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"One Shot, One Kill"

Continuing to dig through the archives, I have another map I worked on. This time with Josh watson as map lead. I was responsible for terrain stuff, foliage, trees, and so on fdor this map. Check it out in the Call of Duty section!


More Call of Duty maps!

This time I added "Bay View" which was a map I worked on with map lead Ray Arriaga!


ARdVRk in the new Freelance section

I have started a new freelance section for extra cirricular activities. Check out the new section I have for the work I did with ARdVRk


Why the upgrade?:

Let me start by saying, I have been an Intel fan for a long time. Generally, their products have been great for the freelance work I do at home, and so I haven’t had a real reason to change. Until now. Enter the Ryzen 1800x.

Every year I do some sort of upgrade to my pc, to stay up to day and keep things rolling. Last year was the NVidia 980Ti. This year I decided my upgrade would be a new processor, motherboard and memory upgrade. I started this task as I usually do, with research. I looked at many benchmark sites. Asked questions of the IT department people at work, and so on. I also pinged a friend of mine who works for AMD, Don Woligroski. He mentioned that AMD had just released this new processor unlike anything they have had in the past. This thing is an 8core, 16-thread processor. I checked out the benchmarks, watched YouTube videos, talked with people and compared prices and specs. It took me 3-4 weeks to decide but finally I picked one up along with an MSI x370 SLI Plus motherboard, a giant Core Frozr L cpu fan, as well as 32gb of pc3000 dram.

Now, I don’t want to get into tech specs. I will link a few helpful sites below for people to dig into for all of that. What I mainly want to do here is explain how the install was, and how my first month using it for contract work has been.


It took me about an hour to do, mostly because the assembly instructions for the MSI Core Frozr were a bit confusing, and I accidentally totally disassembled it, and had to put it back together after watching some YouTube videos on it. It’s a great fan but be aware, the instructions aren’t amazing, just watch the videos for it, it’s way better. Other than that, it was a piece of cake.  The Pc took a few minutes to boot the first time, and of course, I played with the various overclocking tools for fun. Refer to the various YouTube videos for that kind of stuff. Ultimately, I ended up just leaving everything as is.

The first month:

It turned out that as soon as I got my rug up and running I had some intense Mantra rendering inside Houdini to do so I immediately put the Ryzen to work. What I noticed right off within Houdini was how much easier it was to work on various particles. I also noticed inside Fusion 360 that it seemed to be much peppier even with super long design history. I also was able to open 5 million polygon models in Maya. My old core i7 was not doing that before without crashing. All of this sounds great but here is the funny thing. I did all of those things AT ONCE. The Ryzen’s power isn’t just in doing some single operation. Yes its pretty good at that, and so is the core i7. Its in being able to do tons of those things all at once. Consequently, I was able to kick off renders, assign some of the cores to do that work while I used other cores for Maya or Fusion or substance or whatever else I wanted to work on. It was like having 2-3 Core i7 computers at my desk.


Because of this newfound super power, I realized I needed more monitors. So I ended up buying a 34” ultra wide screen to go with my 30” widescreen so I could run at least 2 3d packages at a time while working. The funny thing is, my bottleneck might just be my more or less brand new video card now…. Thanks a lot AMD!

Final word:

If you’re a digital artist who needs to do renders, this processor is definitely for you. Being able to do complex multi hour renders, but still work without a hiccup is amazing. If you are a gamer, you can use this processor. It’s blazing fast. It’s probably overkill. The core i7 is just a bit faster for a single core like games tend to use, for now. However, as games get more into VR and start using up cores, the Ryzen is going to look amazing then too. 

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Computer Upgrades!

My new home system is fully updated with the new Ryzen 1800x for much better rendering. I also scored a 34" Ultra wide monitor!

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