Recommended Hardware for Octane and Redshift

Hardware We Recommend for Octane and Redshift

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 computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Workstation Build Index

Houdini | Arnold/KeyShot/Cinema 4D | VRay

Processor (CPU) | CPU Cooler | Motherboard | Memory (RAM) | Storage (Hard Drives) | Video Card (GPU) | Case | Fans | Power Supply

Octane/Redshift Workstation Overview

This Octane/Redshift Workstation is built around the Intel i7-9700K, providing a heavy amount of single-core performance that is necessary to properly feed the video cards.

Octane and Redshift scale very well with additional GPUs.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this design.

Octane Workstation Overview

System Design

This Octane/Redshift Workstation is built around the high-powered 8-core Intel i7-9700K CPU, providing a heavy amount of single-core performance that is necessary to properly feed the video cards.

This Octane/Redshift Workstation is designed for use in applications that heavily use GPU rendering, and scales very well with additional video cards.

Please contact us if the default 2 video card solution isn’t quite powerful enough for your needs.

Let’s Do It!


Processor (CPU)

Intel i7-9700K 8-Core Processor (afl)

We chose the 9700K for its heavy amount of single-core performance that is necessary to properly feed the dual video cards.

Intel i7-9700K 8-Core Processor

System Change: If you need more PCI lanes for more video cards, several things will need to change.

Please contact us if you find your workflow needing more than 2 GPUs.


CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler (afl)

To ensure that the i7-9700K remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler.

While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings.

Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work.

System Change: If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.


Motherboard

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO Motherboard (afl)

Because this Octane/Redshift Workstation requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Gigabyte.

This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, 2 PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 64GB of memory.

Let’s Do It!

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO Motherboard

System Change: Please contact us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.


Memory (RAM)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB DDR4-2666 Memory

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB DDR4-2666 Memory (afl)

We went with 32GB 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.

As Coffee Lake Refresh is a quad-channel platform based on DDR4-2666, the system is most stable by using 2 DIMMs at 2666 frequency.

System Change: If you come across a need for more memory, you can easily add in more sticks, with no need to change the system otherwise. The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Storage (Hard Drives)

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD (afl)

The main SSD was chosen for its high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Video Card (GPU)

Zotac RTX 2080 8GB (blower)

2x Zotac RTX 2080 8GB (blower) (afl)

The video cards were chosen for their memory capacity, CUDA cores, RT cores, and Tensor cores.

These video cards use a unique cooling solution that exhausts heat directly out the back of the PC, preventing heat from building up inside the PC.

To ensure the blower-style cooler has enough air, we've incorporated 2 additional fans to blow directly onto the GPUs.

Let’s Do It!

System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Case

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case (afl)

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

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case

System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


Fans

Phanteks PH-F120MP

3x Phanteks PH-F140MP Fan (afl)

2x Phanteks PH-F120MP Fan (afl)

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.

Phanteks PH-F140MP Fan

System Change: Reasons for changing the fans can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the fans selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


Power Supply

Corsair HX Platinum 1000W Fully-Modular Power Supply (afl)

The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, large 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.

Let’s Do It!

Corsair HX Platinum 1000W Fully-Modular Power Supply

System Change: Please contact us if you have questions about this power supply and your workflow.


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