OK, I want to get properly into GPU rendering (I use CPU mostly), I have little money but might be able to invest in an additional GPU every few months. The dilemma is how to add them to my set up?
I have been scratching my head about this for ages, so am making a concerted effort to reach out to the community for a solution. (I can't believe there aren't a lot of people in my position, but it seems you're all happily rendering away on your multi-GPU set-ups!)
Required: A solution providing...
1) Multiple GPUs (want to add 4-8 over time)
2) External to workstation (no space in case)
3) Avoiding need for additional software (licences)
4) Avoiding unnessary bottlesnecks (I/O)
5) Avoiding complicated solutions (I'm more "Artist" than "Geek")
6) Avoiding expensive options (such as the Netstore NA255)
7) Available in the UK (import will add to cost)
My Workstation - "Workstation Specialists WSX6.1" (ATX)
CPU: i7-3930K Six-Core @ 4.20GHz
CPU COOLER: Antec Kuhler h2o 920
MOBO: Asus P9X79 WS
RAM: 32GB Ram
GPU: Quadro 6000 (Fermi)
PSU: EVGA 1000 T2 (1000W 80Plus Titanium)
OS: Win 7 Pro on SSD
I've looked at Amfeltec and the quote I got seemed expensive for what it is. Also apparently the I/O would cause a delay at start of rendering.
The Netstore NA255 looks great to me; fast, all-in-one, etc. but it's soooo expensive here (I could by nearly four GPUs for that!)
The prebuilt solutions are extravagant, because I need to focus on purchasing GPUs not paying someone to make me a rig.
Conversely, looking at the bewildering array of adapters online is a minefield; the specs, the prices, the stupidly short splitter cables that wouldn't reach outside the case, etc. Will one of these be the solution?
I just want to get a bunch of GPUs and render. Is it really this difficult?
PSUs are easy enough, I have a spare 750W for now, and will add/replace in time. Enclosure: I could make a case or cage if the electrical componants all do the job regardless. But I am no computer builder.
Dear GPU renderfolks, please... "HELP!!!" ;D