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Matrix – Tiny Workstation (Somewhat SuperComputer)

April 23rd, 2013 1 comment

Finally I found some time to post my new custom build. I’m building my workstation designed for 3D rendering, graphic and video design, gaming and high resource intensive math and cryptology calculations and benchmarks. Uh-oh I’m so excited to perform some of my planned OpenCL and ImageMagick tests…

Build Details: I was looking for motherboard with a lot of PCI-E slots, because I need to run 6 x Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X 3GB version. I found excellent deal for used P6T7 on eBay with set of memory, memory fan, cpu and CPU fan.

Here’s what’s planned:
Motherboard: P6T7 WS SuperComputer 7 x PCI-E x16 (4-way CrossFireX x16 or 7 x PCI-E x8).
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)
Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 + Memory fan
CPU FAN: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler
GPU: 6 x SAPPHIRE Vapor-X VXSR Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
PSU: 2 x ZALMAN 1250 Platinum 1250W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active

This is going to be no case build (no case for now) until I decide how much space I’ll need with all the 6 GPUs and dual PSU, and then I’m planning to build custom rack.
I’m very creative and I love to generate new ideas every single minute. So here we go, yeah I’m getting excited too! Let’s build some funny legs…
For now I’ve got some basic parts to build custom motherboard legs/stands to put some clearance between the motherboard and the table: 4 x Push-on F-connectors for coaxial cable (Ideal RG-6) for motherboard feet. Machine screws 6 x M3 25.4mm length metric (US standard #6-32 x 1″) Flat Head Phillips, 8 x Machine Screw Nuts M3 (US standard #6-32). Shepherd Vynil Bumpers 10mm (3/8″).

The build is still unfinished. The motherboard’s CPU fan heads doesn’t work 🙁 I need CPU fan controller, which I’m getting soon + two more RG-6 connectors for middle legs/stands for the motherboard, because it seems slightly bending in the middle and I don’t want to make any damage and this is only with the ram and the CPU fan on it (I imagine 6 x Radeon 7970 loaded, won’t be good for the PCB).

Updates and photos coming soon…

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