Recommended Workstations for Houdini System Requirements

SideFX’s Houdini tools are great for creating amazing sceneries and volumetric effects. But you need the right machine for the job. EK Fluid Works offers liquid-cooled workstations that stay cool and silent while exceeding the Houdini system requirements. Let your imagination run unhindered.

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Recommended Houdini Configurations

EK Fluid Works workstations are versatile and capable of maintaining extended high-performance levels while remaining cool and quiet. Certain configuration aspects have been tweaked with each of the following systems to better suit specific tasks so they exceed Houdini system requirements and tackle lengthy renders with ease. Ideal for those looking for a smooth modeling and simulation workflow. Find the right one for your unique workflow needs.

Houdini Modeling Workstation:
EK Fluid Works S3000

  • ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • 64GB (2x32GB DIMM DDR4 3200MHz)
  • NVIDIA RTX 3080

Houdini Simulation Workstation:
EK Fluid Works S5000

  • AsRock WRX80 Creator
  • AMD Threadripper PRO 5975WX
  • 128GB (8x16GB DIMM DDR4 3200MHz)
  • NVIDIA RTX 3090

The Ultimate Houdini Powerhouse:
EK Fluid Works X5000

  • Asrock Rack ROMED8-2T/BCM
  • AMD EPYC 7773X
  • 256GB (8x32GB DIMM DDR4 3200MHz)
  • 4x NVIDIA RTX 3090
EK-Fluid Works Studio Series S5000 workstation with 4 GPUs and high-performance CPU – well beyond Houdini hardware requirements

Highest Houdini Performance

These preconfigured EK Fluid Works workstations have been meticulously optimized to deliver the best working environment for any Houdini project. EK’s liquid cooling system enables the CPU and GPUs to maintain their highest boost clocks, netting you the ultimate performance and time savings of up to 25%.

EK-Fluid Works Studio Series S5000 workstation with multiple GPUs – the ideal system for Houdini Virtual production

Reliability Is the Name of the Game

EK Fluid Works workstations utilize server-grade materials and liquid cooling components for long and reliable service life, free of leaks and malfunctions. Liquid-cooled components have boosted longevity and lower power consumption thanks to considerably lower operating temperatures, ultimately reducing the total cost of ownership.

EK-Fluid Works Studio Series S5000 computer with Houdini-recommended AMD Threadripper CPU and EK water cooling

Premium Quality & EK’s Renowned Design Philosophy

Every water block utilized in the EK Fluid Works Studio Series workstations is made of the highest-grade aluminum and features EK’s latest cooling engine for optimal heat transfer, performance, and low coolant flow restriction.

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  • How does liquid cooling benefit my Houdini workflow?

    Liquid cooling has many benefits with little-to-no drawbacks. It is substantially more efficient than standard air cooling, with drastically lower noise output and temperatures, and best of all, it boosts performance – making your PC up to 25% faster! No matter the intensity or time requirement of a design, you can count on the full power of the EK Fluid Works workstation to be at your disposal.

    For more information, visit "“Why Liquid Cooling” where we explore the finer details of water cooling benefits.

  • Can I customize my Houdini workstation?

    If unsatisfied with our current selection of Houdini computers, you can further adapt the systems to suit your particular workflow requirements. They can be loaded with the highest-performance CPUs, like the AMD Threadripper Pro or Intel Xeon Scalable, with 2TB of DDR4 RAM, and multiple professional Nvidia RTX GPUs like the A6000.

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  • What are the upgrade paths?

    You don’t have to go for all the “bells and whistles” right from the get-go. You can purchase a configuration upgrade at a later date. We provide pre-assembled, pre-filled, plug & play GPUs thanks to our industrial-grade dripless QDC. You can easily increase the computational and visualization power of your EK Fluid Works workstations as your workload expands.

  • In the event of component failure, how would I service my workstation?

    In the unlikely event that one of the GPUs fails, it can be easily replaced with a pre-assembled and pre-filled GPU. You would simply disconnect the dripless QDC, remove the faulty GPU, insert the replacement GPU, and reconnect the tubing. It is straightforward and hassle-free servicing.

  • Is liquid cooling safe and reliable?

    All the components and materials used in constructing our EK Fluid Works cooling systems are of the highest quality.

    All tubing is made of automotive-grade EPDM, resistant to considerably higher temperatures and degradation levels than it could ever experience in a desktop computer environment.

    Premium gaskets and high-purity aluminum are used to manufacture the water blocks to ensure long, leak-free service life.

    Industry-proven, redundant Xylem D5 pumps are entrusted with pumping the coolant to all the vital components of the liquid cooling loop.

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