VRay is an extremely powerful rendering engine, with support for highly threaded CPUs and powerful video cards. This is one software application that can scale up from a single CPU/GPU install, to a multi-GPU system, to a dual-CPU multi-GPU workstation, and peaking at a multi-1U rackmounted server.
This system has been configured with 16 CPU cores, is designed with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and can handle more powerful video cards with zero changes necessary. If your work benefits from having CPUs, please contact us and we can quote you a configuration capable of handling dual CPUs.
Depending on your production level, this workstation can scale down and up with CPU and GPU horsepower. Please let us know if you are using VRay RT or VRay Adv, as this is key to correctly designing your new workstation.
This workstation can scale up to a rack-mounted server as well, if you need even denser rendering performance. Please contact us if you need a 1U rackmount server for maximum performance.
Overall System Performance
This VRay Workstation performs well in applications optimized for extremely highly multithreaded CPUs, with very high GPU rendering capabilities.
Threadripper 2950X | NH-U14S TR4 | X399 AORUS XTREME | 32GB DDR4-2666 | 860 EVO 500GB | Red 2TB | 4x RTX 2080 (blower) | Enthoo Pro | SuperNOVA T2 1600 | Windows 10 Pro | PH-F120MP/PH-F140MP
This VRay Workstation is $9000 as Currently Designed
Workstations as Low as $1500 are Available
System Design Rationale & Upgrade Path
We've put a fair amount of thought into how we designed this system, and would like to explain why we chose the above components. We'll also explain the various upgrades to the system, as you might desire.
We chose the Threadripper 2950X for its high single-core performance, high multithreaded performance, and support for 128GB of memory.
System Change: If you come across a need for more cores, you can easily upgrade to a more powerful Threadripper with no need to change the system otherwise. Needing even more cores (more than 32) would require a motherboard change, and could require upgrading to a rack-mounted server chassis.
To ensure that the CPU 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.
However, we don't recommend leaving the system to do a heavy render with the main cooling fan disabled.
That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.
System Change: If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.
Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Gigabyte. This motherboard has superior power delivery, plenty of PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 128GB of memory. Gigabyte is widely accepted as one of the best manufacturers of motherboards.
System Change: Please ask us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.
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.
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 128GB of memory, in an 8x16GB array. Needing more than 128GB of memory would require a new motherboard and new CPUs.
The main storage SATA SSD and archival HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.
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.
The video cards were chosen for their memory capacity, CUDA cores, and support RTX technologies. While this video card will run louder than a typical open-air model, the blower design exhausts heat out the back of the case, eliminating thermal throttling of cards above. Operations in VRay RT do work quite well with several dedicated video cards.
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. Needing more than 4 GPUs would require a case change, motherboard change, and CPU change.
The case was chosen for its high build quality and incredible amount of cooling potential. 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.
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.
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.
System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you upgrade to a rack-mounted server, you will need to change the power supply.