By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
Advanced visualization is yet another engineering reality where HPC (high-performance computing) means business. HPC and advanced visualization were made for each other. But the problem with you design jocks is that you push everything to the max, so even a souped up everyday engineering workstation often doesn’t cut it. It’s kind of like you’re competing at the Indy 500 with a decked out VW Beetle. You may blow them off the road at your office but you’re driving a granny car compared to the real competition at the track. BOXX Technologies, however, makes the desktop HPC boxes for design pros who push their work to the max.
Take its 3DBoxx 4850 Extreme Workstation. It’s powered by Intel Core i7 technology, overclocked at 4.15GHz and liquid cooled. It has dual NVIDIA or ATI professional-level graphics accelerators (you choose) and the bandwidth to support it. There’s 64-bit scalability, up to 24GB system memory, and up to 6 TB of storage. In other words, the 3DBoxx 4850 Extreme Workstation sitting next to you would growl if it only didn’t incorporate noise-suppression technologies to keep its rumblings tamed.
So, what’s all this power mean for you? It means you can beat on such things as 3ds Max, Maya, and Lightwave and, um, render yourself, your officemates, and the competition speechless (sorry, could resist the pun). But judge what the 3DBoxx 4850 Extreme Workstation could offer for yourself. Start with today’s Check It Out reading, a review of the 3DBoxx 4850 Extreme Workstation produced by Jon Peddie Research, a well-regarded graphics industry marketing, research, and management consulting firm.
This 11-page PDF takes you from where BOXX Technologies fits into the computer-maker firmament right on through benchmarks of the 4850 Extreme Workstation. It explains the company’s engineering decisions that affect your work and why they are important to you. There are plenty of under-the-hood photos too. This is a completely thorough and professional job that David Cohn could have written for DE if these guys hadn’t gotten there first. A tip of my hat to Jon Peddie Research for a job well done.
BOXX Technologies doesn’t fool around when it comes to desktop workstations for 2D/3D animation, modeling, visualization, and motion. The 3DBOXX 4850 Extreme Workstation is HPC for your desktop. Hit the link over there are and give this review a few minutes of your time. It’s the read for you design jocks and visualization mavens who know that you need more of everything to keep pace then lap the other guys.
Thanks, pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering