What's in the BOXX?
For over 21 years, BOXX has been the leading innovator of high-performance workstations and rendering systems for VFX and animation studios, national television networks, leading architecture and engineering firms, professional sports, universities, and a host of other organizations. Our customers include names like Disney, PIXAR, HBO, FOX, NASA, URS, KPF, and many more. Yet, despite our stellar reputation, from those who don’t own a BOXX, we often receive comments like “Why do your computers cost so much?” or “It’s cheaper to build my own.” The latter comment may be true in the short term, but what about warranty, tech support, and the other advantages that make BOXX the gold standard of computer hardware? Benjamin Franklin said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” We couldn’t agree more. With BOXX, you really do get what you pay for. Read on.
For many years, computer enthusiasts have taken advantage of the headroom in a processor and employed numerous tricks to make the processor run at higher frequencies. This became an industry unto itself, also spawning various high-performance cooling solutions designed to keep the overclocked CPUs cool at these higher frequencies. CPU manufacturers like Intel and AMD initially turned a blind eye to this activity, focusing their attention on selling as many CPUs as possible to multi-national commodity builders. In turn, these big name computer manufacturers had no interest in building a PC with the right components to enable overclocking. Their focus was on mass producing systems that would run a CPU at its rated spec.
Eventually, Intel and AMD recognized the importance of this growing market and began offering customers the option to set the frequency. (You can determine if a CPU has an uncapped frequency if it has a “K” or “Extreme Edition” designation). This option allows BOXX to qualify the processor at a higher frequency and therefore, provide unparalleled performance. We then qualify the enterprise-class components needed (motherboards with the correct number of power phases, premium memory, power supplies that deliver clean and efficient power) and match it with state-of-the-art liquid cooling to keep the CPU within a thermal envelope, ensuring rock-solid reliability and longevity—all backed by a 3-yr warranty and legendary technical support.
BOXX has been shipping overclocked systems since 2008 and with thousands of systems in use throughout the world, we have not experienced a processor failure rate any different from that of standard processor systems. This is because we work closely with our partner Intel to ensure we stay within the parameters of safe overclocking, providing increased performance without applying significantly larger increases in voltage.
We hear a lot about components—as if all workstations are created equal based solely upon their components. The truth is, it doesn’t work that way. Our innovative integration of only enterprise class components, drives, and customized BIOS sets us apart from the mass market, one-size-fits-all workstation manufacturers, just as our unique engineering concepts (easily expandable, overclocking, liquid cooling, specially-tuned air cooling, and chassis design) demonstrate the difference between a professional workstation and a standard workstation. What does this mean for you? A system running at peak performance, a longer product life cycle, and no replacement costs.
Noted concept designer Daniel Simon (TRON:Legacy, Captain America: The First Avenger, Oblivion) refers to BOXX systems as “industrial, like a real piece of machinery— elegant, heavy-duty machinery.” In other words, you don’t buy a BOXX to send emails or play video games. You buy it to go to work.
In order to save on labor and materials, tier one commodity hardware manufacturers build their chassis overseas, relying on cheap plastic and OEM components. But at BOXX, our systems are “Made in the U.S.A.” and that declaration is more than a slogan. In the process of designing our chassis, our expert engineers, like many of our customers, rely on SOLIDWORKS, providing our Texas-based metal fabricators with precise 3D CAD models in order to produce the aircraft quality aluminum parts and steel strengthening components which define our state-of-the-art chassis.
Ever been stranded on a branch of the tech support phone tree—the overseas call center labyrinth used by commodity manufacturers to diagnose your computer issues? They have a script, but not a clue as to what it takes to run SOLIDWORKS, Revit, Maya, C4D, V-Ray, or any other professional application. If you rely on BOXX workstations and rendering systems, you’ll never miss a project deadline because you have a direct line to legendary BOXX Technical Support—experts who know your hardware, your software, and (in most cases) can resolve your issue over the phone. Based 100% in the U.S. and located at BOXX headquarters in Austin, Texas, our tech support has immediate access to the tools and resources necessary to support you and your specific workflow.
To speak to a living, breathing, human BOXX Technical Support professional, call 1-877-877-BOXX(2699) in the US or 1-512-835-0400 outside the US, for standard support Monday through Friday, 7am - 6pm CST.
Call one of the multi-national computer manufacturers and ask them about ray trace rendering or how many triangles per second you can push with their system or compositing 3ds Max rendering in Photoshop—but be prepared for the silence that follows. They simply lack the requisite knowledge and expertise you need. At BOXX, we don’t just build workstations and rendering systems—we solve problems. If you visit our website or call one of our Austin, Texas-based performance specialists, it’s because you’re facing workflow issues and need a solution. Our specialists (as well as our engineers, and legendary technical support) are the ultimate solution providers, because they not only know everything about BOXX hardware, they also have expert knowledge regarding the professional software applications you rely on and the optimal workflow for your business. When was the last time you called a toll free number and an actual expert picked up the phone? Call 1.877.877.BOXX.
Hopefully, this explanation has provided a clear understanding as to why a purpose-built BOXX solution may cost more than a similarly configured, commodity workstation. If you still need convincing, however, consider this: a study conducted by an industry-leading Fortune 500 engineering firm indicated that a BOXX workstation pays for itself in as little as 24 weeks and will generate $24,000 worth of savings in worker efficiency over five years. Even better, BOXX users, on average, can expect an ROI within ten weeks of their initial capital expense and over time, an ROI as high as ten times that amount.
And speaking of BOXX users (or BOXXers, as we refer to them), they rarely complain about price. Try BOXX for yourself and you’ll know why.