Build 114 – The Berserker: Game Development Workstation

The Berserker is a game development workstation.


The Berserker is a game development workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 32-core Threadripper 3970X processor and an RTX A6000 48GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload. They wanted a computer strong enough to not need major updates for several years, but capable of handling various upgrades if they became necessary.

This system is designed in particular for Unreal Engine, Unity, Marmoset Tool Bag 4, Maya, Zbrush, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Topogun, Substance Painter, Substance Designer, Substance B2M, Keyshot, Discord, Twitch, Streamlabs OBS, VR, and gaming.

This build was influenced by Transcend.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Threadripper 3970X

CPU Cooler: Enermax LIQTECH TR4 II 360

Motherboard: Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws V Series 4x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Samsung 980 Pro 500GB Gen4 NVME

Storage (SSD): Samsung 980 Pro 1TB Gen4 NVME

Storage (SSD): Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Gen4 NVME

Video Card (GPU): NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB

Power Supply (PSU): SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 1000W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 Black

Fans: 6x Noctua NFF12 PWM Black

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Design Rationale

  • The Threadripper 3970X 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 does give the best cooling performance.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, 128GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer requested a triple-drive storage setup.
  • The customer sourced an RTX A6000 as RTX 3090s were not priced well at time of build.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1000W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our high-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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