CCS Portable Ultra-Compact Workstation

Hi-Performance Gen5 Computing In An Ultra-Compact Design. Don’t be Fooled Its Ultra-Compact Design – This Portable Powerhouse Packs All the Features & Performance of a Full-Sized, Gen5 Graphic Design Workstation. And with a Host of Options Available, You’re Sure to Get the Level of Performance That’s Right for You:SPECIFICATIONS: Intel Core i5/i9 Series or AMD…

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NVIDIA RTX 6000 ADA GENERATION GPU
Benchmark Test Results

Over the past several months CCS has built a number of workstations with Nvidia RTX 6000 Ada 48GB GPU. Compared to their predecessor, the RTX A6000, the RTX 6000 Ada has approximately double the number of processors and offers impressive performance gains – more cores, faster cores, significantly larger L2 cache and increased bandwidth. However…

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INTRODUCING OUR “XENOWULF”
192-CORE CPU RENDER NODE!

Here’s the latest dual-socket Motherboard from GIGABYTE specifically designed for the new AMD EPYC 9004-series of ‘Genoa’ processors. Currently there’s only four of these Motherboards in existence and we’re fortunate to own them all. Since the new AMD Genoa processor is larger than its predecessors, we had to design & fabricate new custom aluminum water-blocks.…

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HPA Tech Retreat 2023

We had an incredible time at this year’s HPA Tech Retreat. It was great to see dozens of old friends and colleagues and meet fellow Industry professionals from all over the country. This year we had our full line of Xenowulf liquid-cooled workstations & servers on display – including an AMD EPYC 9654 96-core Genoa…

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Ralph Lauren: Spring / Summer Fashion Show

The CCS Team was on-site last week at the Huntington Library in San Marino for the Ralph Lauren 2023 Spring/Summer collection fashion show. CCS provided all hardware & technical support for video editing and still-photo retouch. We also built the infrastructure and storage network for the entire project as well as the uplink for social…

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Nvidia NVLink Bridge & GPU Scaling in Unreal Engine

While working on a system build we had some questions arise about the benefit of using Nvidia SLI NVlink and GPU utilization in systems using more than 2x GPU when running Unreal Engine. Fortunately we had a Xenowulf 4x RTX A6000 workstation sitting in the shop so we decided to see for ourselves. Nvidia’s NVLink…

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Apple M1 Ultra SoC GPU Performance

How well does Apple’s new M1 Ultra Silcon Chip perform compared to systems with a dedicated GPU? We thought we’d find out… On the Apple website, we found the following graph & accompanying quote: “For the most graphics-intensive needs, like 3D rendering and complex image processing, M1 Ultra has a 64-core GPU — 8x the…

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Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra – CPU Benchmark Comparison Test

CCS recently added the new 2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra to its rental inventory. The workstation features the new Apple M1 Ultra 20-Core all-in-one SoC (System on Chip). The M1 CPU utilizes 16x ‘hi-performance’ Cores & 4x ‘hi-efficiency’ Cores. Upon arrival we put one on the bench and start testing the M1 CPU performance. Here’s…

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Improve Your Data I/O Workflow

Still using SAS or SATA Drives to Move Media? Why not improve your Data I/O workflow using PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD technology. Replace your current SSD & HDD drives with our new ARWS Media Transfer System. It will dramatically increase your data transfer speeds – up-to 7GB/sec! The system includes a patented proprietary PCIe 4.0 Interface…

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Next Gen Engineering & Design

All custom PC Workstation & Server manufacturers talk about their high-performance computing solutions. The fact is that they all use similar components and engineering design. Only the Xenowulf line of workstations and servers deliver innovative, Next-Gen precision engineering and design. Here’s a look at a Xenowulf X7000 workstation recently purchased by an LA-based Facility. One can…

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Nvidia Quadro RTX A6000 In-House Benchmark Test Results

CCS recently acquired several Nvidia Quadro RTX A6000 GPU. With 48GB of VRAM and a hefty price tag of $5K it’s certainly not for everyone. They do however offer a host of significant improvements over the previous Turing architecture and are a great choice for projects involving massive datasets & workloads. We really like the…

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The Benefits of Liquid Cooling for Professional Workstations

THE BASICS Heat is the single most crippling byproduct of computing technology. Thermal fluctuation, performance throttling and system fatigue are all critical factors that restrict the potential of hi-performance professional computers. The default and usually the only factory option for professional-grade computer components is air cooling. It’s the cheapest, easiest solution requiring little engineering and…

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CCS 2021: Year in Review

2021 was amazing year for Creative Computing Solutions. We’re very grateful to have had the opportunity work with some of the most talented artists & innovative companies in the Industry. Providing hardware solutions for their technical challenges not only makes our work interesting and rewarding. Here’s a short list of projects and events that CCS…

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2019 Apple Mac Pro Benchmark Performance Tests

Apple Mac Pro “Mega Grater” vs AMD Ryzen 9 In 2006, Apple Introduced the Mac Pro “Cheese-Grater”. In 2013 they released the “Trash-Can”. Now we have the 2019 Mac Pro “Mega-Grater” with entry-level configurations costing around $10,000.   Many professionals working in M&E love their Macs. And for good reason. The new Mac Pro is…

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UNITY Art Engine

AI-Assisted 3D Design Today artists working in CG, Compositing, Modeling, Motion Graphics, etc… have a wide range of incredible software tools available to them. One of the most impressive that we’ve seen in terms of functionality and features is UNITY ArtEngine. We’ve been especially impressed by its tool set for AI assisted 3D design and…

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Nvidia GeForce RTX3080Ti Performance Comparison

Nvidia released its latest 3000-series GPU last month – the RTX3080Ti. We got lucky and recently had the good fortune to acquire several of them. We had read a lot about the improved performance and naturally wanted to see how they performed on the bench compared to our existing RTX3080 and RTX3090 GPUs. The “Ti”…

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CCS – PCIe 4.0 Benchmark Performance Test Results

Several weeks ago, we discussed PCIe Gen4 and the incredible performance benefits it offers. As we mentioned, although the software technology has existed for years, PCIe Gen4 hardware has only recently come available. This past week, we benched a full PCIe 4.0 AMD 32-Core Threadripper workstation and ran several performance tests. The TR32 uses an…

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PCI Express Gen4: Sound Boring but It’s Really Important!

Much like the transitions from USB 2.0 to USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt-2 to Thunderbolt-3, PCIe 4.0 is going to have a major impact on production and post workflows. It will dramatically reduce the time needed to load applications, off-load & transfer data, pull assets and playback uncompressed hi-resolution media. If you’re involved in Content Creation,…

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