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Rain Computers Inc. Element VFX Video + Graphics Workstation

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Product Highlights
  • 3.6 GHz Sandy Bridge-E Xeon Quad-Core
  • 8GB of Quad-Ch RAM / Upgradeable to 32GB
  • 1TB SATA III High-Performance Hard Drive
  • 1GB Quadro 2000 Graphics Card
  • Aluminum Body and Keyboard
  • Sophisticated Cooling System
  • PCI / USB / eSATA / RJ-45 Connections
  • Windows 7 Tuned for Audio and Video
  • Custom BIOS Tuned at Deepest Level
  • Phone / Help Desk / Remote Login Support

The Rain Computers Inc. Element VFX Video + Graphics Workstation is built for ultimate performance with creative applications specifically, whether highly demanding ones or very highly demanding, and is not merely built with the best hardware components but with components that combine to maximum effect with one another to make up a full-proof and a most powerful system. Completing the absoluteness is a Windows 7 specially fine-tuned across all settings for audio and video production.

Featuring a 3.6 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of quad-channel RAM, a 1GB Quadro 2000 graphics accelerator card, most all the inputs and outputs you could need for any workflow, and housed in an aluminum body inside of which the hardware comes into perfect sync with a sophisticated cooling scheme, Element VFX will be a perfect home for any and no less all of your video editing, visual effects design, 3D animation and other creative applications, having been tested and tuned for maximum performance with 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Lightwave, and After Effects.

Rain Computers is very tech-support-oriented, providing along with a one year warranty tech support available to you by phone, by RainCare Help Desk, and by Remote Login. And you have the option of extending your warranty along with tech support to a full 3 years to keep your Element VFX a precision instrument at all times.

Performance
Massive power and breathtaking performance for your kind of creativity.

A Symphony of Electrons in Perfect Harmony
Element VFX will never let you down. It will never give up. Engineering perfection and advanced technology come together in a crescendo of creative computing brilliance. Inside this beautiful, aluminum body is a component set designed to obliterate the barriers between you and your inspiration.

Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" Xeon
The future of processing is here in 4 cores.

High Performance Hard Drives
Drop-outs and glitches are a thing of the past. Stream your media up to 6 gigabits per second from a SATA III mechanical drive with a 64MB cache.

nVIDIA Quadro 2000
Your Element VFX comes with nVIDIA's Quadro 2000 workstation-class graphics processor designed for stunning visuals across multiple monitors and more CUDA cores than you can shake a stick at. Feel free to optionally add a Tesla companion processor for high speed rendering.

Up to 32GB of Quad-Channel Memory
Get ready for memory performance like you've never experienced before. Element VFX features 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 quad-channel RAM and packs up to a total of 32GB, also in quad-channel mode for even more performance.
Design
Made for visual production with room for more drives and expansion cards.

A Work of Art
So beautiful, so quiet, a sophisticated sculpture of aluminum and silicon engineered for heart stopping performance with the touch of a button. Fine Italian sports car on the outside, American muscle car on the inside.

A Beautiful Aluminum Body
The new Element VFX is built entirely of aluminum but it's not just another pretty face. Aluminum provides great protection for the system while helping to keep the weight low, lets heat escape naturally unlike plastic or steel, and is easily recyclable. Inside you'll find lots of space for additional hard drives and expansion cards for extra graphics power, HD capture and more.

Easy Access to Your I/O
We know you're going to plug in a lot of stuff so Element VFX includes some convenient ports on the front like Super Speed USB 3.0 and eSATA for high speed streaming to your external hard drives and devices.

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
Leave the screwdrivers at home. You don't need a degree in engineering to upgrade your Element VFX. Just slide a new hard drive into any empty hot-swap hard drive bay, close the door and get back in the creative zone. It's the easiest way to add more high speed storage.

Expansion Made Simple
When it's time to expand you'll be glad to know Element VFX is set up for additional graphics processors, capture cards and audio interfaces. We made sure you have enough room, power and cooling for your expansion cards so you can decide what you need without wondering if it will fit.

Would You Like Water with That?
If you want a cooling solution that goes to eleven but remains virtually silent, your Element VFX will support a separately-sold liquid cooling system that uses good old H2O to get heat away from vital components more efficiently than ever -- and quieter than ever too.

