- Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:36 am
I have just recently built a new system to replace my previous 10 year old dual xeon one. I went for a watercooled (AIO) Ryzen 5950, 64GB RAM and a decent, but good value Asus MB based on the B550 chipset... SSD, I purchased an OEM Samsung 980 2TB drive, non-branded which was 100Euros cheaper than the retail version (no nice looking heat sink, but then the MB has it's own). I stuck it all in a Lian-Li O11D case, with CPU watercooling. Spent just over 2000 Euros. I already have an RTX 2080Ti fortunately, so didn't have to worry about the crazy prices for GPUs atm. The Ryzen CPU is great for overclocking too, to squeeze out extra performance from Maxwell.
Maxwell rendering speed is at least 3 times quicker than my old system, sometimes 4 times, depending on the scene. I still use the MR cloud for most final rendering. but that is only because I don't run renders for more than a couple of hours anymore. SketchUp is still SketchUP and runs about the same as it did before with really heavy scenes, but at least everything boots and opens faster. Other software like UE4 is much better performance wise, especially with RTX features on.
My original intention was to get a Threadripper system and I will probably do so in a couple of years now... by then DDR5, PCI-e 5 etc should all be mainstream. Unfortunately I couldn't wait due to things starting to go wrong with my previous system. If you can afford TR, then that will be better performance wise, but then probably better to wait for the next gen AMD chips if you can. Also it is obviously more expensive unless you buy previous gen TR...