Those in the 3D design and VFX industry will be used to rendering eating big chunks of their days. But did you know that specialised rendering equipment can significantly reduce render times, leaving you free to get on with improving your 3D designs?
Workstation Specialists' Intel Dual Xeon rendering nodes – which are available in a rackmount model or a space-saving deskside version – are designed to do just that. What's more, readers who register their interest before the end of December 2017 can save up to £2,000 on their system. Read on to find out more.
Intel's specially engineered dual Xeon processor is key to how these nodes work – its multiple cores are designed to dramatically speed up rendering. If you need further convincing, you can see just how much time you could save with this render ROI calculator.
Workstation Specialists started life as a software house, and prides itself on knowing what professional creatives need. It recognises that finding the right rendering system for you is a tricky process, which is why it has a pre-sales consultancy team to help find the right setup for your needs. These nodes don't just come off a production line either – experienced engineers will custom build and test your system, as well as guiding you though render node setup and helping resolve any issues that might arise.
The RS-R4220-U1 Rackmount twin-node model comes with Intel's specialist Dual Xeon processors, which means it's basically two systems in one – you get two lots of two CPU nodes in a 1u chassis. As each node is completely independent, if one fails you don't need to worry as the other will be unaffected.
It's compatible with all the common render management utilities, including Backburner, Qube, AFANASY and RenderPal. You can manage the node remotely, and over time this option is far cheaper than using online cloud rendering services.
For freelance 3D designers or those who are short on studio space, there's also a deskside variety. This bit of kit offers the same speedier rendering times, but fits into a small unit that can sit on top of your workstation, next to your desk or anywhere on your network – no need for a server room, and no messing around with air con units or dedicated racks.
The RS-D2220 Deskside Render Node comes as a personal Intel Dual Xeon Render Node and boasts quiet operation, so there's no need to worry about being disturbed by noisy processing.
To express your interest in these magical machines (or if you have any questions), visit Workstation Specialists' dedicated enquiry page. If you register your interest before the end of the year (31 Dec 2017) you could also save up to a whopping £2,000 on their render nodes – all you have to do is fill out the short form.