Quiet Cool Design
You want to hear your audio, not your computer. Quiet Cool Design comes to the rescue with aluminum construction, large diameter fans, balanced component architecture, optional liquid cooling and an intelligent cooling system to keep things running perfectly no matter how hard you push your system.
Hardware
Plug it in and watch it go. Compatible with all your third party hardware.

Engineered to Work with... Everything
With USB 3.0 and eSATA 3.0 ports, you can stream media from your external drive at up to 6 gigabits per second. There's also optional FireWire for your cameras and audio devices, USB 2.0 for peripherals and six high-bandwidth PCI Express 3.0 slots for video capture and SLI.

Room (and Power) for Full Length Expansion Cards
You know the problem with little computers? You can't fit anything in them. Element VFX has room for your full sized expansion cards. Whether its nVIDIA, Matrox or Blackmagic, you know it's tested and certified for use with Element VFX. You've got enough energy from the power supply, enough performance from the core system and enough power to change the world.

Get Ready for Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine
If you're using Adobe Premiere CS6, you already know the power of Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine. But to access all those features, you'll need a great graphics accelerator. No problem. Your Element VFX comes with a Quadro 2000, so install Adobe Premiere and you're ready to go.

The Rain Aluminum Keyboard
The new Rain Aluminum Keyboard features graceful curves carved from aluminum, dedicated one-touch keys, and a numeric keypad for transport controls and memory points.

PCI Express Expansion
Six high-bandwidth PCI Express 3.0 expansion slots means you've got all the space you need to grow and grow. Add in your video capture, audio or fiber channel expansion cards and you're ready to go. There's even a PCI slot for your legacy cards like the UAD-1 and the original Pro Tools HD.

USB 2.0 and 3.0
The next generation of high speed data streaming has arrived. Plug in your USB 3.0 external hard drive and stream your audio, video and graphics at breathtaking speeds up to 4.8 gigabits per second. And for your keyboard, mouse and USB coffee warmer, you've got USB 2.0 ports too.

Back it up with eSATA 3.0
Back up your all-important session files at breakneck speed to save some time. Using the same Serial ATA technology as your internal drives, Element VFX's eSATA ports offer high speed streaming at up to 6 gigabits per second with more throughput and less drag on the processor.

FireWire Made for Audio and Video
To guaranty compatibility with your audio interface, DV cam and other gear, Element VFX delivers optional FireWire connectivity via the industry-standard TI Chipset. Smooth operation with the drivers that make your gear go is the name of the game.

A Power Supply That's Good for the Earth
Element VFX gets its juice from a power supply by Corsair that's up to 600 watts and that's virtually silent and 80 Plus Certified for high efficiency. It also means you've got tons of power for extra drives, expansion cards and memory.

Burn CDs and DVDs and Blu-Ray
There's something about holding that disc in your hand that makes a project feel complete. Whether it's Dual Layer CD, DVD or the optional Blu-Ray, you've got SATA II performance and a large buffer to prevent failed burns. Feel free to add another drive or two for disc-to-disc transfers.

High-Speed Gigabit Ethernet
Pop an Ethernet cable into the industry-standard RJ-45 port and get connected with gigabit speed. Once you're hooked up, just a flick of the wrist pulls down all the data you need from the web or network attached storage. Optional WiFi does the same trick.
Software
This is how your software was meant to run. Get every ounce of performance without glitches or crashing. The result is pure creative freedom. Imagine breathtaking video, crystal clear audio and an infinite canvas for your creativity.

More Performance from Your Software
There's a fine line between "compatible" and "mind-blowing-performance." Your audio and video software is compatible with most computers. But there's nothing like a dedicated, workstation-class Element VFX to push the boundaries, giving you the right tools to bring your music to life.

Introducing RainZone Internet Safe Zone
Having two computers isn't always practical. But we also understand that when it comes to your Rain computer, you want to keep everything safe and sound. RainZone is a virtual computer you can use to surf and download without infecting your Element VFX. Just click the RainZone icon on your desktop and a virtual computer comes to life. Email, surf, download and chat without worrying about viruses and malware. If RainZone gets a virus just shut down RainZone and that "computer" doesn't exist anymore -- so neither does the virus!

Windows 7, Tuned by Rain
Squeeze every drop of performance out of your creative software. By carefully tuning the operating system for audio and video production, we've created a Windows 7 that's stable, compatible and perfectly suited for the software you use to make audio and video.

