Our company is looking to improve the speed at which we can rip files to our printers. Briefly, we currently have 8 Mimaki JV5 printers, 1 computer per pair (4), and 1 Workstation that can control and Rips to each.
The current workstation is a Dell Precision 5810 with a Xeon E5-1603 v3, 32GB DDR3 Ram, Samsung SSD, and an Nvidia Quadro. We currently rip up to 4 files to the remote machines, which makes the CPU peak to 99% until completed. The RAM never goes about 40%, so that's no issue.
Now here are the current influences on how we go forward with this; we also have a laser cutting table, which is operated by another Dell Precision, but it is a 3000 series, rocking the same Xeon E5-1603 v3. That machine uses CAD programs for the cutting process. That particular machine shows no signs of maxing out the CPU. We are about to receive another laser cutting table, which means we need another computer to operate the CAD programs, etc. The initial plan was to build a computer comparable to the Precision 3000, but tweak it a little.
The Printing Department manager then told me about the workstation situation that I explained earlier, and we thought maybe we can build a extreme workstation, and move the 5810 to the new laser. Although I would LOVE to build an insane workstation, I don't think it would be cost effective to move the 5810 to the new laser. Potentially, we could possibly upgrade the CPU in the 5810, and use the E5 processor in a fresh build for the laser.
The RIP software is by Ergosoft, here is a link to the Manual (http://www.ergosofttech.com/assets/appnoteslinkedtoc.pdf).
Jump to Page 20 for the recommend system configuration. In summary it states that having a CPU with more physical threads is necessary, as the program cannot use the multi thread feature. So which CPU would be ideal, if we decide to upgrade or build a fresh WS?
I would like to hear the tek syndicate communities thoughts on this, and I am completely up for any suggestions! If you need more information, just ask!