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Diamond Grabovci
Best computer for rendering?
on Aug 10, 2016 at 8:47:35 am

Hi guys,

I am a Apple guy but it's not helping me in After Effects or Media Encoder when i use for rendering it's taking so long. I was thinking to build or buy a PC but i have no idea where to start since i always used mac pro or imac i am not very familiar with PC's i hope somebody here can help me build the best computer for rendering i don't have any limits in budget i just need to save time when i render that's all.

I was also looking at but not sure if they're good can't find a single review about these guys.

My current Mac Pro is 3 GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5 32 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB

Any help is appreciated.

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Thomas Leong
Re: Best computer for rendering?
on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:12:52 pm

For AE rendering purposes -
1. The more RAM one has, the more AE will use, with the remainder reserved for other applications as set by the user.
2. The AE render will use all the cores and threads the cpu has (even when multi-processing is turned off)
3. The faster the cpu speed, the faster the render.

So, in choosing a rendering machine, it is a balance of more cores and threads versus cpu speed. The Xeons are generally slower than the mainstream processors (eg. i7 6950X, i7 6900K, etc) when compared unit against unit. But the Xeons have more cores and threads which AE will use in a render, and if one doubles that up (dual Xeons), I dare say that rendering will be much faster despite each Xeon having a slower base clock versus the mainstream cpu.

The BOXX Rendering machine seems solid for the purpose. Suggest you contact them for your requirements (for AE not 3D rendering) and see what their reply is. Granted there appears to be no reviews to date, but generally professional users seldom revert especially if there are no problems with the unit(s). And being a specialist market, the mainstream media would rarely, if ever, be provided a unit for review.

For a read/research, here is a build your own for a modest price -

...with a more modest unit in an earlier article -

good luck!
Thomas Leong

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