Boston are a company indistinguishable reputation within the I.T. Sector as the supplier of high-end workstations, render boxes and servers to system integrators and directly out to specialist companies of the 3D Industry et al. Around since 1992 and we first got to know them properly in 1994 so there is a bonded history between us all. Over the years Boston has strived to lead the way in providing the latest high performance power optimised technologies into the ISP, HPC, Enterprise and Broadcast marketplace with their award winning ranges of servers, storage solutions, specialised workstations and clustered solutions.
Boston’s growth over the years is quite enviable by others, with offices and supply routes around the world and future growth of the company is planned. The U.K. head office is currently under expansion of their current facilities which is an exceptional sign in these current economic climates. It offers as many bespoke builds, onsite support and a lab to which end-users can utilise to test and evaluate in their project builds ensure that they get the best output for their monies. Todays specialised workstations, servers and render boxes are extremely expensive and down time is ill afforded, therefore this is a good offering to current and future client’s.
Predominately over the years they have produced exceptional systems based around Supermicro solutions though in order for Boston to reach further into the more sophisticated marketplaces a major deal manufacturing deal was struck direct with BOXX a US Integrator of some of the most sophisticated overclocked 3D workstations in the world that give the Tier 1 builders a race for their monies. This lucrative deal therefore means that Boston now fully constructs the systems under licence from BOXX in the UK for direct supply into the UK, Europe and beyond.
When we got the call of “would you like to review a system” the answer was a swift yes as these systems from BOXX are quite something else. Therefore with the aid of Boston’s public relations department we look at the official line of their description of the BOXX 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme
The 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme Edition delivers amazing performance you won’t find anywhere else. Powered by the revolutionary technology of a dual six or quad core performance-enhanced, Intel® Xeon® 5600 processor (up to 4.2 GHz), the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme features the most powerful single processor, 4 GPU workstations ever designed.
Built for Speed. The 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme rivals the speed of our competitors’ standard dual processor workstations and are capable of reaching core speeds of up to 4.2 GHz with liquid cooling.
Run Multiple Applications. Designed to accommodate multi-threading, multiple applications, and complex production pipelines, the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme workstations deliver high-powered, multitasking performance for 3D and 2D design, animation, advanced visualization, desktop rendering, VFX compositing, video editing (compressed and uncompressed HD and DPX), and digital intermediate (DI).
Intel Xeon Processor Options. Choose from six core or quad core, standard or over clocked, Intel Xeon 5600 Series processor options essential for multiple, professional applications and complex workflows.
Turbo-Charged. The Intel Xeon 5520 chipset supports a 12 core system for up to 4.2 GHz, providing outstanding support for all professional creative applications.
Options The 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme is tested by BOXX labs for stability with professional software applications and feature:
· HyperThreading providing up to 8 virtual cores for multitasking with single-threaded applications
· Support for NVIDIA® Quadro Fermi®, Quadro FX®, GeForce®, Tesla® or ATI FirePro® and FireStream®
professional graphics cards
· 64-bit scalability, extra memory bandwidth and next generation PCI Express 2
· Chassis designed for quiet operation in creative environments
The 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme features a range of available performance level options delivering astounding dual processor power for professional software applications.
· Intel Xeon 5600 Series Six or Quad-Core Processors
· Up to 192 GB DDR3 memory based on 16GB technology
· Seven PCI-E x16 2.0 Single Width and Double Width GPU Slots
· Liquid Cooling
As a further important point of note. BOXX is a recognised hardware vendor under the Autodesk Media & Entertainment certification program. BOXX machines have been tested and certified by Autodesk to run at optimal performance on Autodesk products, including Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, Mudbox and Softimage.
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – System Build Pictures
Page 3- System Build and Software Used
Page 4 – System I/O Tests Part 1
Page 5 – System I/O Tests Part 2
Page 6 – Nvidia Quadro® 4000
Page 7 – Nvidia Quadro® 6000 SPECapc’ s and SPECviewperf 11
Page 8 – Nvidia Quadro® 6000 Additional Tests
Page 9 – Conclusions and Award