Boxx showcases its line of media & entertainment workstations at NAB

Side, desktop, rack, and cloud, they have a workstation for it all.

Jon Peddie

At the 2024 NAB, Boxx showcased its media and entertainment workstations lineup, highlighting the Apexx S3 and Apexx T4 as the world’s fastest deskside workstations for VFX, animation, and film editing. Additionally, the Raxx T3 Pro, featuring AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors, is designed for deployment in data centers and mobile racks, catering to film editing, virtual reality, and broadcast workflows.

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Boxx showed most of its media and entertainment workstation lineup at NAB 2024, along with demonstrations of the Apexx S3 and Apexx T4, which Boxx says are the world’s fastest deskside workstations purpose-built for VFX, animation, compositing, film editing, and other workflows.

The Apexx S3 workstation features a 24-core Intel Core i9 14th Gen processor, overclocked up to 6.1 GHz, alongside advanced liquid cooling, 192GB of memory, and up to two Nvidia RTX 5000 Ada-generation GPUs. Supporting DDR5 and Thunderbolt 4, it offers versatile connectivity and memory configuration control tailored for applications like Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya, Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Maxon’s Cinema 4D, and Chaos’ V-Ray.

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Boxx’s family of workstations. (Source: Boxx)

Meanwhile, the Apexx T4, Boxx’s Threadripper 7000 series-based workstation, optimizes every phase of video content with up to 64 processing cores and a boost clock of 5.3 GHz. This “optimal compositing solution” accommodates up to four professional-grade AMD Radeon Pro or Nvidia RTX GPUs and 2TB of memory. Rack-mountable and Avid-qualified, the Apexx T4 enables efficient multitasking with various applications, including those from Avid, as well as 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, and rendering engines like V-Ray and Blender.

“Boxx deskside and rack-mounted M&E workstations are specifically designed to increase productivity,” said Tim Lawrence, Boxx founder and VP of engineering. “Powered by the latest state-of-the-art technology, our systems deliver breakthrough performance for media content creation, including AI-assist features, 3D modeling, rendering, postproduction, live broadcast, virtual production, and more.”

Boasting up to 96 cores, the Apexx T4 Pro delivers compute capability rivaling competing dual-socket systems for tasks like rendering, simulation, and AI training. Equipped with up to four professional-grade GPUs, various hard drive options, up to 2TB of system memory, IPMI for remote system management, and advanced liquid cooling, this Boxx workstation optimizes performance across the board. Highly adaptable, the Apexx T4 Pro excels in applications such as 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and NukeX, and render engines like V-Ray, Blender, Epic’s Unreal Engine, Otoy’s Octane Render, and Maxon’s Redshift.

And Boxx introduced the Raxx T3 Pro, featuring AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7000 WX-series processors, designed for deployment in data centers, mobile racks, or OB trucks. With generous memory capacity and support for up to four GPUs, this rack-mounted platform serves as the ultimate production workhorse, tailored to handle film editing, virtual reality, broadcast, and other intricate production workflows.

Also being showcased is the Flexx data center platform, which consolidates multiple workstations into high-density modules suitable for on-premise or remote installations.

Boxx’s Flexx rack consolidation of workstations. (Source: Boxx)

Flexx is specifically designed to enhance 3D content creation and motion media workflows. Boxx also presents two rack-mounted workstation platforms, Raxx P1G, and Raxx P2G, featuring AMD Epyc 7003-series processors. The Raxx P1G, known as the slender render solution, supports up to four GPUs and is ideal for multitasking in feature-film editing, VR, and various production workflows. Meanwhile, the broadcast-in-a-Boxx Raxx P2G accommodates up to five dual-slot GPUs and is tailor-made for powering video display walls, broadcast production, and demanding rendering tasks.

Boxx provides systems for major motion-picture studios, television networks, postproduction facilities, content streaming services, and independent creators. “No hardware manufacturer understands 3D design and motion media workflows better than Boxx,” said Lawrence.