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Workstations don’t come more ‘professional’ than the 36-core Boxx Apexx 5

A true pioneer and trend-setter of the high-performance computing industry for years now, Texas-based Boxx Technologies has outdone itself, taking the wraps off a customizable tower PC with the muscle of a supercomputer.

Granted, the Apexx 5 is no match for China’s 33.86 petaflops-cranking Tianhe-2. But with up to 20 teraflops of single-precision floating point velocity, it shames most of its workstation rivals.

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You have the choice of how far you’re willing (and can afford) to go in your quest for otherworldly horsepower. The standard configuration contains two “modest” six-core Intel Xeon E5-2603v3 processors capable of 1.6GHz clock speeds, a single dedicated viewport Nvidia Quadro K5200 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, an additional 32GB memory, and 240GB Intel 730 Extreme Performance SSD.

CPU options cap off at a redonkulous pair of 18-core 2.3GHz Xeon E5-2699v3 totaling 36 cores of outrageous 3D mechanical design, engineering simulation, animation, and image rendering skill. With no Hyper-Threading.

In the graphics department, the fittingly named Apexx 5 supports four extra Nvidia Quadro K6000 video cards alongside the “basic” K5200 model. A whopping 16 DDR4 modules tipping the scales at 16 gigabytes each can be combined for a grand total of 256GB, and the highest-end config also features eight, yes, eight full-sized hard drives or 16 SSDs.

Whether you pick the “humblest” Boxx Apexx 5 variant, the supercomputer-contending top model, or something in between, you’ll get a bunch of other professional workstation-specific goodies, including enterprise class liquid cooling for a cool, quiet, reliable system. Other features include a couple of Gigabit Ethernet ports, nine USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectors, and a massive 1,250 watt power supply.

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It goes without saying this beast of a workstation is slightly pricier than your typical gaming-ready desktop. It starts at a little over $10,000, and the optional K6000 GPU quartet alone adds over $25,000 on top of that.

Throw in the fastest Xeons available, up the RAM ante to 128GB, and “settle” for two 800GB SSDs, and you’ll need to pay a small fortune – about $55,000. So, what’ll it be – a new BMW, or a new PC?