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BOXX 'World's Fastest Single-CPU Workstation'

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In conjunction with SIGRAPH 2010, workstation vendor BOXX technologies has announce d the availability of their new 3dBOXX 4880 Xtreme, what it is billing as the “Worlds Fastest Single-processor Workstation” -- configured with “Enhanced Performance.”

The machine is a configurable in either a Six-core or Quad-core Intel Core i7-based system using liquid cooling and overclocked at speeds up to 4.15GHz. It has seven PCI-E x16 slots on its Intel x58-based motherboard and can take up to four dual-slot or seven single-slot graphics cards. Judging by the sheer number of GPU-based computing options seen at SIGGRAPH this year it is definitely understandable why you might need an SLI setup in a workstation.

So essentially what BOXX is bringing out is an overclocked system that uses workstation graphics instead of consumer cards. A system that, according to its specifications, has a 1200 watt power supply.

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    7amood , July 28, 2010 8:54 PM
    where are the HDDs... i don't see them...
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    borisof007 , July 28, 2010 9:04 PM
    Idk why, but 1200 watts doesn't seem enough for an extreme OC'd i7 with 4 video cards.
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    polly the parrot , July 28, 2010 8:46 PM
    I'd rather have the Maximum PC Dream Machine 2010. Have you seen that beast? Except I would've done the 48GB of RAM, for overkill's sake.
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    7amood , July 28, 2010 8:54 PM
    where are the HDDs... i don't see them...
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    mavroxur , July 28, 2010 8:56 PM
    Would be nicer if it were in a good case. Where's the hard drive bays? Lying flat against the front cover? It's not really a high end workstation if it only holds two hdd's.
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    Marco925 , July 28, 2010 8:57 PM
    It looks kinda like a dell machine on the outside.
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    hellwig , July 28, 2010 9:03 PM
    Has NVidia demonstrated scalability to that level with its workstation graphics cards? I know they're doing their whole GPGPU thing, and not rendering video games, but can their CUDA technology handle that? I just want to know if this is something practical, or more just "hah, look what we did".
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 28, 2010 9:03 PM
    Who cares how it looks? Since when does appearance affect a computer's performance?

    It's a workstation. Not your average home PC.

    Stop acting like Mike Holmes from holmes on homes is gonna come by your pc and give you a thumbs up for having a fashionista-like case.
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    borisof007 , July 28, 2010 9:04 PM
    Idk why, but 1200 watts doesn't seem enough for an extreme OC'd i7 with 4 video cards.
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    joytech22 , July 28, 2010 9:09 PM
    hellwigHas NVidia demonstrated scalability to that level with its workstation graphics cards? I know they're doing their whole GPGPU thing, and not rendering video games, but can their CUDA technology handle that? I just want to know if this is something practical, or more just "hah, look what we did".



    Well it definitely helps with Video rendering and simulations, or for some applications raytracing.
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    cadder , July 28, 2010 9:32 PM
    You can see 4 video cards and 6 sticks of ram, and it looks like the radiator is in the front of the case. No sign of where hard drives would be, although anybody buying a serious workstation is probably running on a network for storage, so maybe all they need is a boot drive.
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    nevertell , July 28, 2010 9:33 PM
    Maybe I am wrong, but once, some "I know everything about everything guy", who actually is pretty educated, told me that cuda doesn't use sli, but it uses some other way of linking the gpus together and that it scales better than sli AND it works with pretty much as many cards as you can plug in the motherboard.
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    tjaxank , July 28, 2010 9:42 PM
    You can see 1 or 2 sata cables starting from the lower part of the mobo (at least one, not sure bout the other) and they must go to the top of the case where the optical drive is, there must be an SSD drive at the top, under the DVD/optical drive, but yeah It'd deserve atleast 2 SSDs in RAID 0 :p 
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    Hovaucf , July 28, 2010 9:48 PM
    how is it possible, Boxx's pricing makes Apple look like the eee pc in pricing.
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    bystander , July 28, 2010 10:09 PM
    mavroxurWhere's the hard drive bays? Lying flat against the front cover? It's not really a high end workstation if it only holds two hdd's.


    I don't think that's the hdd's. It appears to be a radiator up against what appears to be fans. Maybe the HDD's are in a seperate box?
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    danwat1234 , July 28, 2010 10:17 PM
    This is not a 'Single-CPU Workstation', its a 'quad-CPU Workstation' or 'hexa-CPU Workstation'.
    Just because it is one CPU package != one CPU.
    Lol I'm 24 and I feel old.
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    noodlegts , July 28, 2010 10:23 PM
    This is going to get HOT.

    There's hardly any ventilation in that case at all. Coulnd't they at least use like a CM690 or something?
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    warezme , July 28, 2010 10:40 PM
    borisof007Idk why, but 1200 watts doesn't seem enough for an extreme OC'd i7 with 4 video cards.

    4.17Ghz is not an extreme overclock and can be achieved with air often not even requiring a voltage jump. The 1200watts I would gather are more for 4 video card.
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    kezix_69 , July 28, 2010 10:48 PM
    Power supply on the top of the case = FAIL imo... better to have it at the bottom and have a big fan at that top corner....

    Unless all the video cards were water cooled too then I guess it really doesn't matter, but it doesn't look like they are.

    I think they could've picked a WAAAYY better case than that....
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    fatkid35 , July 28, 2010 10:55 PM
    "wolrd fastest"? where's the proof. some numbers maybe? i could say i have the worlds biggest ding dong, but i gotta whip it out and measure it to prove it. lets see some numbers for the extreme E peen!
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    mlopinto2k1 , July 28, 2010 11:28 PM
    The new mac pro is better.
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