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BOXX's new S-class workstations overclocked up to 5.1GHz, support heavily threaded applications.

BOXX's new S-class workstations overclocked up to 5.1GHz, support heavily threaded applications.

The BOXX APEXX S3 workstation is the flagship model in the company’s new generation of S-class workstations for professional users of CAD, 3D modeling and animation applications. Image courtesy of BOXX Technologies.

BOXX Technologies has introduced its next generation APEXX S-class workstations—the APEXX S3, the APEXX Enigma S3 and the APEXX S1. These liquid-cooled systems run professionally overclocked 9th-Gen Intel Core i7 or 9th-Gen Intel Core i9 processors with speeds as high as 5.1GHz. The APEXX S3 and the APEXX Enigma S3 workstations can also support up to three professional-level GPUs (graphics processing units), depending on configuration options.

APEXX S-class workstations are tuned for CAD, 3D modeling, animation and similar workflows, BOXX says. All accommodate NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro Graphics GPUs and a variety of hard-disk and SSDs (solid-state drives) storage options. They run under Windows 10 and come with multiple front and rear connections for networking, displays and USB devices.

BOXX calls the APEXX S3 workstation the line's flagship model. The company says that the APEXX S3 is purpose-built for 3D design, CAD and motion media workflows that require best-in-class CPU frequencies for lightly threaded applications. The compact APEXX S3 can be configured with 9th generation, multi-core/multi-thread Intel Core i7 or i9 processors overclocked to sustain speeds of up to 5.1GHz across all cores. This enables support for more heavily threaded applications as well, BOXX explains.

The newest member of the S-class line, the APEXX Enigma S3 can also be configured with the overclocked 9th-generation multi-core/multi-thread Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i9 processors. It can support up to three professional-level NVIDIA or AMD Radeon Pro Graphics cards as well as 64GB of fast 2666MHz DDR4 (double data rate fourth-generation) memory. These capabilities, BOXX says, makes it suitable for workflows that include significant GPU rendering or GPU compute work.

BOXX says that its APEXX S1 is “the world’s smallest professional workstation.” Housed in a compact 4.70x8.60x9.13-in. (WxHxD; 11.94x21.84x23.19 cm) chassis, the APEXX S1 runs an eight-core Intel Core i7-9700K CPU overclocked for frequencies up to 4.9 GHz. Said to be capable of handling such applications as 3D content creation, CAD design and motion media, the APEXX S1 is intended for settings with limited desktop space or workflows where a graphics card is used primarily for display purposes, according to the company. Pricing for the APEXX S1 starts at $2,799.

A basic APEXX S3 configuration equipped with an eight-core/eight-thread Intel Core i7-9700K CPU running at 5.1GHz, 16GB DDR4 memory, 512GB of SSD storage and a 5GB NVIDIA P2000 graphics card costs $3,756. A similarly equipped base configuration APEXX Enigma S3 starts at $4,239. Both systems can be configured with an eight-core/16-thread Intel Core i9-9900K CPU for an additional $250.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.

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