Render slave’s setup and benchmarks

loocas | hardware,miscellaneous,technical | Thursday, February 11th, 2010
render node setup

I’ve finally received all the parts for my first render slave and immediately got into assembling and installing it. The rig is quite simple, very mainstream and very affordable. A standard ATX board placed in a 1U rack chassis, a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, two drives, one primary for the system and software and the other for buffering stuff, no DVD drive, no GPU, 350W power supply and that’s it. All running 64bit Windows 7 Professional.

I was kinda curious how this baby would perform once installed in the rack and how it’ll compare to my workstation, which is also a Core i7, 12GB of RAM, tons of HDD space (about 4TB), GeForce GTX285, some BD and DVD drives and other stuff all crammed on a standard ATX main board.

Here’s a quick video of the setup and of the first benchmark, for which I used the latest 64bit FryBench renderer. Quite surprisingly, the render node performed a bit faster than my workstation (might be due to the fresh install, though). It rendered the glass scene in 00h:07m:12s.

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Music © Frank Klepacki

My workstation finished the scene in 00h:07m:29s.

I’m quite pleased with not only the speed of the render node, but also how cool it is. The temperature never went above 70°C, which is very, very good! Especially in a crammed rack setup. But obviously, the more nodes in the rack, the more heat they’ll produce and I’ll certainly have to deal with that later, especially during summer.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi, nice that you used fryrender for benchmark, iam using it sometimes also so now its easy to compare fo me. thnx

    Comment by Milos — February 14, 2010 @ 22:07

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