Today BOXX Technologies introduced the redesigned APEXX 5, the “world’s most advanced professional workstation.” Built to accommodate demanding engineering, architectural, VFX, and animation workflows, the newly upgraded and highly configurable APEXX 5 is designed to maximize I/O expandability with up to 5 dual-width GPUs with a sync card, a single-width GPU, or any combination of seven, full-length expansion cards while reaching new levels of rendering and simulation performance.
In many cases, architects, engineers, or visualization professionals have very specific workflow issues that can only be solved with the ultimate hardware, said Chris Morley, BOXX Sr. Product Marketing Manager. “The redesigned APEXX 5 delivers maximum performance and a whole new level of I/O expandability not found in any other workstation.”
The liquid-cooled APEXX 5 can be custom-configured with a multitude of expansion cards, hard drives, memory, and CPU cores. Featuring dual Intel Xeon 2600v3 processors for up to 36 cores (72 threads) and the most full-length expansion slots of any professional workstation, the previous APEXX 5 model featured simultaneous utilizations of four full x16 PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots, (1) PCI-E 2.0 x8 (x4 electrical), (1) PCI-E 3.0 x16 (x8 electrical), (1) PCI-E x8 (x8 electrical), along with eight full-size hard drives. The new 2016 model goes a step further by elevating three expansion slots and adding risers so APEXX 5 now accommodates a fifth full-length, dual-width GPU, and a sixth, single-slot, full-length GPU, or any other full-length single-width PCI express expansion card.
Another addition to the 2016 APEXX 5 is a hot swap drive cage which accommodates up to eight 2.5 inch drives, while internally, the system houses up to five 3.5 inch drives or twelve 2.5 inch drives. APEXX 5 is ideal for GPU rendering in V-Ray RT, NVIDIA Iray, Octane Render, or CATIA Live Rendering or with simulation software like ANSYS, ANSYS Fluent, FluiDyna, and SIMULIA.
The redesigned APEXX 5 addresses a specific market segment,” says Morley. “But as a solution provider, that’s a key element of the BOXX mission—providing the power and performance that creative professionals and organizations need and can’t get from other workstation providers.”