1 Apr, 2015 By: J.V. Bolkan

First Look Review: Powerfully configured workstation features service, support, and attention to detail that justify the price tag.

There is no secondary hard drive behind that solid-state primary. For the price, I think that there should be, but basic storage is cheap and easily added. Anchoring the case is a 550-watt Seasonic power supply that should be more than adequate to handle everything you might want to add to the system.

Extra Room

Even though the APEXX 2 case is a compact mini-tower (16.6" x 6.85" x 16.6"), it does provide moderate expansion capabilities. There is room for a couple of 2.5" internal drives and three additional 3.5" drives (for a total of four). Although you won't need it for the system's intended uses, you can add a second PCIe x16 graphics card and there are open PCIe 16 (x4 electrical) and PCIe x1 slots. You can also add another 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, for a total of 32 GB.

The motherboard and case include a generous 12 USB ports: six USB 2.0 and six 3.0. The Asus Gryphon Z97 motherboard also includes a pretty decent Realtek ALC892 integrated sound card and 10/100/1000 Ethernet. If you like to make adjustments and tweak settings, the Gryphon BIOS can be a vast playground.

The system comes set to overclock up to 4.5 GHz — pushing beyond that will invalidate your warranty, and you don't want to do that! BOXX offers an excellent 3-year parts and labor warranty as well as on-site repair for the first year. New parts can be shipped within 24 hours, and the support desk is always available. You can even return the system in the first 30 days (there is a re-stocking fee of 15% of purchase price).

How Did It Do?

The APEXX 2 is an extremely well-balanced machine, as evidenced by our C2015 overall index score of 773. The system did well in every aspect, turning in a strong 1,882 in the 3D and 526 in the 2D drawing tests. The SSD hard drive really smoked the disk tests with a 358 score, and the CPU score of 325 is on par with what you'd expect from a Xeon CPU.

The BOXX APEXX 2 performed well on our Cadalyst C2015 benchmark, especially in 3D use.
The BOXX APEXX 2 performed well on our Cadalyst C2015 benchmark, especially in 3D use.

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