Build 105 – Transcend: Visual Effects Workstation

Transcend is a visual effects workstation.


Transcend is a visual effects workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core Threadripper 3960X processor and an RTX A6000 48GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to better handle working from home. He also wanted something 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, Maya, 3DS Max, Houdini, and Substance.

This build influenced The Berserker.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Threadripper 3960X

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4

Motherboard: Asus Prime TRX40-Pro

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws V Series 4x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Sabrent Rocket 4.0 500GB NVME

Storage (SSD): Sabrent Rocket 4.0 2TB NVME

Video Card (GPU): NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA G5 1000W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 Black

Fans: 2x Noctua A15 HS-PWM Black, 7x Corsair ML120 Pro RGB

Accessories: Corsair Commander Pro, Corsair Lighting Node Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The Threadripper 3960X 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, 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 64GB of RAM, 128GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer upgraded the main storage drive to 2TB.
  • The customer requested the RTX A6000 48GB.
  • 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 RGB fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Had a Threadripper Quadro A6000 beast of a machine built and designed by Chris and he killed it!

I had an issue come up during the evening hours and Chris came over that same night to help me troubleshoot.

If you’re looking to get a new build or want to upgrade an existing one Chris is your man! 💪”

Aaron, Apex NC

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