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Dave Gorrie
Render Farm Suggestions - MacPros/Xserve/Custom Builts?
on Oct 14, 2008 at 7:59:48 pm

Hello All,

We're getting ready to invest in a render farm, primarily for helping out with Maya 3D rendering and some After Effects renders as well.

There is so few places that have info on this topic, and even fewer companies that can help out, so I figured I would just see what people use or suggest!

I guess we have 2 ways to go that we're comfortable with - mac based solutions (which is what platform we use maya/ae on) or a prebuilt system from a company (like boxxtech or pixellexis). I'm already leaning towards the OSX base systems because of familiarity and keeping everything on the same platform, but wanted to see if anyone else has arguments going either way. Also, if there is anyone out there using mac solutions, if they use the XServe, or regular systems like MacPro (or even minis!).

I've seen dozens of do-it-yourself render farm tutorials, but we're really looking to get a professional set up going that performs well and is easy to set up.

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