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
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.