Deep Shadow | Deep Learning Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Deep Shadow is a high-end liquid-cooled workstation designed for deep learning and machine learning that we built for Pixel Scientia Labs. This build is designed around an 8-core i9-9900K processor and twin liquid-cooled RTX 2080Ti 11GB video cards.

 
 

Long System Description

Deep Shadow was our 37th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Heather found us from a Facebook group in early 2019 and immediately decided to take the conversation further. She filled out a contact form for a high-end liquid-cooled workstation designed for deep learning and machine learning.

She knew most of what she wanted (CPU, GPUs, RAM, Storage), so our role was to provide the rest of the hardware necessary to make a robust long-term workstation.

I have no doubt Heather will return to us when she needs a new high-end workstation.

"Chris built a deep learning workstation for me using two of the latest Nvidia GPUs, a high-end Intel CPU, and liquid cooling on both. He selected all the other components for my specific needs, and delivered the machine personally.

The only issue I had was with the secondary hard drives not being visible from Linux and he came over to my house the next day to resolve it!

This machine greatly increases my efficiency as a machine learning practitioner. Thank you Chris!"

- Heather, Raleigh NC

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance.

The 9900K represented the most powerful single-core CPU that was available at the time, and fit within her budget well.

Heather preferred the immediate stronger editing/modeling performance with Intel, and understood that needing more CPU threads down the road would require a new motherboard as well.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro RGB

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of water. While air is more reliable, water cools better and runs quieter.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Heather agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability of high-end water coolers.

Motherboard: Asus WS Z390 Pro

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility, 4 PCI 3.0 slots, and extremely robust design. Asus is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

Heather agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Heather needed 64GB of memory for her workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Deep Shadow was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model for general work storage. Samsung is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Heather understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (HDD): 2x Western Digital Red 6TB

I chose this HDD for robust design, high capacity, and low cost. Western Digital is also one of my preferred HDD manufacturers.

Heather didn’t need more space for archival storage, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): 2x EVGA RTX 2080Ti 11GB XC Hybrid

I chose this GPU for long-term performance, low noise, superior cooling power, and robust design.

Heather needed lots of GPU power for her workloads, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RMx 1000

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.

Heather wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, and long-term stability.

Heather wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, and water cooling.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.