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L'Ancien Regime

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  1. See? Industry is already ahead of the curve on this, working in concert with Nvidia http://www.cgchannel.com/2018/08/video-chaos-groups-neat-new-real-time-ray-tracing-tech/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cgchannel%2FnHpU+(CG+Channel+-+Entertainment+Production+Art) Chaos Group has posted a demo of Project Lavina, its new real-time ray tracing system based on Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) technology. The video shows a standard .vrscene file with a total of 300 billion triangles being rendered at over 25fps on a system containing a single Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU.
  2. That's exactly what I was asking last night as I watched the video. Watch the video carefully to the end. It's packed with very interesting information that may revolutionize your opinions on what to buy next. I"m not sure now. Your questions were already foremost in my mind but now things have changed. Also I noticed that even thought they're claiming it does real time SSS there were no good examples of it in the video though I may have missed that part as I prepared my dinner..
  3. I'm seriously reassessing my purchase of of the 2990WX in light of NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang's keynote speech at Siggraph 2018 in Vancouver last night. The purpose from my POV was always render buckets. 64 render buckets in Mantra or Vray etc sounded like the solution to my main bottleneck, which is in creating and testing new textures in full ray trace mode. The announcement last night is that with RTX, real time ray tracing had arrived at an affordable price (for me). I'm not sure yet though. It's going to be interesting to hear all the discussions on this development over the next month or two. You can watch it here; https://wccftech.com/watch-nvidia-ceo-siggraph-2018-livestream-here/ All the details and analysis here; https://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-graphics-card-turing-launch/ https://www.cnet.com/news/nvidia-turing-architecture-arrives-in-high-end-quadro-rtx-gpus/ If $10k sounds like a lot it is but it's actually a bargain compared to this The $10000 top of the line Quadro RTX is the equivalent to this DGX worstation for $50k. (Reminds me of the days of SGI workstations) I could see buying the Quadro RTX 5000 for $2300 USD Rumors are the Turing Nvidia RTX 2080 is going to be $3000 or so the rumors say. Watch the video of Huang's speech closely. It's full of pretty impressive stuff. Maybe the answer is a new second generation Ryzen 12 core that's a lot cheaper, with 128 gigs of DDR4 RAM and one of these Turing GTX GPUs for real time ray tracing. At the end of th video Huang says Maya et al are already on board with this so it'll run on all the render engines no problem. 4k, even 8k real time ray traced renders.
  4. Yeah I've been looking at those for a year now and that's definitely lthe way to go. That SSD would be good for a RAID array. But I remember paying $500 for 500 gb SSD just a few years ago..
  5. I was going to run out in September and buy the 2950X and even the latest NVidia GPU, the 2080 or whatever it's going to be called, but my friend an EE reminded me of Black Friday. Something to remember from last year.. https://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2017/11/23/amd-and-intel-in-massive-black-friday-processor-price-war/#6147e22d770a Threadripper 1950X: Launch price $999 - Average price $949 - Black Friday Sale price $799 (saving $150) a 16% saving. A similar 16% reduction in price on the AMD Threadripper 299WX 32 core CPU would be $287 USD. Oh well I wait a couple extra months....but by then they'll be letting out leaks on the soon to appear 64 core 128 thread Ryzen CPU..
  6. I watched about 75% of it. It was OK. I was disappointed with the Zbrush session at the end. The instructress did nice work but nothing to learn there that we don't already know.
  7. Sort of a bit off topic but since we're thinking about next builds, how about a 1TB SSD for $173.00 USD? https://wccftech.com/review/crucial-mx-500-1tb-ssd-review-one-of-the-best-in-its-class/
  8. It's live right now; the taxidermist lecture is excellent. I'll try to find a you tube or vimeo version to post when it's over.
  9. Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen it around and yeah I love BREP modeling. I'll have to give it a spin.
