Author Topic: Renderpockets - DIY Helmer Renderfarm  (Read 22981 times)

2014-12-10, 19:48:48
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artmaknev

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It was designed and fabricated in Germany, -/+ 0.1mm accuracy :)

Its not possible to fit the dual xeon boards into helmer, thats true, but the idea is to use custom case, but thats just a thought..

What is your option about this motherboard: SRock Fatal1ty X99M LGA 2011-v3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157545

Some people requested microATX option, so I am just looking whats possible with those boards, this one seems like an impressive board for its size!  Xeon® 18-Core Processor support, that means if 3 ndoes with this boards are inside Helmer, you would get 162 render threads?! 64GB Ram!
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2014-12-10, 20:00:20
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Juraj Talcik

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The issue with single CPU Xeon units is that you loose the biggest economic factor of it. 18-core Xeon is merely 2 GHz, meaning overclocked 4960X will almost outperform it at 1/4 of price. That's why no one outside of Apple is building their workstations like that.

Btw, every LG-2011 (1/2/3) platform supports whole range of architecture spectrum, so both i7 and Xeons E5 1xxx/2xxx v1/2/3 will fit into mainstream motherboard.


I guess the fabrication isn't cheap process. It looks so clean, is it laser cut ?
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2014-12-10, 20:10:42
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Yes its all lasercut, its not cheap lol, they charge by the minute for the lasercutter, and this design development took way too much time! But I love designing, and problem solving, so it was more relaxing to me than going to spa!

That was my understanding with Xeon's as well, they are preferred in dual setups. 

About the  microATX LG-2011 v3 boards, I am interested in those now, because they can fit the 5th generation i7, and will fit into helmer (somehow, very tightly..theoretically)

   

2014-12-10, 20:16:56
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mATX is as small as it will ever get, LG-2011 has larger chipset that could physically fit into mini-ITX, so I doubt we will see enthousiast miniITX in upcoming years. It would  be cool though :- )

Then tell them to be faster (Client from hell  :- D)
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2014-12-10, 20:45:13
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haha I tried! but faster means less precise!

mATX is definitely good to have as option then, but mini-ITX still nice for very compact builds!

2014-12-18, 02:58:50
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artmaknev are you going to sell them?i mean all the case to put all the hardware ?

2014-12-18, 12:52:42
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This looks like a great little project

2014-12-21, 02:11:55
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artmaknev are you going to sell them?i mean all the case to put all the hardware ?

Yes thats the plan, you can follow now www.renderpockets.com.

The case only, no hardware, but I will do video tutorial how to assemble everything in 15 minutes or less :)

2015-02-13, 12:50:03
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Fully assembled final prototype:




2015-02-13, 12:50:37
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2015-02-13, 12:51:59
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And if you are interested, the case will be available for pre-order on February 15th! At Indiegogo:


2015-02-13, 13:23:37
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Sexy look!!! :)
I want one! the only thing is going to be shipping costs :(
i look for it on indie gogo but coudnt find it

2015-02-13, 13:29:38
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It will be on indiegogo this Sunday, its not there yet :)

shipping will be from USA and from Germany, the case is not heavy (plastic) so hopefully shipping not too expensive..

2015-02-20, 18:19:42
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Now supports certain size 32GB MicroATX mobo!

more pics of assembled mATX node to come soon:


2015-03-02, 22:42:31
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32GB Node up and running!