Toms Hardware researches Render Farms
As more and more people get into computer graphics, the bar on “awesome” is being continually raised. As render times climb ever higher and higher, rather than investing in a huge workstation, maybe you want to rethink the process.
If you’re looking at buying a new machine and are thinking of spending big bucks to get a bleeding-edge system, you might want to step back and consider whether it would be more effective to buy the latest and greatest workstation or to spend less by investing in a few additional systems to be used as dedicated render nodes.
The article gets into processor differences, rack-mount vs deskside, and scaling issues present in larger farms. A good read for anyone considering building their own.