Build 162 – Pixel Maestro: 3D Development Workstation

Pixel Maestro is a 3D development workstation.


Pixel Maestro is a 3D development workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around two 18-core Xeon Gold 6354 processors and an RTX A6000 48GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new digital asset development workstation to handle their growing professional workload.

This system is designed in particular for Reality Capture, 3DSMax, Zbrush, VRay, Unreal Engine, Rhino3D, Creative Cloud, VR, Premiere, and After Effects.

This customer appreciated our efforts on Super Tower of Power.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6354

CPU Cooler: 2x Noctua NH-U14S DX-4189

Motherboard: Supermicro X12DAI-N6-O

Memory: Kingston 8x64GB DDR4-3200 ECC

Storage (SSD): 2x Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Black 8TB

Video Card (GPU): Nvidia RTX A6000 48GB

Primary Power Supply (PSU): EVGA P2 1600W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL

Fans: 4x Noctua A15 HS-PWM Black, 9x Phanteks T30-120

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Design Rationale

  • The Xeon Gold 6354s give the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPUs runs at full speed, air cooling with a single-tower cooler is recommended. Liquid cooling is more powerful, but not quite as reliable.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 512GB of ECC RAM, 1TB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer requested 2 2TB NVME drives.
  • The customer was fine with our recommended video card.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1600W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default full-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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