Build 207 – Travel: Image Processing Workstation

Travel is an image processing workstation, designed around a 16-core i7-13700K processor and an RTX A4000 16GB video card.

Description

Travel is an image processing workstation, designed around a 16-core i7-13700K processor and an RTX A4000 16GB video card.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 16-core i7-13700K processor and an RTX A4000 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.

This build was designed for post-processing large digital still images in Capture One and Photoshop (“scenic fine art photography”). Base images are 400Mb, with many stitched together for larger images. The customer preferred as small and as durable of a case as possible, while giving ample room for cooling and storage functionality. 10-12bpc graphics was required. Dual 10G networking was also preferred, via a 2-port SFP+ card.

This build was influenced by Nautilus, and this customer also purchased Studio.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-13700K

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240

Motherboard: Asus ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4x48GB DDR5-5200

Storage (NVME): 2x Kingston Fury Renegade 4TB RAID1

Storage (SSD): 3x Samsung 870 QVO 8TB RAID5

Video Card (GPU): Nvidia RTX A4000 16GB

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GM

Case: Sliger Cer​berus X

Fans: 3x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

Storage Controller: HighPoint​​​ ​RocketR​AID 3720C

Network Card: Intel XXV7​​10-DA2

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-13700K 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 at least 240mm liquid cooler is recommended. We would prefer a 280mm or 360mm, but the majority of the workload won’t create enough load on the CPU for the smaller AIO to be an issue.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with WIFI and excellent memory support. This board has onboard 10G, in case the SFP+ card fails.
  • The customer wanted to max the build out with 192GB of RAM. 4th Gen Xeon W would have allowed for more RAM, but at too high CPU power for the overall design.
  • The customer requested a 2x4TB Gen4 NVME RAID1 for OS and a 3x4TB SSD RAID5 for main storage.
  • For managing the SSD RAID5, the customer requested a dedicated RAID card.
  • We recommended the RTX A4000 16GB for 10-bit color support, small form factor, and low power draw.
  • While the overall design of the build only requires a 650W power supply, the customer opted for an 850W for increased longevity.
  • We used a special mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.
  • The customer requested a specific network card.

Customer Review

“Top Flight characterizes their service as ‘bespoke’, ‘comprehensive’, ‘consultative’, and ‘hyper-focused on the user’.

As it turns out, this is literally true, and they delivered in spades. I received truly unbelievable service, resulting in 2 different, completely bespoke workstations, tailored to my precise requirements, through a process in which my requirements were thoroughly explored, every component was open to discussion and carefully curated by Top Flight, build quality was immaculate, after-market support was above-and-beyond… and every aspect of the process and its results met or exceeded every expectation.

It is not easy to find knowledgeable, capable, comprehensive, and legitimately ‘bespoke’ workstation consulting and integration. At this point it is impossible for me to imagine wanting to do business with anyone else.”

Michael, Denver CO

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