Hack An IKEA Cabinet Into A High-Performance Render Farm

Attention tech heads looking for a new DIY computer project: it doesn’t get much cooler (or geekier) than this…

A group of hardcore computing enthusiasts in Germany have used an Ikea Helmer cabinet to build a computer cluster for high-end rendering tasks running on Windows 7.

Explains ‘First Image’ at IKEA Hackers: “We have optimized the original Helmer renderfarm for 24/7 Desktop computing. We have used the standard Ikea Helmer cabinet to build a renderfarm in it. Helmer-Air gots. 24cores, 81.6GHz and 96GB RAM.”

The drawers were kept fully intact with no additional parts required. The result is an insanely powerful yet compact and stylish computing platform with optimised airflow for 24/7 desktop computing. (Note that the drawers have a footprint of 226x173mm, so you’ll likely need to use microATX motherboards with integrated graphics.)

You can see the full details on how it was done at the First Image HELMER-AIR website.

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