Build 37 – Deep Shadow: Machine Learning Workstation

Deep Shadow is a machine learning workstation.


Deep Shadow is a machine learning workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core i9-9900K processor and twin RTX 2080Ti 11GB video cards.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new deep learning workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time. Anything that required more than 2 CUDA video cards would be handled by a cloud service.

This build influenced Firebird v1 and was influenced by Storm of the Century.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro RGB

Motherboard: Asus WS Z390 Pro

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME

Storage (HDD): 2x Western Digital Red 6TB

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

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RMx 1000

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-9900K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with a 360mm AIO is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, and 32GB DIMMs weren’t widely available at the time.
  • The customer requested a 1TB NVME boot drive and twin 6TB HDDs for storage.
  • The customer requested twin RTX 2080Ti video cards. The models used have 120mm AIOs on them, keeping the GPUs cool.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1000W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a special full-tower case to fit the build.

Customer Review

“Chris built a deep learning workstation for me using two of the latest Nvidia GPUs, a high-end Intel CPU, and liquid cooling on both. He selected all the other components for my specific needs, and delivered the machine personally.

The only issue I had was with the secondary hard drives not being visible from Linux and he came over to my house the next day to resolve it!

This machine greatly increases my efficiency as a machine learning practitioner. Thank you Chris!”

Heather, Raleigh NC

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