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Mike's New Rig

Discussion in 'Custom Projects' started by Mike Verta, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. #1 Mike Verta, Oct 1, 2020
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2020
    Building a new rig. Here's where it is so far:

    4U rackmount chassis built by the guys at VisionDAW

    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Intel Core i9 10940X @ 3.30GHz 43 °C
    Cascade Lake-X 14nm Technology (14 cores)
    256GB Unknown @ 1333MHz (18-18-18-43)
    Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. X299X DESIGNARE 10G (CPU0) 34 °C
    BenQ SW271 ([email protected])
    BenQ SW271 ([email protected])
    2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER (MSI) 34 °C
    1863GB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB (Unknown (SSD))
    1863GB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB (Unknown (SSD))
    931GB Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB (SATA (SSD)) 34 °C
    1863GB Samsung SSD 860 EVO 2TB (SATA (SSD)) 26 °C

    The workstation is running an RME HDSPe FX card, MADI'd to an external interface, the RME Fireface UFX+

    Monitors are Focal Trio11 Be

    Power is conditioned by a TrippLite IS1800HG Isolation transformer, and stabilized/backed up by a CyberPower OL6KRTF double-conversion UPS
  2. Hot damn! What did it run you sans monitors and GPU? I'm glad SSD's are finally affordable, still can't believe I paid $350 for a 1TB SSD like 3 years ago.

    You know you could have bought an iMac monitor stand instead for $1000
  3. This rig is dedicated purely to Cubase, but I carry my VFX-rig philosophies with me. I've never had too much processing speed, RAM, or storage space. So I tend to spec my rigs to the standard of, "I don't want to have to worry if the rig can handle it." I don't like technology getting in the way of an already hard job. This rig, including GPU was just north of 9k. But then again, I didn't pay for it. My clients did. :)
  4. #4 David Healey, Oct 2, 2020
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2020
    What are those temps? Are they average at full load? What's the cooling system?

    I guess the monitors are a big chunk of that.
  5. Killer set up!! :O Are you still using Eizos for your VFX work or did you switch to Benq? I've heard great things about Benq, especially when it comes to graphics and video.
  6. Those processors that's probably average load temperature. The cost does not include monitors it's just literally the workstation itself.

    No I'm not switching to BenQ monitors for color critical work, I just don't need $5,000 monitors for Cubase.
  7. Most important question: How's the porn streaming on this setup?
  8. Dual 4K monitors.
  9. That should be sufficient..
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  10. Is everything OK with your RAM? From what I remember DDR4 don't go lower than 1600 MHz. Looking at CL timings (18-18-18-43) it seems like they should be 2666 MHz, not 1333 MHz.
    Unless this is some sttrange way of Motherboard downclocking RAM in order to be able to handle 256 GB.
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  11. I have no idea; it's the guys at VisionDAW who are on the hook. But so far the system is rock-solid. Admittedly, it's been mostly days of downloading and licensing libraries, but...
  12. Absolutely makes sense. Nothing kills a natural love for the process more than tech hangups.
  13. Hey guys -

    So, my old rig was so old they literally don't make lots of the plug-ins I used to use. They still make Altiverb, and QL Spaces... any other reverbs people are using these days? EQ-wise I really like FabFilter Pro-Q...
  14. Valhalla Room and Valhalla Vintage Verb are always a very good choice for algorithmic reverb, and very cheap, $50 each.
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  16. Yes, Cinematic Rooms is great for totally transparent space. Its amazing how smooth it is and how well it blends in (smoother than Lexicon Native and Relab LX480) without any character taking over. So its a great tool for that purpose.
    Yet, sometimes with reverb, it IS the character of the room you're after, so that's for IR tools such as MIR or Altiverb.

    @Mike - with your computer though, you should set up a surround system (just get two more Focals, or even smaller little ones). My computer grinds to a halt with surround, but its so beautiful!...Its like dying and going to heaven.
  17. I'm going to be building a companion Pro Tools rig, and then I'll add three more Focals for 5.1.

    Thanks for the suggestions so far, I'm going to get Cinematic Rooms and check it out.
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  19. Looks like a neat system. Do you use regular scaling on your 27" 4k monitors? Maybe my eyes are going bad, but even text on my 27" 1440p monitor seems uncomfortably tiny at times without scaling.

    I also like Fabfilter Pro R for my reverb needs and the simple interface in typical Fabfilter fashion is pleasant and quick to use including the distance knob for positioning, but if you want to have direct control over early/late reflections and the whole jazz, it's probably not the right one.

    My guess is, that 1333 MHz is just the DRAM frequency for the RAM, which is sometimes used and just one channel. Since it's double data ram with 2 channels, that would result in 2666 MHz.
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  20. OK. I've just done a little research. So my mistake. The RAM is fine. It has nothing to do with Dual Channel or downclocking the RAM. Actually it's... Marketing.
    (Warning technobabble below). Around year 2000 a shift was made from SDR RAM (Single Data Rate) to DDR RAM (Double Data Rate). That meant in the new technology for every clock cycle of the memory Bus instead of 1 data signal there are 2 data signals. However nothing sells product better than bigger numbers. So instead of explaining "This RAM with 100 MHz is two times faster than this one with 100 MHz, because it is newer technology indicated by different letter at the beginning", the Marketing teams went: "IT'S LIKE 200 MHZ!". Nowadays some Hardware Monitoring Softwares will show for RAM real bus speed (1333 MHz) and some will show "hypothetical, effective speed compared to single data rate" (2666 MHz). The latter value is used more commonly. It is the one you see in BIOS, in Windows Task Manager and is the one that is advertised on box or website. So that's where my confusion went from.

    As for the reverbs, just few days ago iZotope released Neoverb. It has some AI Assistant for tweaking the parameters. Seems very interesting. However I'm waiting for more reviews and audio examples.

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