Recommended Hardware for Houdini/Cinema 4D

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Overview of Recommended Hardware for Houdini/Cinema 4D

This i9 CPU Rendering workstation is built around the i9-13900K with an RTX 3060 12GB video card. This combination provides a very powerful overall solution.

If you need more than 192GB of RAM, we recommend a build based on Threadripper 7000, as it supports ECC memory. 384GB is the highest we can go on Threadripper non-Pro, without resorting to EXTREMELY expensive 128GB or 256GB DIMMs. 768GB is the highest we can normally go on Threadripper Pro, for the same reasons. 2.25TB is the highest we can go on dual-EPYC, for the same reasons.

i9 CPU Rendering Workstation Limitations

This platform is currently limited to 32 threads, 1 GPU, and 192GB of memory. 2-GPU setups are available, though they do require the use of a high-end motherboard. Please let us know if you need a more robust platform.

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Recommended Hardware for Houdini/Arnold/Cinema 4D

i9 CPU Rendering Workstation

This workstation is designed for regular use in CPU-heavy applications such as Houdini, Arnold, and Cinema 4D. This system uses an i9-13900K, 192GB DDR5 RAM, 3TB NVME, and an RTX 3060 12GB video card.


Design of Recommended Hardware for Houdini/Cinema 4D

Processor: Intel i9-13900K

  • High single-core and multi-core performance in several applications
  • Relatively cheap for the performance

CPU Cooler: Phanteks Glacier One 360

  • Powerful enough to handle the CPU under full load
  • Built to run quiet even under full load

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

  • High build quality and excellent power delivery
  • Support for 1 GPU
  • Support for multiple M2 NVME drives, up to 192GB of memory
  • Simple visual design

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 4x48GB DDR5-6000

  • 4x48GB DDR5-6000 for maximum capacity

Storage: Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB (OS+Programs) + Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB (Main)

  • High capacity, speed, and reliability

Video Card: PNY GeForce RTX 3060Ti 12GB

  • Rendering performance
  • Single-GPU cooling performance
  • Long-term stability

Case: Be Quiet Shadow Base 800

  • High build quality
  • Incredible amount of cooling potential

Fans: 6x Phanteks F120T30

  • High build quality
  • Sufficient airflow for stable operation under full load

Power Supply: Be Quiet Pure Power M 12 850W

  • Solid build quality, capacity, and efficiency

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