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Umbra x99 Workstation

by bloomtodecay

39
31 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 3, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.2 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

Description

This was a system built to ease the 3D and 2D design workload. Previously I had a AMD Phenom II 6 core which definitely showed it's age when editing 4K and trying to render 3D at 1080p. I could have gone for the 8 core and in hindsight, maybe I should have. Adobe Premiere has such old architecture underneath that honestly the 980 ti is being wasted. My old 780 would probably still do the job and even a 750ti would probably be fine. Until they update to support either SLI or actually utilize most of the gpu's potential, I would never recommend top tier cards for editing.

I use the 1TB SSD as my main "current project" drive, the 120GB ssds are recycled and used as "cache" drives for the design software, the 2TB is for storing temporary RAW footage and the m.2 is my OS drive.

I kept the radiator in that position: 1) Top would mean moving the fan and mashing the CPU cable (I've tried) 2) My office is 17C/62F for 10 hours a day. So heat is not even a factor. 3) I'll post a new photo of the fans switched to exhaust (didn't make a difference temperature wise)

I appreciate the feedback and constructive criticism. Thanks for taking a look at my build. New one up soon for my recycled 780s home gaming rig. :)

Comments Sorted by:

gorkti200 3 Builds 4 points 37 months ago

Sweet build! I love this case. If possible, I'd try swapping that CM Seidon from the bottom-front-fan to the top-front-fan. Looks like it's exhausting hot air right at the GPU. Dunno if that'll help your temps or not but worth mentioning. +1!

ripersnifel 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Yeah, I was literally about to make this comment as well, especially because the ACX cooler exhausts hot air right into the bottom of the case, that creates a pretty nasty pocket of heat at the bottom with the radiator exhaust pointing right at it. That being said, gorgeous setup and excellent choice of components +1

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Actually, I think he has the front fans setup as exhaust. I can clearly see the top fans are intake. Kinda counterproductive if you ask me. But I agree, I'd still move the radiator to the top-front slot.

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

Hey guys, thanks for the comments. I work in a 17C / 62F office, so cooling is in general a non issue for me ever. The fans were switched to exhaust, made no difference simply because it's so cold in here :) The CPU power cable hinders the 2nd top fan from being put there, I'd rather not mash that power cable so I kept things like this. :p

gorkti200 3 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

I work in a 17C / 62F office

Holy crap I want to work in there! Well sounds like you've got it pretty thought out in your response, kudos dude. And grats again on the machine. =)

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I was going to say the same thing about the radiator right next to the GPU. I guess with the exhaust you could heat your hands up pretty easily!

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

... I have done that before on rainy days when it's extra cold in here. :D

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Very nice. That wifi card is something. +1

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Dat heatsink :D

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Wait, hold on a sec, noctua fans that aren't ugly? It's a miracle! Great build by the way, looks really nice with the all black theme.

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Thank you :D

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

You're welcome!

Sockratis 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Come up with a name and I smell a feature. :)

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Someone on instagram called it "the oil rig" :p Lets go with Umbra :D

Sockratis 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Lmao, my friend called his the Washing Machine

PsychoTraktor 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Why not black death? Or black beast? Or something very "original" :D

Sockratis 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I like Umbra better :)

mb67 5 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Nice build! :-)

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Thank you :D Just saw yours, wow! I almost went with the Noctis for my home rig, but I went with the S340 in black and red. I'll post that whenever I get the parts. :D

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! :-)

I like your m.2 drive. I screwed up and tried to take reverse the label on mine (Upside down goes against my OCD :-P )but it wound up tearing to pieces. Now I've got a black 'stick of gum blending into my mobo. :-P

PsychoTraktor 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

all black+industrial Noctua fans = awesomeness

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

thanks man! :D

Omnicron25 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

I appreciate the rig as much as I like the color scheme you put it together with. Great job!

Ropota 1 point 37 months ago

wouldn't a quaddro or firepro be better for those programs?

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Big firms have more money than me, a quadro makes sense if you are outputting 10 bit color (I don't have a panel like that) and it could make high polygon previews in the viewport faster (I'm never doing stuff that has ever made my viewport lag with the 5820K+980ti). Also their validated for long term and 24/7 use. Great products, just I see no benefit from them for my specific setup. :D

Ropota 1 point 37 months ago

Ah ok. I didn't really know what programs those cards where good for but I do see them from time to time on some machines specifically for stuff like that.

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

If you're doing Cad/Maya/3dsMax/Liquid Simulation I know you'll get some benefit from previewing your simulation/animation in the viewport. My 3D work is mostly motion design, animations or product renders for adverts. Nothing too intense :)

Miller1218 1 point 36 months ago

Could you post fire strike and cinebench scores

bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Miller, the last photo is a Cinebench score if you wish to view that. When I'm back in my office I could do a Firestrike bench mark for ya. :D

Miller1218 1 point 36 months ago

ok thx

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bloomtodecay submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you :D