Hi Topaz developers,
I’m wondering: according to you, what’s the absolute top-notch, very best rig for VEAI (using Proteus) you can dream of? The fastest machine you could imagine? Would a Nvidia Tesla A100 be of any help, or would like 6x3090 help, or 4x A6000, or whatever? Does a big CPU do any difference?
Here is our problem: we work in Virtual Production. We love VEAI but we only work with 8K, 50fps, Prores4444 plates (equirectangular, 360-degree VR-like stuff). And each take is like 5min long. The purpose is to denoise/sharpen/enhance alrerady nice footage (coming from Red Heliums 8K or Sony Venices 6K)
On our current rigs, we spend about 22 hours to denoise one 8K/50fps plate. Unfortunately, this is far too slow, we really would like to be like 10 times faster… without buying 10 new workstations, if possible!
We’ve tested the following rigs:
“Neo” is a 24 cores/48 threads 3960X AMD Threadripper with 128gb RAM; RAID0 Nvme; one RTX6000 plus one RTX4000. We use Proteus on two or three VEAI instances, with “Use all GPU”. For now Neo is by far our fastest rig.
“Morpheus” is a 24 cores/48threadripper 3960X AMD Threadripper with 128gb RAM; RAID0 Nvme; but only one RTX6000; so we do only one VEAI instance.
“Merovingian” is a 12cores/24threads AMD Ryzen9 5950X with 128gb RAM, simple nvme, and a single RTX3090. We do only one VEAI instace. Strangely, despite its faster and newer RTX 3090 Merovingian is slower than Neo and more or less on par with Morpheus (which is satisfying for a Matrix fan, but hey).
“Tank” is a 8cores/16threads AMD Ryzen7 5700X with 128gbRAM, simple nvme, and two Geforce 3060. We run two instances of VEAI with “use all GPU”. Performance is more or less on par with Morpheus or Merovingian.
What do we do wrong, or what can be done better? Should we use a crypto mining rig (btu I’m afraid the PCI-E x1 connections won’t do)? Or buy some huge Supermicro motherboard and cram 4 or more 3090 on it? Or A6000s?
Or would it be better to buy more budget-friendly rigs like Tank, with multiple “small” GPUs; rather than one big crazy rig?
What would be the best/more optimized config for VEAI? …