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According to Synology's website the 1621+ has Dual M.2 2280 slots for NVMe Cache...
it's running 6 x 4TB drives (not ssd's)... it also has 8Gb RAM, I think Raid is SHR...

Hey All,

I recently upgraded my NAS to a 1621+ with a 10Gbe NIC and upgraded my PC's NIC to a 10Gbe card as well (I actually have 2 - an Asus XG-C100C & Startech st10gspexndp dual port 10Gbe PCIe

I'm connecting it all with a Ubiquiti Enterprise 24 x 10gbe switch. and running Cat 6 cable.

Firstly, when in installed the Startech dual port card I was only getting about 0.3 Gbps (write) when testing with the Lan Speed Test ap... I took that out and put in the Asus one and am getting 4-5 Gbps write and around 6 gbps read...

Is around 5Gbps/6Gbps a reasonable expectation with this set up? Or should I be able to get more?

the PC has a AMD TRX40 AORUS MB if that's of any help?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Hardware / Data storage-Archiving Older files/projects
« on: 2022-04-23, 01:05:22 »
Hey All,

I'm just wondering what systems people are using for data storage? I'm currently running a Synology NAS DS918+ with 5Tb of data, it's coming close to being full and I'm wondering if there is a better solution or should I just upgrade the amount of storage in my NAS?

Also, do people here archive there old projects by moving them to external HDD's, or what solutions do you use for this?

Much appreciated.

Hardware / Re: Laptop Suggestions
« on: 2021-10-26, 00:28:11 »
Does any know if you can get a Laptop with 128Gb Ram and a AMD chip or something with more than 10 cores?
I can't find one anywhere, I looked up clevo and couldn't find it anywhere?

I contacted their Australian reseller and he's pointed me to these 2: - 128GB Ram but i9 (10 core cpu) - 64GB Ram (Max) and AMD 5900x (12 cores)

I quickly went through their options and priced up this machine as i think the 128Gb Ram is essential for me...

Metabox Prime-X X170KM-G
Intel Core i9-10900KF 10-Core (20M Cache up to 5.30 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 16GB GDDR6 VRAM with G-Sync (165W TGP)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut - Ultra High Performance Thermal Dissipation
17.3" UHD 4K IPS-Grade Edge-to-Edge Matte 60HZ LED - G-Sync & 100% AdobeRGB Colour Gamut
Per-Key Edge-Lit Colour Keyboard - Adjustable Colours Per-Key with N-Key Rollover
128GB DDR4 2666MHZ (4 x 32GB)
**Bonus** Metabox Performance 2TB PCIe NVME M.2 SSD
No Secondary M.2 SSD Drive - Optional Upgrade
No Tertiary M.2 SSD Drive - Optional Upgrade
No Quaternary M.2 SSD Drive
Killer 1650 AX Low Latency WIFI & Bluetooth 5.1 (up to 2.4 Gbps) with Killer Double Shot (4.9 Gbps)
No Optical Disc Drive - Optional Upgrade
Win 10 Professional 64BIT License - Installed & Ready-Out-Of-The-Box
3 Year Metabox Platinum Care Onsite Pickup Protection

what do you guys reckon?

Hardware / Re: Laptop Suggestions
« on: 2021-07-15, 05:51:20 »
is there anything out there that has more than 8 Cores and can take 128Gb ram? I'm looking for a solid solution for being able to work on the road...

Just wondering if there is any derived benefit of changing my workflow in max from mm to cm?
I've worked in archiviz for 13 years and just always used mm, but after reading around I've noticed that a lot of ppl are using cm...?

You should be able to achieve the result you need with the shadowcatcher material pretty much out of the box. Can you explain what seems to be wrong?

Here are some educational materials:

1) Our video tutorial (5 parts):

2) A forum thread with a sample scene and renders:

I always assumed that was how it was supposed to work, but when I set the projection mode (screen/enviro) the hdri i'm using is visible on the shadowcatcher plane. it also seems to project/reflect light upwards underneath the object...? 

Hey all,

I having trouble getting the shadowcatcher to behave how I'm wanting, I have a basic studio set up - whereby i'm rendering out objects (Furniture) on a curved white backdrop, it's being illuminated by a hdri and a couple of corona lights. If I render the scene without the shadowcatcher it comes out exactly as I'm wanting, however, I need to be able to remove the backdrop in photoshop and compose the shadows in. The CShading_Shadows is too noisy, so that doesn't work.

Is there a way that I can do this with the shadowcatcher?

Basically, I'd like to not be able to see the shadowcatcher at all in my scene and just have the alpha with the shadows so that I can remove the background and comp my object and shadows into a new background in photoshop?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


I get a lot of crashes if i try to adjust a material when using interactive rendering. simple things like changing the refl colour and max just completely crashes, no attempt to save the scene in autoback just completely closes out...

is this common, or is there something going on here locally..? I'm using corona 6 hot fix 1 on a TR3970 w/ 128Gb RAM and max 21.


With 2.5D I am frequently rendering 8K images even with 1px size with no issue, never even touching above 60GB I believe. With previous disp method, that was impossible, 3px was the highest for such resolution and precomputation took forever.

Any suggestions as to what might be going on? I've rendered other angles from the same scene at 5k without issue, but the last one they want at 8k just crashes everytime...
I've changed the secondary GI to Path Tracing and enabled 2.5D and upped it to 4 which has seemed to get it going... but I haven't seen the result yet so not sure if it's going to be okay...

it's just an exterior townhouse scene, forest pack, basic brick and render townhouses...

Just curious if it is necessary or advisable to increase the displacement size as the image size increases?

I've been having trouble rendering an 8k image, which just crashes when calculating displacement... I've enabled 2.5D and after upping the value from default 2 to 4 it seems to have got through it and is now rendering...

I'm running a TR3970 w/ 128Gb Ram which I would think was plenty? the scene also seemed to render ok with the default settings at 5k...?

Thanks mate :)

Thanks mate, i couldnt find anywhere if the NH-U14S fits the wrx80 chip...

Yeah you're right it's a lenovo system i'm looking at... just wondering if it's worth the money or if I can get a better deal/more rendering power elsewhere.. :)

would this be a preferabe cpu over the 3970x?

I don't understand the specs at all but here's the list of comparison...

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