2015 Winter Hardware Guide

Configuring the ideal workstation for your specific workflow can be daunting task. That’s why our in-house performance specialists are ready to take your call, providing expert advice and consultation. But if you’re more comfortable browsing our website and determining for yourself which BOXX solution is right for you, we’ve prepared this helpful guide. Just fill out the form below to be redirected to your free guide.

Sample pages from our exclusive workstation hardware guide.

Sample pages from our exclusive workstation hardware guide.

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Overclocked Skylake Is Ready To Rock

Nearly a decade ago, Intel established a master plan for designing and launching new CPUs. Dubbed “Tick-Tock,” this method laid out a new cadence; new CPU architecture followed by die/fabrication shrinks with the process then repeating itself. The cadence allows Intel to test new fabrication technologies with a proven architecture (Tick,) and then introduce new architecture on a proven fabrication process (Tock).

This year has been interesting, however. Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of the new 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor technology (Core i7 6700K), code-named Skylake, on our popular APEXX 2 platform (dubbed the Model 2402), as well as the all-new APEXX 1 Model 1401. The older APEXX 2 Model 2401 was based on 4th generation Intel Core technology code-named “Haswell.” The Core i7 4790K was actually a refresh of the original, high-end, Haswell technology-based Core i7 4770K and was intended to be the leading desktop processor for professional grade quad-core systems. The 5th generation Intel Core technology that soon followed (code-named “Broadwell”) was a die shrink, or Tick, moving from 22nm to 14nm, but was not a product we offered, as it also focused more on bringing a higher level of integrated 3D horsepower to consumer systems and did not deliver any incremental top-end performance to professional users.

So, for those of you keeping score, BOXX has moved from a Tock to a Tock, skipping the Tick in between. Of course, this is an interesting bit of information for us hardware junkies, but it also explains why we never offered the 5th generation Intel Core technology—it just didn’t make sense for our professional customers.

Skylake, on the other hand, does provide our customers with the necessary architectural changes that deliver higher performance, so it bears explaining what those changes are and how they impact you.

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Lanmar Services – A BOXX Customer Story



Lanmar Services, an Austin, Texas-based architectural firm, specializes in scanning buildings and transforming those scans into 3D models for the world’s leading architectural and engineering firms. Their projects include One World Trade Center, The Sears Tower, The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, The Rose Bowl, and countless other sports stadiums. Continue reading