Build 132 – Super Tower of Power: Laser Scanning Workstation

Super Tower of Power is a laser scanning workstation.


Super Tower of Power is a laser scanning workstation.

General System Design

This custom water cooled workstation is designed around two 32-core Xeon Platinum 8358 processors and an RTX A6000 48GB 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 system is designed in particular for Faro Scene, Geomagic Design X, Syncro4D, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Inventor, Revit, Recap, 3DS Max, Navisworks, and AutoCAD.

This customer also purchased DEVR 1 and Accelerated Design.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8358

Motherboard: Gigabyte MD72-HB0

Memory: Kingston 8x128GB DDR4-3200 ECC LRDIMM

Storage (SSD): 4x Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB RAID0

Storage (SSD): 4x Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB RAID0

Storage (HDD): 4x Western Digital Gold 12TB RAID0

Video Card (GPU): Nvidia RTX A6000 48GB

Primary Power Supply (PSU): EVGA P2 1600W

Secondary Power Supply (PSU): Corsair 1200W

Case: Thermaltake Core W200

Fans: 12x Phanteks T30-120

Accessories: 2x HighPoint SSD7103

Water Cooling: EK-Pro QDC Kit XE360 2xLGA4189

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Design Rationale

  • Xeon Scalable gives the customer the biggest and most cost-effective RAM capacity possible, in addition to having AVX512 support.
  • Custom liquid cooling was installed on the dual CPUs to keep them running as fast as possible. The customer is savvy enough to maintain the loop on their own.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with room for 16 RAM slots, 2 add-in storage expanders, and 2 dual-slot GPUs.
  • The customer needed at least 1TB of RAM for their workload, 512GB was not acceptable. A smart upgrade path to 2TB RAM was appreciated (which is why Threadripper Pro wasn’t chosen).
  • The customer wanted a triple-layer storage setup; 4x2TB NVME RAID0, 4x1TB NVME RAID0, 4x12TB HDD RAID0. This was backed up to a local server, so RAID0 wasn’t a major concern.
  • The customer already had an RTX A6000, so they chose a second one for 96GB VRAM in NVLink. If they didn’t already have an A6000, they would have used 2 RTX A5000s in NVLink.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1600W Platinum power supply was recommended.
  • We used a special dual-system case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-performing fans to ensure proper cooling for the overall build.

Customer Review

“What can’t I say here. I’ve worked with Chris on several builds in my role with Duke. The most recent being DEVR and the really big one being SToP (Super Tower of Power). Chris and Team at Top Flight, were not only professional but took the time to spec and re-spec the machine when supply chain issues were in their peak.

While I know enough about computers myself, Having the support and knowledge of Top Flight there to help if something fails (under warranty) who can get the parts to us and ready to fix is awesome. If you’re looking for a quality workstation that will do what YOU want, the way YOU want it, and is specialized to YOUR needs, reach out to Chris and the rest of the Top Flight team.”

Brad, Seneca SC

Duke Energy

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