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APEXX 2 Review - Desktop Engineering

The BOXX APEXX 2 delivers incredible performance, making it perfect for CAD and 3D modeling applications.

We have come to expect great performance from every BOXX workstation and once again the BOXX APEXX 2 2401 lived up to our expectations. On the SPECviewperf tests, which focus solely on graphics performance, the APEXX 2 surpassed the performance of every other single-socket workstation we have ever tested on all but two of the Viewperf 12 datasets.

On the SPECapc SolidWorks benchmark, which actually runs SolidWorks 2013 and provides results more representative of actual CAD performance, the BOXX APEXX 2 out-performed all other systems equipped with a single CPU on all of the tests with the exception of the CPU composite.

On the AutoCAD rendering test, which clearly shows the advantages of fast CPUs with multiple cores, the BOXX APEXX 2 completed the test rendering in an average of 41.88 seconds, just 3.63 seconds slower than the current single-socket record holder, a system with the equivalent of 16 CPU cores compared to just eight in the BOXX workstation.

We also ran the SPECwpc workstation performance benchmark. Having now run this analysis on a total of eight systems, we are beginning to make more sense of the results obtained from this extensive assessment. The BOXX APEXX 2 scored at or near the top in most of the tests.