BOXX APEXX 2 24011 Apr, 2015 By: J.V. Bolkan
First Look Review: Powerfully configured workstation features service, support, and attention to detail that justify the price tag.
Even in the SPECViewperf 12 tests, where you'd expect the system to fall off a bit because it's built for non-threaded CAD (not visualization software), the APEXX 2 delivered strong scores, pulling 70.87 for catia-04, 57.27 for creo-01, 2.92 for energy-01, 57.82 for maya-04, 21.18 for medical-01, 37.66 for showcase-01, 64.29 for snx-02, and 108.16 for sw-03. With the exception of the snx-02 results, scores are strong and very competitive with a similarly configured Xeon-based system.
The APEXX 2 fell about 40% short in the snx-02 test. I originally ran the SPECViewperf tests using the driver configuration sent by BOXX. After finding and installing the most recent Quadro K4200 driver from NVIDIA — version 347.52 — scores jumped on some tests as much as 4% and remained mostly unchanged on others. The figures used in this review reflect the newer driver. Consider it a reminder to all of us to keep our drivers updated.
The BOXX APEXX 2 delivered strong scores for SPECViewperf 12, which focuses on graphics performance.
The Wrap Up
Raw benchmark results can be important indicators of performance, and BOXX Technologies has delivered an excellent performer for our tests, but the APEXX 2 2401 really shines when you look at the entire package. Excellent support and warranty policies combined with a system where every component seems well-chosen for one task — CAD — makes the relatively high price ($4,067 as tested) a good value. You can specify your own build, but why bother? BOXX has nailed this. Highly Recommended.