We were commissioned to build this machine for customer running Cinema 4D and Redshift. The machine sits in a server room 200 feet away from the editor.
We and our customer are primarily Apple/macOS based, this was our first custom Windows machine build since 2002. Our customer is a post production house that has begun taking on 3D work. This machine performed flawlessly for its first project. On to more...
The build went well overall but was not without a few snags.
We received the motherboard damaged. Looked like it had fallen off the conveyer belt and was scraped up off the floor and flopped back into the box, upside down and with the plastic shield missing. The Asus packaging has no anti-tamper seals so we didn't know the contents were tampered with because we didn't know what to expect. The box was a bit damaged, which is what led us to further inspect. B&H was great about the return and refunded some extra money for our trouble but we are still left a bit concerned. How a motherboard could be tampered with and the end user may not know. What software could be installed before the end user gets ahold of it?
Watch out! The metal shield on the bottom of the motherboard made it so that the rubber grommets in the BeQuiet case had to first be removed so the motherboard sat flush with the mounting board. Then the grommets could be put back in. A concern is that if an end user does not notice this and tries to tighten the mobo down onto the grommets and damages the mobo.
The Asus software for controlling RGB is unreliable. Fortunately we did not sell this option to the customer.
Non native Asus software makes setting up shortcuts and the like more difficult. Harder to deliver an easy to use product to the end user.
Not a big deal, but making the mobo serial number sticker bright pink was surprising. Nothing a little black electrical tape couldn't hide. This wasn't meant to be a pretty machine, but come on! ;)
The GPUs wouldn't throttle fans on their own, stayed at POST speeds (LOW!). Had to use MSI Afterburner (set fans to auto), Asus GPU software wasn't as good in our opinion. Glad we figured all that out before the GPUs burned up. Created a fans-on-high setting for long renders.
RDP ended up taking us 99% of the way and then dumping us on our face. The workstation is placed in a server room and the end user uses from an edit suite 200 feet away. Remote Desktop worked for everything except using camera controls in Cinema 4D. We ended up using a 4K KVM over IP (even works through network switches) and that did the trick just fine.
Still working on getting the Asus 5G networking to work. We have a 10G network and everything else is connecting at 10G just fine.
The Seasonic PSU came with a great assortment of cables. The odd thing is that it suggests that you use a dedicated power cable for each power connector on a GPU like the 2080. Yet, all they supply are GPU cables with dual connectors, which makes for install that's messier than necessary and adds extra airflow obstruction ahead of the GPU.
The BeQuiet case is great. A bit surprising that the PSU cover, while a nice touch, was so thin. When tightened down, it bends over the foam gasket. The large bend is the only blemish and a bit obvious. So close! BE-CAREFUL!!! The font cover on the case has an indentation on the bottom that looks like a place to hold the case to carry from underneath. It's not! You can get the case about an inch off the surface before it drops back down, because this is only a fan cover. Risky design, especially given there's no other good way to pick the case up.
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