Champlain College Game Studio Donates Retired Computers to Generator to Expand Capacity
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College’s Game Studio has donated eight recently retired custom-designed game development computer systems to The Generator, a combination of artist studios, classrooms, and business incubator.
According to Generator board member Michael Metz, the donated computers will substantially improve the computing capacity of the community maker lab, to easily run the latest creative and engineering software to support Generator’s mission.
According to Assistant Professor of Game Design and Productions Jonathan Ferguson of Champlain College’s Game Studio program, the computers were scheduled to be replaced by new systems needed to match the changes in cutting-edge technology. The powerful workstations are required for the complex 3D modeling, animation, programming and design processes needed for a real-time interactive computer game and virtual reality experiences.
The donation of the custom-built computer systems will also allow Generator to explore Free (as in Freedom Preserving) Software, such as GNU/Linux, an effort in keeping with the spirit of the Open Source movement in MakerLabs and Hackerspaces all over the world, Metz explained.
For those hungry for the details, the PC systems in question were custom built, and feature the following specs:
Chassis LianLi PC A71F or similar full tower (includes fan dust filters)
Power Supply Unit 750 Watts, modular
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67 TUF ATX
Processors Intel® i7® 2600K series processors up to four-cores @ 3.4GHz
Operating System (Eventually, dual boot, Debian GNU/Linux and Windows)
Memory (RAM) 16GiB 1333MHz
Graphics (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX660Ti with HDMI, DVI-D, DVI-I, and DisplayPort
Hard Drives (HDD) 1TB SATA
Network Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Controller Integrated High-Definition 24 bit Audio
Media Reader SD/MMC/RS MMC, MS/MSPro/MSDuo/MSProDuo,
CFI/CFII/MD, ExtremeDigital, M2/MicroSD
Ext. Connectivity 13 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire 800, 2 eSATA, 2 USB 3.0
Int. Connectivity Serial (COM), USB 3.0
Optical (DVD/RW) DVD+/-RW