Small Business Upgrades to Reliable, High-Performance Intel® Xeon®Processor-based Workstations to Satisfy Complex 3D Animation Needs

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Intel, BOXX Technologies* and Caffelli* collaborated to deploy a local workstation-based render farm featuring Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2687W v3 and the Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series. These workstations replaced the integrated branding agency’s existing prosumer processor-based systems with true workstations that each offered up to 4x performance improvement.  Continue reading

Professional Grade Overclocking Delivers Measurable ROI

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At BOXX, we pride ourselves on solving problems for the professional market. We accomplish this by designing and engineering custom solutions that enable you to work faster, create more, and experience a real impact on your workflow, all while delivering serious ROI to your bottom line.

To that end, we employ several techniques to extract maximum performance and reliability from today’s technology. It begins with selecting components that deliver peak performance, not bottom-dollar commodity components built by the lowest bidder. These components deliver incremental performance, value, and longevity, paying for themselves through increased productivity and less down time. We then enclose these components in custom-designed, high-performance chassis engineered in-house and manufactured right here in Austin, TX.

Once we’ve integrated high quality components into a high performance chassis, there are numerous ways to push the performance envelope. One of these methods is overclocking. Overclocking helps push beyond the performance bottleneck present in most CAD programs like SolidWorks and Revit. To fully understand the value of overclocking, one must have basic knowledge of a CPU and how it impacts the overall performance profile of a workstation, which is also dependent upon the applications a professional runs.

Checkout the APEXX 2 and APEXX 4 workstations for more details.
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GeForce GTX Rendering Benchmarks and Comparisons

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Since a lot of you are asking about GPU rendering (and the NVIDIA GeForce cards have become so popular for rendering) we decided to compare the current high-end GeForce cards using a more realistic benchmark than the exterior car scenes which have become so commonplace.

When it comes to GPU rendering, it doesn’t get more real than Kevin Margo’s short film CONSTRUCT which was rendered on a BOXX GPU-dense workstation using V-Ray RT. Thanks to our friends at Chaos Group, we were able to get our hands on one of Kevin’s 3ds Max CONSTRUCT scene files for some testing. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using high-end GeForce GTX cards for final frame production rendering.


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Winter 2014 Workstation Hardware Guide

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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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Blinn’s Law and the paradox of increasing performance

Original post by Joe Pizzini

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Painters have their brushes, sculptors have their chisels and VFX artists have their powerful workstations. All trades rely on specialized tools to get the job done, but what happens when rapidly advancing technology is applied to the modern creative process? As a 3D artist, what are the advantages of upgrading and utilizing the latest processing power? One of the obvious answers would be that your renders will finish in less time. While this is certainly a key advantage, one could argue that it is just the low hanging fruit when deciding whether or not to upgrade your hardware.

Let’s think of a writer and the tools they use. Modern writers can churn out words, make edits, check spelling, and receive feedback at speeds that Shakespeare could only dream of. Does this mean that writing is easier today than it was 400 years ago? While it’s clear that the speed at which one can write is drastically faster today, it still takes about the same time to write a novel.

Herein lies the paradox. Why can’t a writer complete a novel in ten days given the advantage of modern computers? The answer is because technological advances in the writing process have presented an opportunity for more creative iterations. More plots to explore and characters to develop. Continue reading