Renda G3-SWC Ul­tra

Over­clock­ers’ new PC gets put through its paces to see if it re­ally is built for both games and 3D art

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Orestis Bastounis speeds through with this new PC from Over­clock­ers

It’s a blurred line that di­vides gam­ing PCS and work­sta­tions – par­tic­u­larly any in­tended for 3D art rather than en­gi­neer­ing. In both cases, per­for­mance is king, since all that ever mat­ters is throw­ing as many poly­gons and pix­els across the screen in the fastest pos­si­ble time. For many of us, par­tic­u­larly any­one in game de­vel­op­ment, a sin­gle com­puter ful­fils both roles as a pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ment and a per­sonal gam­ing sys­tem.

The Renda G3-SWC Ul­tra, from vet­eran UK PC sup­plier Over­clock­ers, is a ma­chine that could per­haps be de­scribed as a hy­brid that com­bines a custom wa­ter-cool­ing loop and an over­clocked pro­ces­sor, more com­monly seen in a gam­ing PC, with work­sta­tion-grade hard­ware. It has a 12-core In­tel Core i9-7920x pro­ces­sor, over­clocked to 4.5 GHZ, with a custom wa­ter-cool­ing loop, paired with 32GB of DDR4 mem­ory and an Nvidia Quadro P5000 graph­ics card with 16GB of on-board GDDR5 mem­ory.

Join­ing this tasty spec­i­fi­ca­tion is a 512GB Sam­sung 960 Pro M.2 SSD, ex­tra 2TB hard disk, 800W Sea­sonic Power Sup­ply and an As­rock X299 Taichi moth­er­board, housed in a Phanteks Enthoo Pro chas­sis. The mem­ory can be ex­panded, of course, which may be worth do­ing if you’re con­stantly switch­ing be­tween de­sign ap­pli­ca­tions, edit­ing mul­ti­ple de­tailed mod­els in high res­o­lu­tions. Over­clock­ers made its name sell­ing wa­ter-cooled PCS and over­clock­ers pro­ces­sors, with a custom wa­ter-cool­ing loop in the Renda G3-SWC Ul­tra nearly en­tirely com­prised of top-brand EK kit, in­clud­ing the reser­voir and ra­di­a­tor.

In­side, the PC build is neat and tidy, as ex­pected, with plenty of space to spare in the case – ad­mit­tedly due to it be­ing a lit­tle on the large side. Thank­fully, noise is kept to a min­i­mum as the case and ra­di­a­tor fans only make a gen­tle whir when the sys­tem is run­ning un­der load. Over­clock­ers tells us its stan­dard war­ranty is three years col­lect and re­turn.

AMD’S 16-core Thread­rip­per pro­ces­sor is still fresh in our minds, as it made a show­ing in our labs re­cently, de­liv­er­ing some record-break­ing, multi-threaded re­sults. With In­tel’s Core i9-7920x, you lose four of those cores – but In­tel cer­tainly has the up­per hand with per-thread per­for­mance. As we found in our tests, when com­bined with the 4.5GHZ over­clock, this leads to some great re­sults.

The Renda G3-SWC Ul­tra gave us the fastest Specview­perf re­sults in all but two tests, reach­ing 195 points in Maya, plus the fastest Cinebench re­sults we’ve seen and the fastest 3ds Max ren­der times yet. In the case of Cinebench, this is the first time we’ve had a PC man­age a 3D score of over 200 points.

It’s not all bad news for AMD. The sheet power of Thread­rip­per’s 16 cores, and the strong Opencl per­for­mance of Fire Pro cards, means that its hard­ware re­tains the top spot in a few tests, with over 3,300 points in the mul­ti­threaded Cinebench CPU ren­der. But de­spite hav­ing fewer cores, the In­tel Core i9-7920x still snaps at its heels with 2,900 points, de­liv­er­ing a se­ri­ous pro­cess­ing punch across the board and not just in multi-threaded tests. It’s def­i­nitely hard to not be im­pressed.

Un­for­tu­nately the price tag puts a con­fig­u­ra­tion such as this out of reach for free­lance artists who are just start­ing out with their 3D ca­reer. How­ever, in pro­fes­sional me­dia pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments with busy work­flows, this work­sta­tion will feel right at home.

Orestis Bastounis

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