  10. https://wccftech.com/goldman-downgrades-intel-while-upgrading-outlook-for-amd/ Goldman Sachs not only upgraded AMD (NASDAQ:AMD 19.06 0%) from “sell” to “neutral” today, but Analyst Toshya Hari cut the rating on Intel (NASDAQ:INTC 48.85 -0.03%) from “neutral” to “sell,” doing a complete polar swap on the CPU giants. In Hari’s note to clients, he said “[w]e find it increasingly harder to argue our prior bear thesis — even following the recent stock price move — given Intel’s struggles with 10nm process technology.” This after my previous article regarding Morgan Stanley saying the general semiconductor industry is on the downswing, in addition to our article regarding Intel’s 10nm process is vastly superior to any current 10nm process currently in mass production as well as being a more dense and versatile package, it is still an unknown factor whether or not Intel can deliver, but the same thing could be said of AMD. While some analysts believe the smaller the process, the better the chip, not all processes are created equal. From April 6, 2017, when Goldman downgraded AMD to sell, AMD stock has gained 44% versus the S&P’s total return of 21% over the same period of time. With AMD pushing hard for market gains in the CPU market, it’s clear analysts are noticing something different, and not necessarily just Intel’s recent and scandalous change in leadership. Though this also could have analyst worried. Brian Krzanich, who resigned after having an affair with a subordinate, has not formally been replaced. Bob Swan was named interim CEO as of June 21st, but Swan was the CFO prior to all of this and made comments during an all-hands staff meeting that not only was Krzanich asked to resign for breaching company policy in regard to having a relationship with a fellow employee, he was removing himself from candidacy for CEO, further questioning the next person in charge. He also made clear their company’s sexual harassment policy. Now that Goldman has changed its tune on AMD, it also had quite a bit more in regard to it’s now also changing their opinion of Intel. “We believe Intel’s struggles will provide a reason for customers (PC OEMs, server OEMs, Cloud Service Providers, etc.) to adopt, or at least investigate, AMD’s product.” Their now adapted appraisal of 2019 lines out a sizable gain of 5.1%, moving into 2020 where they could see 9.4% gains in the server chip market alone. The desktop and OEM markets are different stories entirely, but if similar gains are seen here as well, Goldman could continue down this path. The playing field, from Goldman’s perspective, seems to be leveling off a bit. The next two years in the CPU market could be huge, not only for competition in the stock market but for the innovation it will provide everyone. This is just starting to get interesting. Affairs, reversals of ratings and even Goldman Sachs admitting they were wrong about a previous prediction. This story has got it all, folks. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you informed!
  11. http://www.cgchannel.com/2018/08/come-to-anatomy-lab-the-art-and-design-of-quadrupeds/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cgchannel%2FnHpU+(CG+Channel+-+Entertainment+Production+Art) Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation is hosting The Art and Design of Quadrupeds, the latest of its popular free Anatomy Lab workshops, at its Hollywood campus this Saturday, 11 August 2018. The full-day event, which can be viewed online via the player embedded above, provides practical guidance in drawing, sculpting and even 3D printing animals: this time with a particular focus on quadrupeds. Masterclasses in drawing, sculpting and animating believable creatures from leading VFX artists The day kicks off with a session on sketching animals from life from Gnomon instructor Andrea Adams and Mollie Hogan, executive director of nonprofit conservation organisation The Nature of Wildworks. They will be followed by one of the event’s most unusual talks, in which taxidermist Allis Markham and Nathan Looyenga, founder of 3D printing service Kapow! 3D, reveal how anatomy affects their work. After an interval, Rhythm & Hues animator Stephen Cunnane – and creator of some very neat videos analysing the walk cycles of mammals and creepy-crawlies – will provide his tips for animating animal gaits. Finally, Krystal Sae Eua, Blur Studio’s lead character artist, will be providing a live demo of her ZBrush sculpting workflow, focusing on the anatomy of canine limbs. Anyone interested in attending is advised to arrive early, and to “bring a sketchbook and an inquisitive mind”. Free to attend, but register online in advance Anatomy Lab: The Art and Design of Quadrupeds takes place at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus from 12.00-4.30pm PT on Saturday 11 August 2018. Entry is free, but you’ll need to register online in advance. If you can’t make it to LA, you can also watch the workshow free on Gnomon’s Twitch channel. You don’t need to register to watch the stream, and can ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #gnomon. https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/anatomy-lab-the-art-and-design-of-quadrupeds
  12. OK I don't know why OP had to come here for this info when all he had to do was google "Macro".. https://www.jitbit.com/macro-recorder/ Macro Recorder is not only a mouse recorder, keyboard recorder and player. It is also a very powerful automation software and even an EXE-compiler. $69 for the best version lifetime license.
  13. And there's this too...sort of the reverse.. http://www.masterviacad.com/powerpackoverview/PowerPackPro/page36/page36.html
  14. https://community.foundry.com/discuss/topic/133055/mesh-fusion-and-moi3d I've been using MOI3D for a while now, which is a great sketchpad type Nurbs hard surface modelling app that produces wonderful engineering type hard surface precise shapes. When Mesh Fusion was first released I tried to reproduce what I could do in MOI3D and failed, but now with Mesh Fusion in Modo 10.2 with procedurals and the improvements to meshing it's all there now. It took me around 20 mins to get the form I was after in in Mesh Fusion which took me all day to get right in MOI3D. The speed was largely due to being able to adjust the form in real time with Mesh Fusion vs having to continually try and backout changes in MOI3D. The other part which took time in MOI3D was working out the export settings to get a smooth mesh that would render well with MODO. It's interesting to see how the two different applications compare with the final mesh that renders cleanly, I've attached a few renders to show the results I got with each program. To get the MOI3D mesh to render properly I needed to use triangles + quads as the n-gon wouldn't work, it took a long time of experimenting to get the right settings for export, but Mesh Fusion worked straight away and came up with an even cleaner mesh. Anyway, super happy with how Mesh Fusion is going, the combination of Mesh Fusion and procedural mirror / helix etc is wonderful, as is the increased stability of Modo. I'm getting some great work done now. http://moi3d.com/forum/index.php?webtag=MOI&msg=987.8
  15. Modo has that built in. https://www.solidsmack.com/cad/learn-automate-commands-modo-macros/ But it only works within Modo. I know of no other program that does that universally across all platforms.
