Since hypnosis school was cancelled by the coronavirus, Jack had a $1200 refund to spend on a new computer. Watch him describe it here:
Official parts list for the Himbo Computer:
- Asus Prime X-570 Pro motherboard
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor (6 cores, 12 threads 3.8-4.2Ghz)
- NVidia RTX 2060KO graphics card
- 16GB DDR4 3200mhz memory
- 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
- 4TB Western Digital Hard Drive
- Prestige 850W 80+ Gold certified power supply
First you put the CPU, memory, and SSD into the motherboard, then you plug it all in and test it. If the fan spins, you’re good.
Then you screw the motherboard into the case. This one is a NZXT H510.
Turn it right side up, plug everything in, and start cussing because the damned screws that hold the graphics card in place are both stuck and I had to have a buddy come by with a dremel tool to saw the screw off so I could install the graphics card.
And after I press the button for the first time, nothing happens. No screen, no keyboard. Just a little flashing light in the case.
I will admit that I got wrapped up in other things for a while. I got to this point on the computer in early March of 2020, then went to visit my family up in Tahoe just before the Grand Princess docked in California and the whole state went into quarantine.
Honestly, I abandoned computer building and diverted directly to making the spiral I had intended to render on the new machine and just sorted all 3000 memes into an 8:33 spiral. It took 92 minutes to render.
The statewide lockdown was beginning to wear on me so I put the computer aside for a few days to work on the file Pandemic Prudence.
When I finally picked the project up a month later and I got back to building the himbo machine, it turned out the fix was simply jiggling the 24-pin motherboard power connector. It would finally give me a keyboard and screen.
I had a hell of a time trying to get it to recognize my next generation SSD, though. PCIe 4.0 is more than twice as fast as an ordinary NVME drive, and it took both a BIOS update and switching to the other M.2 slot to get it to recognize the drive properly.
After that, I was finally able to install Windows 10 on the drive, get Adobe Premiere installed, and make a test project.
Impressively, the full 5:24 Jack Takes A Shower clip rendered in less than 90 seconds with no effects other than a 90 degree rotation, and the 23 second teaser clip above was practically instant, rendering in less than 5 seconds.
With the machine verified to work and all my software installed, I proceeded to transfer my deep storage hard drive, a 5TB WD Blue drive named “Ms. Blue” that holds all of my source files for Fabulous Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Onstage, as well as all my CollectorsRealm3.com files.
With Windows purchased, installed, and suitably customized it was time to move my Vast Country hypnosis files over and re-render the Himbo Spiral…
So, I *finally* got around to re-rendering the mega spiral to test out the Himbo Machine.
- Original Device: 8:33 file rendered in 91:15
- Himbo Machine: 8:33 file rendered in 12:59
(for reference, this is a 5 layer video file with scaling, transparency, variable opacity, and color correction, pretty typical of the sort of thing the Himbo machine is gonna make)
So, overall I’m happy with my renders being 6 times faster on complex projects and more than 3x faster on simple clips from HD files. Next paycheck I’m buying some modern games which I have not been able to play for years.
Further testing confirmed that the himbo machine is also absurdly well suited to audio rendering. It renders an 8 minute mp3 file in less than 5 seconds and the 2060KO allows use of NVIDIA RTX voice to eliminate background noise.