August 15, 2005
Build Your Own Render Farm
3D animators are a famously tech-savvy and notoriously obsessive bunch, with prodigious knowledge of both graphics hardware and software. And though their party conversation suffers as a result, their lightning-quick PCs always benefit. A hardcore graphics-head recently told me that after throwing a $700 graphics card into his 3-GHz PC, and optimizing its OS for 3D computations, he rendered an ultra-realistic, 30-second-long ocean scene in a mere, er, 18 hours.