Thursday, March 14, 2013

UnBOXXing the 3DBOXX 4050 XTREME

Today I was rather excited as I had a SMALL present delivered, courtesy of BOXX Technology. HMC is taking a look at their desktop system called 3DBOXX 4050 XTREME.

The system specs we currently use for Revit workstations are Dell T3600 with single socket, quad core hyperthreaded Xeon chips running @ 3.6GHz, 16GB RAM @ 1600MHz, nVidia Quadro 4000 graphics card and a 7200RPM 500GB hard drive with transfer rates @ 6GB/s.

The 3DBOXX 4050 XTREME specs are Single socket, quad core hyperthreaded  i7 - water cooled & overclocked @ 4.75GHz, 16GB RAM @ 1600MHz, nVidia Quadro 600 graphics card and a 7200RPM 500GB hard drive with transfer rates @ 6GB/s (expanded spec sheet).

I plan to run some Revit Benchmark testing on it sometime over the next couple weeks and post back what the results are. I fully expect an unfair fight, but I am trying not to get too confident the 4050 will trounce the Dell. In the meantime, here are the unBOXXing photos I took. This has to be one of the cleanest packaging jobs I've seen in a while, both inside the cardboard as well as inside the 4050. Some of the guys didn't feel the design of the outside of the 4050 was elegant, but I've always been a function over form type of guy. For me, I like it - it looks rugged, no non-sense, no frills and what's under the hood is what counts.

Accessory boxx removed.
Accs. boxx - everything you need to expand the 4050, plus "the shirt".
The BOXX W4050XT sits in its unpackaged glory...
It's like a logo on a car almost...
Tons of ports, plenty of room to expand.
Sooo clean and simple - love it! HDD is on other side of panel behind motherboard.