I’ve just joined this forum on advice of a seasoned flame friend of mind. What a hive of knowledge!
So quick background… I’ve been a Nuke compositor for 16 years mainly in high end film and TV but recently moved into commercials / short form and setup my own cloud based nuke vfx studio during the pandemic (it sounds fancy, there are only two of us ;). I am in the process of getting flame setup in the cloud too but as my internet speeds are so slow I would need to conform projects locally then send up the plates and run the edit in the cloud. Should I decide not to do it locally.
I was planning to buy a new workstation to do heavy 3D and some 6k uncompressed resolve grading. I had been really keen on the idea of getting the threadripper Pro 32 core with a 4090 Nvida card (twice as fast as the a5000 I believe) when they come out next week, this would tear through 3D work. But I also want to run flame and on the advice of my flame friend he said I’d likely run into compatibly nightmares with new GFX cards that are not Quatro and also that custom builds that do not meed the flame recommend specs are not for the faint hearted. And I’m faint hearted when it comes to linux
So I have been looking at buying an old HP Z8 G4 (PCI 3 motherboard) in the following configuration:
1 x HP Z8 G4 1450W (Grade A) - Windows 10 Pro Duel boot with Rocky Linux 8.5
2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6146 - 12-Core 24-Threads 3.20GHz (4.20GHz Boost, 24.75MB Cache, 165W TDP)
12 x 16GB - DDR4 2666MHz (PC4-21300, 2Rx4)
2 x 8TB - SATA-3 (7,200 RPM, 6Gb/s) HDD - Mirrored for archive storage
Then separately I would buy:
PNY NVIDIA A5000 24GB
HighPoint 8-Channel M.2 NVMe RAID Controller
500GB Seagate FireCuda 530, M.2 (2280) PCIe 4.0 - Linux boot drive
500GB Seagate FireCuda 530, M.2 (2280) PCIe 4.0 - windows boot drive
x3 2TB WD Blue SN570, M.2 (2280) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe 1.4 SSD, 3500MB/s Read, 3500MB/s Write - Raid 5 - linux Disk
x3 2TB WD Blue SN570, M.2 (2280) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe 1.4 SSD, 3500MB/s Read, 3500MB/s Write - Raid 5 - windows Disk
So a few questions:
Autodesk recommends Dual 12-core Intel Xeon Gold 6136 @ 3.0 GHz should I reduce my spec to match this? The one I have selected is slightly faster But I have no idea how exact I have to be with matching specs for support and compatibility.
Does this sound like a good config… Do you know if I can run two different raid 5’s off one card as well as the two boot disks in no raid config?
Is there a way to copy data between the Linux the windows file systems?
I’m guessing the Quatro a5000 over the Geforce 4090 is the way to go if I don’t want a headache? It would be a shame as the 4090 will be almost double the performance and smaller price.
Can I run my Nuke and Resolve on the same linux raid disk as Flame or does Flame have a special file system? Is there a good reason to keep this separate?
Sorry for the long post and all the many questions! I’ve done my best to get to where I’ve got to with the build but struggling on the last few points. Also if you have any thoughts on the above I would love to hear it.
FYI likelyhood is that when learn flame and use this workstation and on the cloud I will really only use flame assist so I can do the conform, clocking and mastering (short form). I will do the rest of the comp in Nuke (hope that’s not a dirty word here