Company is looking at going Mac to Z

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sn1p3r845, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. sn1p3r845 macrumors regular

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    Hey there,

    So we've been holding off on upgrading our machines for probably 2 years now, and it's getting to the point where we just have to get something new.

    Here's what we need:

    2 main powerhouse machines for 3D, compositing, 6k editing and motion graphics
    Maya/C4D
    Adobe Premiere
    Adobe After Effects
    Davinci Resolve
    Red Cine-X​

    2 machines for editing (raw 6k red epic)
    Adobe Premiere
    Adobe After Effects​

    Which Z's would you get and how would you spec them? There's way too many processors to choose from and I have no idea what's better than what anymore (thanks Apple).
     
  2. sn1p3r845 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here's my initial builds that I put together.


    2x Main Powerhouse Machines
    HP Z840 Workstation

    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Intel Xeon E5-2620v3 2.4 1866 6C – 1st CPU
    Intel Xeon E5-2620v3 2.4 1866 6C – 2nd CPU
    HP Z840 1125W 90 Percent Efficient Chassis
    64GB DDR4-2133 (8x8GB) 2CPU Registered RAM
    HP Z Turbo Drive G2 512GB PCIe
    3TB 7200 RPM Sata Drive
    Operating System Load to PCIe
    No Integrated Graphics
    HP 15-in-1 Media Card Reader
    9.5mm Slim SuperMulti DVDRW Sata Optical
    HP X520 10GbE Dual Port Adapter
    $6,429.60

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X (purchased separately)
    $919.99

    HP DreamColor Z27x Studio Display x2
    $2998

    TOTAL: $10,347.59 ea



    2x Editing Machines
    HP Z640 Workstation

    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Intel Xeon E5-2630v3 2.4 1866 8C 1st CPU
    16GB DDR4-2133 (2x8GB) 1CPU Registered RAM
    512gb SATA SSD
    3TB 7200 RPM Sata
    NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB
    HP 15-in-1 Media Card Reader
    9.5mm Slim SuperMulti DVDRW Sata Optical
    HP X520 10GbE Dual Port Adapter
    HP Thunderbolt-2 PCIe 1-port I/O Card
    $4209.76

    HP Z Display Z27i 27-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor x2
    $778.00

    TOTAL: $4987.76 ea
     
  3. Hank Carter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure if this still is an issue with HP boxes but make sure the power supply your machine ships with is big enough to support future upgrades, like if you decide to drop a second or third GPU in there.

    I would also look at some other companies like Supermicro, which are pretty popular in West coast post houses . There are several vendors out there (www.thinkmate.com etc) shipping machines based on this set of boards and components. In general they offer more bang for your buck compared to HP. Just make sure you can get Thunderbolt as an option if you already have invested in drives etc.
     
  4. sn1p3r845, Jun 15, 2016
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    sn1p3r845 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm also looking into ProMAX. Anybody have experience with them?

    *edit*

    Holy ****, are they only storage now? No work machines?
     

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