Build 256 – Steelhead: Laser Scanning Workstation

Steelhead is a laser scanning workstation, designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB video card.

Description

Steelhead is a laser scanning workstation, designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB video card.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core i9-14900K processor and an RTX 4080 16GB 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.

These builds were designed for laser scanning, photogrammetry, and CAD. These builds were designed specifically for Metashape, Geocue LP360, Rock Robotics Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

This build was influenced by our i9 CAD Workstation.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i9-14900K

CPU Cooler: Phanteks GLACIER ONE 360D30

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

Memory: Kingston F​ury Renega​de 4x32GB ​DDR5-6000

Storage (NVME): Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB

Storage (NVME): Kingston Fury Renegade 4TB

Storage (HDD): Seagate Exos X18 18TB

Video Card (GPU): MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO

Power Supply (PSU): be quiet! Straight Power 12 1200W

Case: be quiet! Shadow Base 800 Black

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-14900K 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 420mm liquid cooler is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 128GB of RAM, 192-256GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer requested a 1TB NVME OS drive, 4TB NVME main drive, and 18TB HDD backup drive.
  • The customer preferred the RTX 4080 for near-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.

Customer Review

“Bought a custom PC primarily for LiDAR and photogrammetric processing.

The team was very communicative, gave me a suite of options, and kept me updated throughout the process. I would definitely recommend.”

Scott, San Francisco CA

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