The Life of Pi

A leading Austin, Texas architecture firm makes the switch from Mac Pro to BOXX

by John Vondrak

Eric Lancon is an intern architect at Pi Architects, located in Austin, Texas. Depending upon the size and scope of a particular building project, he works alongside four or five other team members including, draftsmen, project architects, and project managers.  From master planning to schematic design, from design development to construction documentation, Lancon is directly involved in each phase, fleshing out overall designs in graphisoft ArchiCAD. The work is demanding, especially in the schematic phase where clients like to see options, require changes, and want them by next week’s meeting. In order to meet these critical deadlines, Pi Architects bid farewell to their underperforming Mac Pro systems and now rely on BOXX professional workstations. The results have been astounding.

This is Pi Architects’ BOXX Video Customer Story. . .


First Look Review: Powerfully configured workstation features service, support, and attention to detail that justify the price tag.

Images and content below © cadalyst. Read the original article HERE.

The APEXX 2 from workstation specialist BOXX Technologies is a purpose-built system designed specifically for tearing through CAD and rendering up a storm. Neither at the bottom nor the top of the range of configurations available for this model, the 2401 configuration is built around an Intel i7 4790K 4-Ghz CPU that is overclocked to 4.5 GHz and paired with the nimble NVIDIA Quadro K4200 graphics card. Continue reading

APEXX 2 Review: Peak Performer

The article below is courtesey of Desktop Engineering and was originally posted by David Cohn.
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The APEXX 2 2401 destroys the competition in the latest tests conducted by Desktop Engineering. Not only does the machine dominate in virtually every category tested, it is also said to deliver excellent performance “at a very reasonable price.”

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And the Winner Is . . .

And the Winner Is . . .

By John Vondrak

You wish you had discovered this competition earlier. You have a great concept, but limited resources. The deadline is looming and if you only had more time . . . As someone who has submitted work to film festivals, I feel your pain. The judging of films, videos, or art in general, is a highly subjective endeavor, so as a competitor, you’re never absolutely certain your work will resonate with the powers that be. BOXX Technologies’ “I Want to Break Up With My Workstation” video contest was a brutally competitive affair with a vast assortment of worthy submissions. For the record, the winner was unanimous, appealing to our esteemed panel on a number of levels—most of all, a computer which managed to embody the pathetic desperation of Jack Lemmon’s Shelly Levine in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. But that’s not all. It killed on all levels. The next seven entries were close behind and all separated by only a handful of votes. In fact, after agreeing upon a “Fine 15” and then whittling it down to ten, we ended up with two ties in our efforts to reach a top five which resulted in another round of voting. It was a tough process, but overall, this competition managed to reinforce something we already knew: there are countless, talented, creative professionals out there in all lines of work who either use BOXX systems, or wish they did. Thank you to all who entered. It was great fun viewing your work. Want to know our biggest takeaway? No matter what type of work you do, slow rendering times are sucking the life out of you. Don’t worry, BOXX is here to help. Expect to see a lot more from us regarding rendering and our dedicated rendering solutions like renderPRO, renderBOXX and ROW: Renderfarm on Wheels. In fact, for the next contest, why not make the top prize a renderPRO?  Hmmm…

If you’ve managed to read this far without jumping to the list of winners, here they are:

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Spring 2015 Workstation Hardware Guide


Configuring the ideal workstation for your specific workflow can be daunting task. That’s why our in-house performance specialists are ready to take your call, providing expert advice and consultation. But if you’re more comfortable browsing our website and determining for yourself which BOXX solution is right for you, we’ve prepared this helpful guide.

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