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Xeon 3D Workstation

by riandian

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67 Comments

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Date Published

July 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

Description

Hey Everyone,

I am a professional 3D artist and I built this system specifically for the software I use. Software includes, Maya, Zbrush, Mari, Arnold, and Photoshop to name a few.

My previous machine was a i7 3770 with 16gb of Ram. The video card for a long time was a GTX 560ti, and then later a 970. I decided to upgrade to something bit more professional.

I decided to take a gamble on Ebay and pick up a Xeon 2699 v4 22-Core CPU. The price was worth it after seeing what Intel decided to charge for the 6950x. The only downside to running a Xeon is the slow boot time. Though a slow boot time is worth it when I am cutting production time down by a lot.

Custom PSU cables are from cable mod. The colors are a bit funky but i like.

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ATXON 8 points 34 months ago

+1 NEEDS MORE CORESSSSSSS

ahem

Rather impressive.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 6 points 34 months ago
I cannot believe how high is the price to performance ratio on that CPU you found.

******* incredible.

+1

Yutang 1 Build 4 points 34 months ago

Intel Xeon E5-2699 V4 2.2GHz 22-Core OEM/Tray $820.00 USD

Dat price though.

(From Ark)

Recommended Customer Price $4115.00

nakaman 4 Builds 4 points 34 months ago

How in the good earth did you get that processor for 820 dollars it's unit price is over 4000

riandian submitter 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

Well, I knew that Broadwell Xeons were going to come out soon. So I kept Ebay tabs open and setup some filters. A batch of 10 came up and I decided to take a gamble on it. Especially since it came with a decent warranty and return policy. I pulled the trigger when I saw them selling like hotcakes. I put it in, ran it with the software I normally use. So far so good.

I was inspired when I saw Linus put a Xeon in an X99 build and saw the benchmarks, so I decided to do the same.

nakaman 4 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Found a test one on ebay for under 2000$ I'm tempted

TheCy-FiJuggernaut 1 point 29 months ago

So jammy!

Luciferian 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

That's a hell of a workstation, man. I'm jealous of your storage alone! Awesome build.

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks!

CleverJimmy 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Holy hell! Want some computer with that overkill?

CleverJimmy 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Btw how on earth did you manage to get that motherboard so cheap?

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I think thats the standard price for that motherboard. Its currently on newegg.com for that price.

CleverJimmy 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Nope. It's $550-$600. It's currently listed on newegg for $550

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

woops!, This should actually be the MSI Gaming Carbon, which goes for 330. When I saved this part list, that board wasnt on this list yet.

CleverJimmy 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Oooh ok. That makes sense. That's a good looking board too

illuzt 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

One of the best looking workstation +1

jaredt 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Haha Engineering Sample Xeon's on ebay are awesome! I hope you got one with all the instruction sets! Nice job

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

So far so good!

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

wow, I havent seen a build this awesome in a while. This is amazing!

I also dig those cables

The_Doc7er 2 points 34 months ago

Nice dude Nyan cat would be proud!!!

Enrico411 2 points 34 months ago

Nailed it!! +1

James1234 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Wow, this is an amazing computer. You probably did not need to say you were an artist, as the pictures explain it instantly.

AddisonKwong 2 points 34 months ago

Why not Quadros if you are doing pro-level work?

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The 1080 actually beats the quadro m6000 in most of the software i use. Certain applications are also starting to use Direct X which is a plus for content creation. A $700 card was an wasy choice for my wallet over the $5000 quadro m6000.

BamboozleTheBooty 2 points 34 months ago

This is an awesome build man!

+1 for the rainbow cables man!

The_Boom_Boy 2 points 34 months ago

Those cables are the sickest thing to grace pcpartpicker in a long time and really become the highlight of your build +1

theNeybor 2 points 34 months ago

LMAO, I love the cables!

FireFox500 2 points 33 months ago

How do you like the lighting on that board?

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

The board lighting is not bad. Has tons of features. However I have two issues.

  1. The color 'white' is more of a really white blue' and doesn't match my thermaltake white ring led fans'

  2. The motherboard power button and two surrounding buttons stay Red, no matter the color settings.

rumz 2 points 33 months ago

Definitely inspired by this build. My Enthoo Evolve is in the mail... I really like that your lighting is all onboard + led fans. Maybe I'll go a similar route this build rather than the led strips around the edges of the case. Also reconsidering my cabling :P

sorce 2 points 33 months ago

those cables though! ugh so beautiful! great build

Geode1010 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

My reaction to seeing this

Sweet build man, and you got a once-in-a-lifetime steal on that CPU...

BC.Computers 2 points 31 months ago

Its an OEM. Lookup what that means and youll know

TheCy-FiJuggernaut 2 points 29 months ago

The price to performance ratio... IT'S OVER 9000!

