Recommended Hardware for Deep Learning and Machine Learning

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Workstation Build Index

Deep Learning/Machine Learning Workstation Overview


Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

We chose the i9-9900K for its very high single-core performance and attractive multithreaded performance, which is helpful in situations that can use several CPU threads.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i PRO

To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket liquid cooler. Depending on the user, air might be preferred. For consistent heavy loads, liquid cooling tends t be preferred, especially when the workstation is close to the operator. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings.

Motherboard: Asus WS Z390 PRO

Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Asus. This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, four PCI 3.0 slots, dual gigabit LAN ports, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 64GB of memory.

Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666

We went with 64GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.

Storage (Hard Drives): HP EX950 1TB NVME + WD Red 6TB

The main NVME SSD and archival HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

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

The video cards were chosen for their memory capacity, CUDA cores, RT cores, and Tensor cores. These video cards use a hybrid liquid cooling solution that removes heat from the GPU core very quickly, preventing the GPUs from overheating, and keeping noise down. To ensure the hybrid cooler has enough air, we've incorporated 4 new high-pressure fans to blow directly onto the radiators.

Case: Corsair 750D Full Tower

The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.

Fans: 7x Noctua NF-F12 PWM Black

We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load. Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA T2 1600

The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load. Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

About Top Flight Computers

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

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