Description

This machine was configured primary for running the Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve color grading and editing application. This is not a gaming machine, but was built for my independent video production work, for color grading and editing Panasonic GH4 UHD 4K compressed video, highly compressed GoPro video, as well as more professional SHOGUN recorded UHD4K in CODECs such as Prores and DNxHD/R and also Blackmagic cinema camera Cinema DNG raw files. So far this build cuts thru and manipulates on the fly all the highly compressed codecs great without any lag, nor is there much need for transcoding files in advance. DR is very hardware fussy application and it does not support SLI bridged video cards so that my Dual EVGA 1080ti SC2 cards are not bridged. DR divides up the behind the scene processing over both cards on its own. The first 1080ti card is located in Slot 1 is called the GUI and GPU and is responsible for running the monitors and also serves as a GUI processor. The 2nd 1080ti card called is located in slot 3 has no monitor plugged in and is called a GPU card and is used behind the scenes in conjuction with the other card for on the fly rendering of the color graded nodes and for final rendering too. I installed identical dual EVGA 1080 Ti SC2 cards just in case Resolve someday gets changed to support SLI bridging I will be ready to go and Resolve is also fussy if the two cards are not identical. This machine right now is slightly overclocked to 4.0Ghz with more to come in the future. I use a 500GB Samsung M.2 drive for the boot Win 10 OS and for the apps, it boots fast in just seconds. There is an internal 18TB Raid0 array of HDDS used for the storage location of the raw video. There is also a pair of Samsung 500MB SSDs in a RAID0 configuration which serve as an internal Cache for Resolve and is used to improve behind the scene performance of resolve. I have a few existing external G-Raid Raid0 units used for backup of the raw video and for the rendered output destination. So far, this system exceeds my expectations and works very well for Resolve grading the compressed UHD4K video with smooth previewing in the app, and no transcoding needed so far. The Thunderbolt 3 card on the x99, is difficult to configure and I have an older Thunderbolt 2 external array that is fussy. It sometimes loses connection to the external storage but it could be the external device. Not sure yet. My "gamer" son thinks this build is such a waste but I dont play many games, I spend too much time color grading and editing. I have a 43 inch 4K monitor and 2nd smaller monitor attached. Oh yea, and I got my first game... tis kinda fun. Check out my youtube channel youtube.com/wolfeeldiver

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Maybe you can quickly run firestrike (yes it's not a gaming machine but with insane hardware, I mean, come on). Whether you do or not, great build. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I may just do that..thanks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks for considering.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

this is AMAZING!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

A-MEI-ZING

someone grab the noose.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Eizo monitor?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

43 inch 4K monitor coming this week!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You should do a video on your PC, it's damn near a carbon copy of my current build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I need to look at yours. I'll be adding 3x 6TB internal HDDs in a Raid0 configuration in a couple of weeks, to supplment my video storage.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm waiting on my video cards to arrive from EVGA, as soon as I finish it I'll definitely post it up.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

what's good with those metal things with a G on them to the left of you computer?

+1 for the expensive Awesome build :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

External storage arrays for video.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

THose are external dual HDD Raid0 drives, for storage of Video files.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i need some helps. I want to buy this x99 deluxe II mobo and i'd like to know when i have to plug/install the thunderbolt ex3 card (included in this mobo package), will i still be able to do 3-sli ? will i get enough room for that ? or can i only do 2-sli ?

Another question (maybe you have experience on this)... have you ever known if i can install thunderbolt ex3 card into rampage V extreme and get the optimum tb3 speed ? the ex3 card is officially supported by this mobo , but i just want to make sure that i can get the tb3 speed , not reduced to tb or tb2 speed.

Thanks

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. I'm sorry but dont know anything about the Rampage V.

Regarding this X99 Deluxe II board, I put the Tbolt EX3 card into the 5th "bottom" slot on my build, as that is an x8 or x4 speed slot, all that is needed for the Tbolt. Certain slots operate at certain speeds and you really need to look at the config guides and manuals and pre plan your config. e.g. if using or not an M.2 SSD, etc. For me I wanted my two 1080ti's into slots 1 and 3 x16 slots to support the channels desired. I will to purchase a specific bridge to span the gap. I regret to say on this MOBO there does not appear to be enough room or sufficient x16 or x8 slots configured to physically fit 3way sli, but there was sufficent room for 2 double wide cards. I'll try to post another photo someday soon closer in to the MOBO and my config. The 2nd 1080ti and the TBolt card are very close to each other.. it was a tight squeeze.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. That information is really helpful. It will be great if you can share that photos later when you got time. Thanks.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI.. at present the only thunderbolt device that I have connected is an external GRAID TB2 storage device. I connect this build using the ASUS EX3 card.. due yo a different port physical size using a 3rd party TB3 to TB2 adapter. My connection is iffy..and is not reliable. I do not know if at fault the ASUS EX3 card.or the adapter or my external GRAID device.I would need a true TB3 device to determine if the ASUS board is working proper or not.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing , i plan to use it with external tb3 storage (areca or gspeed) . Hope i won't find any problem. I will share it when i got them all setup. Btw maybe you can test that GRAID connected to a laptop/notebook with TB2 port and see if it still have the same problem.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I had some buggyness with this setup and my external Graid tbolt. I had to use a Tbolt 3 to 2 converter and that may be the problem.. I suspect. For now I'm using that external Tbolt array only for backup and thus the speed at USB.30 is adequate for me for now.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

will you upgrade to x299?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Not for a while. I rarely am an early adopter.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, i'm planning to go with your setup, the only problem is the PSU. The RM is cheaper, but i read a lot of review saying that RM is not recommended or RM is bad bla bla... Any idea why choosing this model ? is this only because of the price ? or don't you think RM is bad ? Thanks.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It works for me so far.. I really dont know, I picked this because of the wattage and the price.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried something like a Blackmagic Ultrastudio 4K Thunderbolt HDMI/SDI Video I/O box yet on the system?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No, not yet.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm considering a similar build that will serve as a workstation for GPU rendering. Planning on using 3 x GPUs, one for display and the other 2 for GPU rendering.

Difficult to tell from the photos but is there enough room to fit in a third GPU?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. I have a very similar build - also for Resolve use. With the ASUS Deluxe ii you should be using PCIE slot 4 (and not slot 3) for the 2nd 1080ti. Slot 3 is PCIE 2.0.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my external G-Raid eternal storage units connects best using an eSata cable. That is the red cable heading out to the external storage. Im searching for a blsck cable to replace it. The other cable is a cable from the assessory thunderbolt card to the x99 thunderbolt header. It's nrcessory.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Black esata cable is on order to replace the ugly red one.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

THanks, i've replaced the red with a black one.