Hello, I'm looking to speed up my rendering times on After Effects. I'm working with 4k resolution video files. I don't have much of a budget and was wondering if a used server computer would make a good render node. Here are the specs:
HP Proliant DL360 G7
Intel X5675 * 2 (3.06 Ghz/6core)
24GB RAM (6*4GB)
146GB HD 10k SAS
I'm not sure Element will be required for what I'm rendering. It will be very little motion graphics, and mostly high res video. I just tested some different configuration on my laptop using a 10 second clip. With 7 cores and 1.5GB RAM per core, it took 9 minutes and 14 seconds to render. Using 5 cores and 2GB took 8 minutes and 9 seconds. While using 3 cores and 3GB took 8 minutes and 4 seconds. I'm using AE version 13.2. The CPU on my laptop is an Intel i7-4710HQ 2.50GHz so its understandable why its so slow. I'm also combining 2 video sources, into 1 output.
The server just seemed like a good value in terms of computing power. I figured I could drop in a few more memory sticks and a SSD to speed it up. I'd be happy with a rig that dropped the time to render 10 seconds of footage to 2 minutes.