Project Shadowfax

$30,420 of $15k goal

Raised by 742 people in 26 months

My name is Ryan Bliss and for the past 15+ years I have made my living by providing high-quality 3D renders  to my subscribers  for use as computer backgrounds.   

Recent advances in monitor technology have allowed higher pixel densities than ever before (4K, 5K, and 8K+ on the horizon).   Unfortunately images this size take a lot longer to render.     I have been able to render single-screen 5K images but not the multiple-monitor  images that my fans have come to expect.


I hope to earn enough funds through this fundraiser to purchase a new workstation (to be named "Shadowfax " after the fastest horse in Middle-Earth) and triple monitor  setup to more properly develop multihead backgrounds in a timely manner.  



I hope to power the new machine with 2 14-core Haswell Xeon processors  and at leat 128 GB of RAM.  I hope to also bump my Bucephalus worksation up at least 96GB (12x8GB).

Any extra funds will be put towards software upgrades that I've had my eye on (such as Cityengine, Helios, and GeoGlyph ).


I have been subscriber supported since 1999 but I have set up this fundraiser to specifically target this very imporant hardware upgrade.  

Thank you for your support!!

Ryan Bliss

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Update 10
Posted by Ryan Bliss
25 months ago
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The final pieces of Project Shadowfax are in now on their way!

I just picked up a Titan X for Shadowfax and GTX 980s for Bucephalus and Arion. I also just pulled the trigger on 3 BenQ 32" IPS LED 4K Monitors through smile.amazon.com, with a contribution going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Looks like I'm going to be on first-name basis with the UPS man by this time next week.
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Update 9
Posted by Ryan Bliss
25 months ago
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Project Shadowfax was so successful that I had enough to purchase a third "Bucephalus-class" machine. It has the same Xeon CPUs and will use the RAM that I removed from Bucephalus.

Now the three monitors that I will have on my desk will all control separate workstation/renderers and I will be able to have 3 projects going at a time

I will be calling the new machine "Arion".
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Update 8
Posted by Ryan Bliss
25 months ago
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I'm looking at 3 of these for the displays...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SCX78JS/
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Update 7
Posted by Ryan Bliss
25 months ago
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I've ordered my first Shadowfax hardware this morning. Major Parts

CPUs: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 Haswell 2.6GHz LGA 2011-3 (14 cores each)

Memory: 16x Crucial 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM ECC DDR4 2133 (PC4-17000)

Case: Phanteks Phanteks Enthoo Series Primo

MB: ASUS Z10PE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 R3

Boot Drive: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series 1TB SATA III (SSD)

Data Drive: Seagate ST4000NM0024 4TB

PSU: SeaSonic X-1250

I will be purchasing the video cards and monitors later because I would like a future-proof system and the right hardware isn't available right now.

Thanks again for your incredible support! I will post pics when the pieces start trickling in!
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Betty May
25 months ago

Best of luck

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Joonhee Seol
25 months ago

You make some great stuff! I have no problems donating when you only charged me 100 dollars for lifetime membership!

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$30,420 of $15k goal

Raised by 742 people in 26 months
Created February 18, 2015
$20
Anonymous
23 months ago
EM
$10
Eddie Murphy-Bustos
24 months ago

Love your work and the lifetime membership is a steal, so thank you for that! Happy to give a bit more so you can continue creating works of art.

IE
$50
Ian Ellis
24 months ago

I love your work. Have fun with the extra money!

$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
JB
$20
Jack Blair
24 months ago

Consistently brilliant work!

JS
$20
Jerry` Sullivan
24 months ago

Keep up the great works.

GH
$40
Geza Hoffmann
24 months ago

If you could try a render of the Great Britain flag. It would be greatly appreciated.

$40
Uwe Schwarz
24 months ago

I totally missed this in time, but nevertheless here is a little something to support your work and your family!

TS
$20
Thomas Smith
24 months ago

Enjoy the new hardware and keep up the great work!

$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
Betty May
25 months ago

Best of luck

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Joonhee Seol
25 months ago

You make some great stuff! I have no problems donating when you only charged me 100 dollars for lifetime membership!

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