Interesting you mention the Xeon Gold 6154. I had looked at that initially, but dismissed the idea once I saw the price tag. I'd definitely have to re-calibrate my thinking/funds with this build to have @7.5k tied up in chips.
Just to be clear, the Xeon Gold 6154 would have 96 PCI Express lanes total if running dual socket? Versus, the 44+24(chipset) of the Xeon W-3175X? That seems significant, and I assume that also doubles up on the L3 cache size as well. So, the Xeon Gold 6154's would have access to 49.5MB, where the Xeon W-3175X would be obviously capped at 38.5MB. Is that correct, and is that something that can have a big impact using Houdini for single and multi-threaded workloads?
I realize there isn't a perfect solution for everything, but for simulation and rendering, yet also wanting fluid UI for the entire gamut of workflow possibilities... would those dual Xeon Gold 6154's, in Houdini terms demolish the performance of the Xeon W-3175X apart from faster single core speeds? Basically, given the cost difference of running dual cpu's, do you feel the performance would justify double the price to that of the Xeon W-3175X that has slightly higher speeds with slightly less threads? I suppose I'd like to know just how much more gain I'm actually getting with dual Xeons if you can elaborate a bit on how that can manifest... If dual Xeons offer up a better solution, is there any reason to wait to see benchmarks in December, or is it kind of we know what to expect when comparing single socket vs dual?
I'm quite concerned about this actually. I'd like to not be held back too much in the simulation realm for example. Guessing that chip is going to be quite nice in some areas, but severely handicapped when it comes to handling large data sets then? And, when you say "more memory slots", I assume you mean from a server mobo? Does the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme offer somewhat of an answer to that for the Xeon W-3175X? ...Also, which motherboard did you use for your Xeon Gold 6154 builds out of curiosity? Is the Supermicro X11DPG-QT the best bet, or just carry the higher price tag?
Super sorry to bombard you with questions. I really really appreciate the feedback as I'm still learning a decent amount during this process.