Stability You Can Rely On
Rain users know there's really no good time to crash. That's especially true in the middle of a show or during a recording session. Stability is key and Element VFX's got it in spades with a specially tuned version of Windows 7 designed to make sure you can stay in the creative zone.

Compatible with Everything
There's a difference between compatible and "compatible." The second one means it technically works with your operating system but who knows how well. There's no need to wonder with Element VFX and Windows 7. Install your software and see how it was really meant to work.

Custom BIOS
Using a custom BIOS makes a big difference in the performance of Element VFX. By carefully tuning your system at the very deepest level, we're able to seek out more power and ensure a more stable and compatible environment. Add your software and hardware. You'll feel the difference.
Support
RainCare is technical support and hardware warranty protection designed to keep your Rain running like the finely tuned instrument it is.

World-Class Tech Support
Whenever you have questions, we're here. On the phone, through the RainCare Help Desk or with RainCare Remote Login Support, we got your back so you can get back to work.

Protection for Your Hardware
Your Rain includes a complimentary one year hardware warranty designed to protect your investment. And you can extend your warranty and tech support to a full 3 years from the original date of your computer's purchase for some extra peace of mind.

RainCare Remote Login Support
Remember the old days when you used to have to put your computer in a box and ship it somewhere to get it fixed? With RainCare Remote, you can invite a RainCare Technician to log in to your computer in the comfort of your own studio. Once the problem is solved, we log out and you get back into the creative zone.

RainCare Help Desk
When questions come up, you want a fast resolution. Contact the new RainCare Help Desk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you're on your way back to the creative zone. Just a hit a button and we'll put you in contact with a knowledgeable and friendly RainCare Technician so you can get the answers you need.

Recover Faster with RainCare Restore
Another problem with the old days: reinstalling your operating system and starting from scratch. Yeah, no more of that either. If you need to get back to where you were, just use the included recovery image to bring your Rain back to the way it was when it first arrived. You can even update the image to include all your creative software and hardware.
Introducing Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Service
Sure, you can do the technical stuff. But wouldn't you rather get down to making music and movies? Even if there's nothing wrong with your Rain computer, you can book an Ensemble Plug & Play session for help with your software, hardware, installation and tune-ups. Your Rain computer includes a free session. Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Service is the fastest way to go from opening the box to opening a whole new world of creativity.

What Rain Can Do During Your Ensemble Plug & Play Session:
  • Log into your computer remotely to diagnose and solve issues
  • Install, setup and test your creative hardware and software
  • Expertly tune your complete system for the best performance
  • Create a custom recovery solution and disk image for your complete setup
  • And lots of other things. Just ask!
Processor 3.6 GHz Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" Xeon Quad-Core (10MB cache)
Memory 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 quad-channel SDRAM (Up to 32GB)
Hard Drive 1TB SATA III high performance drive (64MB Cache)
Storage Five hard drive bays for up to 10TB (RAID 0, 1, 5)
Optical Drive StormDrive Dual Layer CD/DVD Writer
USB 6x USB 2.0 ports (480 Mb/s)
4x USB 3.0 ports (4.8 Gb/s)
FireWire Optional 2x FireWire 400 ports (TI chipset)
eSATA 2x eSATA port (6 Gb/s)
Graphics nVIDIA Quadro 2000 (1GB)
Video Out 1x Dual Link DVI, 2x DisplayPort
PCI-Express PCI-Express 3.0: 4x PCIe (x16), 2x PCIe (x1)
PCI 1x PCI slot
LAN Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Audio 7.1 channel high definition audio
Audio Out Center / Sub / Rear / Side / Line Out / Line In / Mic
SPDIF 1x Coaxial S/PDIF out, 1x Optical S/PDIF out
Input Rain aluminum USB keyboard and optical mouse
PSU 600 watt silent power supply (80 Plus Certified)
Quiet Cool Design Intelligent cooling, aluminum construction, balanced component architecture
Software Windows 7, 64-bit, tuned for video and audio production
Windows 8-ready
Custom high-performance BIOS
RainZone Internet Safe Zone
RainCare Restore Recovery and Backup Solution
Dimensions 8.2 x 18.5 x 19.6" (20.8 x 47 x 50 cm)
Weight 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Rain Computers Inc. Element VFX Video + Graphics Workstation
  • Rain Aluminum USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse
  • Universal Shielded Power Cable
  • Element VFX Quick Start Guide
  • RainCare Recovery Software
  • 1-Year RainCare Warranty and Technical Support
  • Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Session
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