  16. https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-threadripper-2990wx-crushes-intel-core-i9-7980xe-cinebench-benchmark/ AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 Core CPU Is 53% Faster Than Intel’s Core i9-7980XE 18 Core – Cinebench Benchmark Performance Detailed Officially
  17. https://wccftech.com/exclusive-amds-threadripper-2990x-4-ghz-on-air-new-wraith-coolers/ AMD recently held a Threadripper 2 event in Maranello and while we weren’t considered good enough to be invited by the company – we do have some great news coming-in from the event that we aren’t bound by an NDA to not-share (good luck unravelling this sentence): AMD is introducing new Wraith Ripper coolers that will allow its flagship processor, the Threadripper 2990X/WX to hit 4.0 GHz on all cores on air. This is an absolutely incredible feat and is a subtle pun at the recent Intel debacle regarding the 28-core and the aquarium chiller. AMD rolling out XFR2 that will enable 2nd Gen Threadripper 2990X 32-core flagship to hit 4.0 GHz across all cores on air on new Wraith coolers
  18. This is exactly how I feel. Furthermore, it seems that Intel was being lazy, deliberately dragging its feet on CPU progress while keeping prices quite high, the better to maximize profits. Why bother investing heavily in radical new technology when you can just squeeze the maximum out of the existing technology without having to spend that much on progress? Thank God that for whatever reason AMD was able and willing to come back into the top end consumer CPU market like this and give us this amazing gift. My old dual quad core Harpertowns are 9 years old this year. I've burned out two motherboards in the extreme heat of the last two summers. I haven't even had a computer I could work on for over a year, just this crappy $399 Dell laptop . I've been waiting for this moment and now it's almost here. Cooking up textures and making rapid test renders with one of these 64 thread beauties is going to be incredible. It's going to just blast through all the roadblocks in my old texturing workflow like dyanamite. Some people blow their money on ATVs or big loaded $60k pickup trucks. I could do that but it wouldn't be anywhere near as fun to me as having a computer like this. I'm just grateful I could live in a time frame where this was happening. And just stop and think from what's been posted above in this thread; within a year and a half it's almost certain we'll have AMD workstations with 128 threads running at around 4ghz. That will be mind blowing. I'm too old to take any of this stuff for granted at all. It's a miracle.
  19. AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2990x Listed For $1835 USD At Canadian Retailer AMD recently held the Threadripper 2 event in Maranello and it looks like the channel seeding has begun because the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X flagship processor was recently spotted listed at a Canadian retailer (via Videocardz) for 2400 CAD ($1835 USD). The AMD Threadripper 2990X is the flagship of the TR2 platform and features a mammoth 32-core / 64-thread count that can satisfy even the most power hungry Amateur/Video Professional workload. https://wccftech.com/amds-ryzen-threadripper-2990x-listed-for-1835-usd-at-canadian-retailer/
  20. OH MY GOD. Early in 2019 AMD will be coming out with the new 7nm CPUs..and they'll be in 3 series. The third series, CPUs designed for servers WILL HAVE SIXTY FOUR CORES https://wccftech.com/amd-7nm-zen-2-rumors-16-core-am4-32-core-threadripper-64-core-epyc/ The second part of this rumor is that three different designs may already have been finalized for the Zen 2 core. These include: AM4 (Up To 16 Zen 2 Cores) TR4 (Up To 32 Zen 2 Cores) SP3 (Up To 64 Zen 2 Cores) According to this, the maximum core count on the AM4 platform will be upped from 8 cores to 16 cores. The TR4 platform will stick with the 32 core count as the upcoming 2nd gen parts (not likely to remain the same) and the server parts will get up to 64 cores from the current maximum of 32 cores. This points to an 8 core CCX as each die would make use of two such CCX’s. It will be interesting to see how everything pans out for Zen 2 but one thing is for sure, AMD is on a roll with their disruptive Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC releases so expect Zen 2 to deliver the level of excitement as the first Zen processors. AMD is also saying that they are going to bring higher core count than ever before, more disruptive bandwidth and all of this will be available on existing sockets. So companies who were previously running 1st gen EPYC CPUs can just swap in the latest processors without the need to update platform. In addition to that, we can expect the 7nm+ Zen 3 based EPYC ‘Milan’ CPUs around 2020. But there’s more after Zen 3. AMD also mentioned that they are going to bring Zen 4 and Zen 5 architecture based processors in the post-2020 era. There were no details mentioned but it’s great to see that AMD is following a long-term roadmap which will make Intel think twice about their own roadmap which includes an entirely next-gen core architecture beyond 2020.
  21. Good news. Hope you're happy in your new state.
  22. https://www.boredpanda.com/realistic-doll-faces-polymer-clay-michael-zajkov/ https://www.instagram.com/michael_zajkov/
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