Windows 10 workstation

by | Dec 3, 2017 | Opinions, Rendering

My 2012 MacBook Pro started to act up last week and unfortunately, it appears RAM related. If I would have bought the last MacBook Pro version that allowed for swapping out RAM this may not have been a problem. But I didn’t. I decided to jump in whole hog to the Windows workstation space with Octane rendering in Unity and Cinema 4d. I researched and was looking for a portable machine that would have at least a Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, 16GB of RAM, an SSD drive and Thunderbolt 3. My budget was set at $3000 CDN so I knew what I could and couldn’t get. I settled on an MSI gaming laptop that had all my specs and came in about $2950 CDN with GST. When I went to purchase I accidentally clicked on the wrong link and ended up on’s homepage. I spotted an offer for a different MSI workstation that seemed too good to be true. 64GB of RAM, dual 256GB M2 SSDs in a RAID 4 configuration, 1 TB 7200 RPM HD, 18.4″ LED monitor at FHD, Thunderbolt¬†3 and the kicker: 2 Nvidia GTX 1070 GPUs! It was 40% off with an additional $300 rebate so the total with GST was $2849. Serendipity! I bought it on the spot :).

It’s quite the machine from a 3D perspective and rendering Octane. The only downside is that it weighs about 12 lbs and requires two power bricks. It came with its own backpack so that is a plus and the battery lasts around 3.5 hours so its not a low power laptop. Additionally, the RAM and drives are easily accessible from the top of the machine and it has a gamer Cherry MX keyboard that I can’t really get used to.

I hope to post some renders shortly. Render on!!