AidenIron 2 points 29 months ago

its on 4000 U$D too.

NoctisLucisCaelum 2 points 29 months ago

How is it at gaming? gulp

lolololololololololol 2 points 23 months ago

Not trying to be rude but why didn't you go with a quadro card?

lukeb1216 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Beautiful! Gotta love that 22-core Xeon! +1

Also, would you mind doing me a small favor? I sort of ****** up ordering cable combs for my custom sleeved cables. Accidentally ordered combs that are proven to work with cable mod cables instead of the ones that are more generic for custom cables. So if you don't mind, could you measure the width of the cablemod cables? I wanna know if my cables are the same size. Thanks!

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I dont know if i have anything that will accurately measure them. I will see if cablemod has measurements. This thread might help. It goes over the different sizes of sleeving. http://www.overclock.net/t/929480/cable-sleeving-comparison

I chose paracord as my cable sleeving.

lukeb1216 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Well, hopefully cablemod uses 550 paracord. If they do I am fine.

Wolklung 1 point 34 months ago

Rainbow Cables!!!!

Legendary Build. Great work.

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks, I wanted to do more rainbow stuff but started out with this.

I haven't seen any rainbow cables and didn't want to do the standard rainbow colors.

Overall I am a fan.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Would the #*?!> downvoting all the comments please stop this!?!
btw PCPP: look at this build! We need that favorite button now!!!!

Angry_Plzen 1 point 34 months ago

+1 for the rainbow cables, I gotta get some, maybe for my next build in a inwin 303....

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Sweet mother of mercy!!!!
Think you got wrong PSU and GPU in your part list tho.
Here are yours:
EVGA P2 850
EVGA GTX 1080 FE

riandian submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Thanks, I will update this ASAP. The part list was made a few days before i ordered some things changed via price. Ended up going with the Evga parts since they were bundled on newegg and not overpriced to oblivion.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I hope i am not late for the party

but so far in PCPP community,

your build is the only one with a 22 core Xeon on a X99 board.

seeing how you manage to bag this CPU

i may try my luck on getting this over the 6950X now that the price of the 6950X is stupid at 1.7K USD for a 10 core with OC features.

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It all depends on what you are using your Rig for. If you are gaming and love to OC then this CPU is probably not the best choice. You are right though, the cost of the 6950x is insane. However with a Xeon you dont get any XMP memory features or CPU OC features.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Gaming will be the other use of the planned PC.

I need the cores for my Adobe Creative Suite because my side hobby is doing Cosplay Photography.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

eermm...how did you buy that 22-cores V4 for 820 bucks?? 0.o

riandian submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

In the description i mentioned I took a gamble on ebay. You can find lots of engineering samples/ used cpus.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

wow. Props to you mate!

LemonComputers -1 points 33 months ago

Engineering sample processors are illegal to buy or sell and are the sole property of Intel. Intel may demand the processor back at any given time upon discovering the use of an engineering sample processor.

Rman917 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Oh, don't kill his fun :P

Srini 1 point 33 months ago

Hi- Your build looks awesome. got a question in mind - do you think MSI X99A Gaming PRO can handle all these cores?. did you ever test it? I haven't see any info about No of cores supports in MSI support manuals. Just for curiosity. I'm looking to build something similar to this but with less cores-12. Have a plan to upgrade CPU to support more cores in the futures with same MOBO. So looking for some best board with more cores support features.

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If the motherboard supports the CPU, it should use all the cores. All 22 of mine are used as I use it daily with my software. Just remember that if you go Xeon, you are not going to be using a lot of the features this mobo offers. such as overclocking, etc.

Srini 2 points 33 months ago

thank you!

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

how do u like the mobo? had any issues during set up ?

riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

The motherboard is nice. I mentioned that the LEDs set to white has more of a blue look but that is a minor complaint. Setup was really easy , and out of the box it works with Broadwell EP CPUs. Everything booted up fine.

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

yea thanks for the reply, trying to decide between x99 strix , gigabyte designare and this bad boy

GeryRevandra 1 point 32 months ago

damn , 22 cores ...

overduepuppy229 1 point 31 months ago

this the dream build for gamers and programmers man soooo nice +1

Block3y219 1 point 29 months ago

Post some Cinebench numbers or some render or export times in applications, i want to see them!

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Incredible.......... I want your CPU

vDreaMs 1 point 20 months ago

Great looking build...question- do you know what color variant the PSU cables are? I can't find them on cablemod...those are the cherry on top!

edit: I FOUND THEM! :)

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riandian submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Definitely thought about it. I have a 970 I would like to put in and try before it goes away. I am curious to see the performance in certain applications with and without it.

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