Build 206 – Hammerhead: Machine Learning Workstation

Hammerhead is a machine learning workstation.


Hammerhead is a machine learning workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core i9-13900K and an RTX 4090 24GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time.

This build was designed for R&D, AI, and machine learning.

This build was influenced by our i9 AEC Workstation.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-13900K

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Lumen S36

Motherboard: Z790 Aorus Elite AX

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 2x32GB DDR5-4800

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 1TB

Video Card (GPU): PNY GeForce RTX 4090 24GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB

Power Supply (PSU): be quiet! Straight Power 11 1200W

Case: Corsair 5000D Airflow Black

Fans: 7x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-13900K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with a 360mm liquid cooler is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, and didn’t want last-gen tech.
  • The customer elected to have a single 1TB Gen4 NVME.
  • The customer preferred the RTX 4090 for maximum general-purpose GPU compute, and a large amount of VRAM.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1200W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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