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Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Helmer-Air Renderfarm

Materials: Ikea Helmer cabinet plus a lot of fancy stuff

Description: 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.

A complete tutorial with all the Hardware and a lot of pics and Details on setup is here.

~ First Image, Germany

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

15 Responses to Helmer-Air Renderfarm

  1. Flatpack lova says:

    Now that’s whay I call a flat pack hack! I wish I had such a powerful render farm piece of furniture.

  2. Don't add up clock speed says:

    81.6GHz? Air-cooled? Seems legit!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really nice job, the only thing i find pity is how the networking is done, everything is nice and compact except for that, i guess you can call that an small space for improvement. Neither the way gratz on the project looks awesome!

  4. Anonymous says:

    hehehehe totally agree

  5. Anonymous says:

    I just love how psychedelic it is to keep looking at the first picture while scrolling up & down :D
    Great job, by the way.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have no idea what a renderfarm is, or what any of that technical stuff means, but I REALLY REALLY like the way it looks. Well done, just lovely.

  7. Gavino Wenzl says:

    unbelievable, “very good very good”

    • Anonymous says:

      This exact same setup has been done before with this same ikea furniture. When the Q6600 first came out there was someone that did this.

    • Anonymous says:




    • Don Krypton says:


      First: The creators put a link on their homepage to http://helmer.sfe.se/ – the first ones to build something like this render-farm, so where’s the problem?

      And second: You post links to your own C:/? Well thanks, but may I have the password, too? Mr. Mpubben?

  8. My two favorite things rolled into one luscious piece of red scruminess……

  9. Katie says:

    fantastic project!

  10. jon chalk says:

    This is “The” project I am planning down the road (costs involved with computer parts). I like the fact that this is not only stylish, but compact, yet having full computing power (this is where geek meets decorator).

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