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27 Apr 2020

When conversing with Jay White of White Engineering, the listener is immediately captivated by what he has to say, not only because the subject matter is fascinating, but also because White has a genuine knack for talking about it. A former NCAA skier at Oregon State, White graduated in engineering physics, then went to work in a Portland, Oregon sporting goods store. “It’s what everybody does when they get out of college after four years,” White deadpans. In actuality, it was a high end ski sho...

21 Apr 2020

SOLIDWORKS is currently beta testing a new engine. Historically, CAD application performance has relied entirely on the speed of a handful of high-frequency cores. However, like lots of professional software these days, SOLIDWORKS is being reworked to take better advantage of the latest GPUs. Therefore, now is a good time to compare performance of CPUs and GPUs across the current and upcoming engine, and demonstrate how a BOXX workstation is the best choice for your workflow.

These benchmarks pro...

14 Apr 2020

There are a number of things creative professionals should consider when choosing a new workstation. Among the most important is knowing you’re getting your money’s worth, both in the short-term and the long-term. To do that, you need to know exactly which hardware is best for the software you use, and to do that, you need to look at benchmarks. Today, I’ll be going through one workflow example and decide which BOXX system is the best fit.

Let’s say your current system could use an upgrade, and y...

7 Apr 2020

As GPU technology has advanced over the years, GPU rendering has become more advanced and popular due to its speed advantage over CPUs in visual rendering. In addition, a GPU rendering workstation is much more flexible and scalable than a CPU workstation, with many being able to fit two, four, or even eight GPUs. The main drawback to GPU rendering is the limited VRAM for each GPU. In the past, even the top GPUs had only 24 or 32GB of VRAM, compared to CPU rendering workstations that could easily...

2 Apr 2020

Trade shows are being cancelled. Sporting events are being suspended. Disney World is closed. We’re living in very strange times—but it’s not all bad news. Thanks to advancements in technology, the average person is better prepared to help solve the world’s biggest problems than ever before.

Enter Folding@home, a distributed computing project for disease research. Even though they’ve been around for twenty years, lately their popularity has soared, and for good reason. Their research touches many...

16 Mar 2020

Wireless technology has had a long and winding history. Starting with ALOHAnet in 1971, which connected the Great Hawaiian Islands; to the precursor to the 802.11 protocol developed in the Netherlands in the 1980s; to an Australian radio-astronomer who became “the father of Wi-Fi” after a failed experiment to detect exploding mini black holes. Over the past 50 years, we’ve come a long way. And as you may have already guessed, things are getting even better.

Officially known as 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 i...

9 Mar 2020

There’s a lot to keep up with technology-wise these days. It’s no surprise that the average person may not have the time to do a deep dive into every technological breakthrough, even if it’s something that could have a direct impact on their day-to-day workflow.

For instance, you may be aware of NVIDIA’s two most popular GPU product families: GeForce and Quadro. You may even know that GeForce cards are mostly designed for the general consumer space, while Quadro cards are meant for professional w...

24 Jan 2020

Released back in 2009, Windows 7 was one of the most popular operating systems ever. In fact, it is still being used by nearly a third of businesses today. However, that number is likely going to drop dramatically in the coming weeks—or at least, it definitely should.

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7. What does this mean, exactly? It means no more software updates, security fixes, or technical support. In the interest of not mincing words, for anyone still...

5 Nov 2019

Why Liquid Cooling is So Cool

In the tech world, the general consensus used to be that if you weren’t planning to overclock your processor, there was no need to use liquid cooling. These days, particularly in recognition of AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 series, the benefits of liquid cooling the CPU have become much broader, and apply to anyone looking for the simplest way to get the most out of their system.

This is due in part to AMD’s new frequency boosting algorithms. Without getting too into the weed...

19 Aug 2019

To illustrate the benefits of a BOXX overclocked workstation, take a look at a representative SOLIDWORKS user and the daily tasks he performs which are restricted by the clock speed of his CPU. For this example, let's say this user is running SOLIDWORKS on an Intel® Core™ i7 running at 3.7GHz (4.6GHz Turbo). This user needs to rebuild a model six times daily, which requires ten minutes per rebuild. This represents one hour of "wait time" daily using the single 3.7GHz CPU. A professionally overcl...

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