As an Autodesk partner, BOXX has exhibited at Autodesk University for many years. We find this to be a terrific event, and this year was no exception. Autodesk claims that this 26th AU was a record year with over 11,000 registrants, and we are inclined to agree since plenty of those attendees visited our newly-designed booth.
While BOXX is 22 years old and started out exclusively providing hardware solutions to media & entertainment, we’ve been serving all three Autodesk market segments for over a decade. We proudly proclaimed “Built for Autodesk” in our booth signage because no other hardware provider offers the breadth of solutions that meet the diverse needs of Autodesk users. And we had many of them on display at AU18, including a look to the future.
Why do architecture and engineering professionals turn to BOXX? Because our APEXX S3 is the perfect workstation for lightly threaded (i.e. uses only 1-2 cores) applications like Revit, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D. With our new S3, featuring an eight core, 9th generation Intel® Core™ i7 overclocked to 5.1 GHz, architects and engineers will experience greater productivity thanks to an accelerated workflow. We also showcased our new APEXX Enigma S3 with two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPUs. For those who rely on GPU rendering, Enigma S3 is ideal since its dual GPU configuration provides more PCIe lanes to deliver faster performance. We’ve all seen that RTX is a significant step forward in photorealism, so we’re happy to be shipping RTX 5000 and 6000 GPUs this month. And soon, we’ll offer the more affordable RTX 4000 announced at AU by NVIDIA.
Some Autodesk applications utilize multiple processing cores, and with our AMD partnership, we’re the leading provider of systems equipped with the Ryzen Threadripper, which in its 2nd generation, offers up to 32 cores (64 threads). At AU, we showcased our APEXX T3 running Maya and V-Ray with lightning fast GPU rendering. Joe Pizzini, AMD Technical Marketing Manager for workstation compute business, was on hand to present Threadripper as a compelling and affordable CPU alternative.
Each year brings increased interest in our mobile workstations, and this year, visitors were drawn to the GoBOXX SLM encased in a new, sleek, silver chassis. Featuring a professional grade configuration, SLM is perfect for Autodesk users (including those producing or running VR) who need to take their work on the road. There was also tremendous interest in our powerful desktop replacement, GoBOXX MXL. With a desktop-class Intel Core i7 and 17” full HD 7” screen, MXL is ideal for creative power users.
BOXX is renowned for our overclocking expertise, so we were excited to preview our upcoming APEXX Neutrino. This system is a look forward to 2019 when we’ll offer a larger chassis to accommodate bigger, professionally overclocked processors. For example, our AU Neutrino model featured a Threadripper processor overclocked from 3.6 GHz to 3.9 GHz. More unique, however, is Neutrino’s dual cooling solution. To go along with our closed loop cooling for the CPU, the system will include an open loop cooling system designed to cool the GPUs. This will allow us to overclock the GPUs which will further benefit Autodesk users who increasingly rely on GPU-centric tasks.
In his opening keynote entitled “The Opportunity of Better", Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost discussed the trend towards automation, and how it “gives us the opportunity to create more meaningful things and to create more meaningful work.” At BOXX, you don’t need to wait for automation for these outcomes. We’re providing it now.