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    Default Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    A few days ago i saw some relatively cheap refurbished HP proliant servers
    with 4 x XEON 10-Core CPUs and tons of RAM.

    Are these machines good as render nodes?

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    they are good for rendering but are loud as hell

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    I am in a similar situation and what I have discovered with my old tech might help you.

    I have an HP ML350 G6 with 2x Xeon X5672 at 3.2GHz, 56GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz, 6x 149GB SAS HDD in a Raid 5+0. We are using Cinema 4D rendering at 1920x1080. We tested with every render option available turned on and it was taking about 2.5 hours a frame. Im not sure what settings we are using now, but it's down to about 30 minutes a frame. I am thinking about a video card now to improve performance.

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    It all depends on the price, as mentioned by Leonardo, they usually are very loud and has a more complex HDD system that we really need.
    But if they are cheap enough, it may be a good option.
    Now regarding price and performance, I always use this website to compare CPU performance.
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/
    Of course, you need to take those scores with a pint of Salt but they are usually very close to our demands.

    There you can see that the Xeon X series are very old. and even though their performance may seem OK, with today latest from Intel and AMD I would not spend any money on them unless they are dirt cheap, and that for me here in the USA would be two digits.

    I just built an AMD 1700X with some spare parts and new parts, for under $800 and that machine performance is way better than Old Xeons X series, even two or 4 of them.

    Take a look at the website above and do your homework before investing some hard earned money


    From 2,5 Hours to 30 minutes that is very impressive gain, but you meant that with the Xeon X series you are getting those 30 Mins???
    I can't imagine what even older CPU you used before.

    Video cards won't do any good unless you are using a GPU oriented render engine. FYI
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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    I'm trying to find the answer to this question, Has anyone had this experience?
    Will Vray use all 4 processors? Plase!
    Is it technically possible? 4cpu 256 gb ram. Great!

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    Quote Originally Posted by crysevastopolalex View Post
    I'm trying to find the answer to this question, Has anyone had this experience?
    Will Vray use all 4 processors? Plase!
    Is it technically possible? 4cpu 256 gb ram. Great!
    My understanding is that Vray uses your video card and not your CPUs.

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    Yes and no
    CPU its main for Vray
    GPU - main for VrayRT

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    A few years back autodesk created a post which outlines CPU use among various rendering engines, so you might check the area or the documentation to see if you can find it.

    You probably also need to look into Windows. As I recall a pro or enterprise version of Windows will support up to a two socket motherboard. I think you have to go to Windows Server if you want to run four sockets. Windows server is quite a bit more expensive than pro.
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    I had to use Win 7 Pro so I could use both CPUs and recognize all the RAM.

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    Default Re: Proliant 4 x CPU server for rendering?

    I saw the same thing and pulled the trigger on it (mine) so I should be receiving my server at end of next week and can potentially give you some feedback after I get mine going.
    here is what I already know: in order to use more than 2 cpu cores - you will need to use winserver (such as win server 2012 standard) and not win10/7/8. You -can- probably install your software on winserver but you should at least test in a virtual machine first since your software is probably only for win7/10.
    It will be loud and probably also output a nice amount of heat. I'll be putting mine in a back room where I can have a window open during winter.
    Also, some programs may have problems running more than 64 simultaneous threads as this is a windows logical processing "group" so if code isn't set to handle this then you strange things may happen like only half the threads get activated. if I have this problem then I may default to turning off 1 core in the bios which would put me down to 30cores/60threads as opposed to 40/80.
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