAD plus 20 dollars S/H on ebay. I forgot to check if it was international which means added border fees. I think I will stick with the 2200g for now as I will not be gaming with it. Mostly 3D modling and sculpting which is mainly single threaded. The more intensive ZBrush and Maya Fluids operations are where the extra threads will be thrown this summer. As for the case size, length and width are my main concern as if it any bigger there then it would not fit in any of my bags. I might be able to
  6. I will keep that all in mind. I do want want to overspend on the cpu since I intend to replace it this summer but if the prices are as low as you say they are then I will take a better look around. Might even check out the used market. As for the cooler, I will check out your suggestion. It might seem counterintuitive to go for a heavier one but if I can somehow brace it against the top of the case without interfering with the fan or airflow then it would likely be best for the health of the motherboard when traveling.
  7. I will be putting my Titan XM into it, that is why I asked about the GPU support brace that comes in the 202 and if it is good enough to prevent warping when transporting (also why I am getting such a large PSU). I will also take a peak at those ssds but I need fast ones for caching when GPU rendering. The HDD is just for long-term storage and backup.
  8. Hello there. My second forum post in the last couple of days, I am becoming active, hehe. I am going to be doing a SFF workstation build with the intent of hot-desking and the Node 202 seems to be the best case for me but I have a few questions first. Mind you, I already measured and it will fit into my carry-on and motorcycle saddle-bags, I just need to know if it will survive. I do not intend to drop it or anything, only put it through what my Sager NP9150 survived over the last 6 years. The first is how good is the internal GPU support brace and will it
  9. Hello there. Not long ago I create a forum post inquiring as to which laptop to buy for 3D work but then re-evaluated my options and decided that it would be far more economical to go with a Node 202 build and a Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 for the same price (using an Old video card of mine instead of buying a new one)! To save on a tangle of wires when hot-desking I am hoping to run the Cintiq off of USB C video output. The problem is that I have no idea which Mini ITX motherboards support this feature, much less the ability to get the video output from the dedicated GPU itself!!!
  10. I do not intend to render on the battery. I only need to setup shop in the various locations I have to set down at. A 15 inch laptop is a 15 inch laptop. It does not matter if it weighs 3 pounds or 10 pounds as long as I can fit it into the same satchel or motorcycle bags I already have. The MSI laptop does not overheat according the reviews I have read on it but the Sky X4C does when fully specced out (in the ballpark of 300-370 watts of combined CPU/GPU TDP) which is not my intention (it also does not help that the GPU and CPU share 2 heatpipes). I want to run it a
  11. I am looking to get a high-end laptop for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering and the one that has caught my eye is the Eurocom Sky X4C both for its upgradability and purported cooling potential but I want some informed opinions before I pull the trigger as well as some alternative suggestions. For the record, I will be doing a lot of traveling and will need a laptop in order to do the work that I need to do so buying a small form-factor PC is out of the question, unfortunately. I am also pretty fit so weight is not a factor, but size is so I would prefer avoiding a 17+ inch model if I can h
  12. Ebay from a longtime user with a 100% score both buying and selling. The GPUz thing is something I have seen before when a GPU is damaged but also sometimes fixed by plopping it into a new PC, speaking of which, I still need to do that. One more thing, I examined the PCB and it is identical to all images of a c2075 that I could find without pulling the heatsink off.
  13. OK, here is the lowdown. I bought a Tesla c2075 for pretty cheap to go into a retro workstation but I am worried that it got damaged on route as the box it arrived got smooshed and USPS did not bother to prevent the card (which the seller securely wrapped in an anti-static bag and Styrofoam) from bouncing around in the box. Right off the bat I can install any Tesla or Maximus driver just fine but I cannot access the Nvidia control panel as it does not recognise any Nvidia card being plugged into the monitor (which it is) and the computer runs off of the generic VGA driver, no matter what the D
  14. I am trying to multi-quote here and I really do not know how so bear with me. I will be keeping the w9100 as I often work with hardsurface models consisting of thousands of objects and millions of polygons and the constant pausing with the other cards is a deal breaker. Since I use Redshift I actually have two 1070s in addition to the Titan XM and will be keeping all of them for GPU rendering. Despite the differences in the viewport performance the 1070 and Titan XM render roughly at the same speed. With a single character under a million polygons viewpo
  15. I just finished the benchmarks and you can find them here: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/maya-forum/are-quadros-and-firepros-still-important/m-p/7005008#M41216 In these sets of tests the 1070 appears to really pull ahead of the XM, interesting!
  16. Hi there. I was the one who created that thread (which seems to be thrown around a lot recently) and you are correct in that I am running a relatively recent version of Maya (2016 SP6). A little while ago I got my hands on a Titan XM for texture painting in SP2 before Firepro support was officially added and now I use it mainly for GPU rendering alongside the two 1070s but thought what the hell and tested it in Maya. To cut to the chase, the Titan XM is slightly faster than the 1070 and w9100 in viewport navigation but it lags behind the firepro everywhere else and in much heavier