NeverWait | Animation Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

NeverWait is a liquid-cooled workstation designed for After Effects, Illustrator, Audition, AME, Storyboarder, OBS, Cinema 4D, Blender, Octane, Unity, Unreal Engine, Substance Designer, VVVV, Nuke, ZBrush, and lots of small plugins. This workstation takes into account high CPU core speed, thread count, several m2 slots, room for high-speed network adapters, and room for several high-powered video cards. This build is designed around a 10-core i9-9900X processor and 2 GTX 1080Ti 11GB video cards.

 
 

Long System Description

Briar and I connected at an Autodesk event in 2017 and had a nice initial conversation about the upcoming Threadripper launch and network storage. Over the next few years, we stayed in contact via email, Brian could start to see a change for his aging animation workstation.

When he’d finally had enough, he contacted me about a high-end liquid-cooled workstation designed for a wide range of animation softwares and rendering engines. Over the next several days, we figured out what he needed in the PC performance-wise and catered to his personal wishes.

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

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900X

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

The 9900X was a big upgrade over his previous 3960X, and gave him a ton of new capacity for editing, rendering, and IO.

While Z390 offered a faster editing experience, X299 had more threads for heavily multithreaded work, and more PCI lanes for m2 NVME SSDs, video cards, and network cards. Additionally, while Ryzen 3000 does have a more attractive ratio between speed, threads, and price, it had not been released yet.

Brian preferred the immediate stronger editing/modeling performance with Intel, and was willing to invest in the X299 platform.

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of air. While water does cool better, air is more reliable, and this cooler also runs extremely quietly.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Brian agreed with the visual design, and wanted the extra cooling power.

Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 DESIGNARE EX

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility, dual onboard Thunderbolt 3 ports, several m2 slots, tons of PCI slots, and robust design. Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

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

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8x16GB DDR4-2666

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

Brian needed 128GB of memory for his workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): 2x Samsung 860 EVO 1TB (Boot, General)

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

Brian understood my explanation of the build quality, and wanted the large amount of space.

Storage (SSD): 3x Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME

I chose these SSDs for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When NeverWait was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use three 1TB models for work storage and application cache. Samsung is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Brian understood my explanation of the build quality, and wanted the large amount of space.

Storage (HDD): Seagate EXOS 10TB

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

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

Video Card (GPU): 2x Asus RTX 1080Ti 11GB STRIX

These GPUs were provided by Brian, and are used mainly for multi-monitor support.

He may consider RTX Hybrid models as he delves further into 3D modeling, using GPU-accelerated rendering engines such as Octane and Redshift.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200W

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

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

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

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

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

Fans: 7x Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, low-noise operation, and long-term stability.

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

Network Adapter: Intel X540-BT2


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