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Workstations

There are a lot of players in the media workstation market vying for your business.

BOXX Technologies

BOXX Technologies (www.boxxtech.com) is unique in the market because it is virtually the only workstation manufacturer dedicated to the digital media market. The company focuses exclusively on visual computing, be it 3D/effects, CAD, or digital video. As such, BOXX is in a position that enables it to offer workstations that are fine tuned for those markets using the latest Intel or AMD processor technologies and graphics technologies. The company currently offers several workstations for the DCC market, including the BOXX 4400 series, 7400 series, 6200 series, 7300 series, and 3200 series at the entry level.

BOXX 4400 series
BOXX 4400 series
The 4400 series is built around Intel Pentium D dual core processors running at up to 3.2GHz, Pentium 4 CPUs with Hyperthreading technology, and Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 with dual core, HT, and EM64T technologies. A base configuration system is priced at $1,929 and includes a 2.8GHz Pentium D 820 CPU, 1GB DDR2 memory, 128MB ATI FireGL V3100 PCI Express graphics card, 80GB SATA hard disk drive, 16X DVD ROM, and Windows XP Professional. In addition the system ships with a pair of 1394a FireWire ports, RAID 0,1 0+1, and Realtek ALC850 ACí97 8-channel Audio CODEC.

BOXX 7400 series
BOXX 7400 series
The 7400 series is based on the AMD Opteron dual core processors. This system in its base configuration ($3983) ships with two AMD dual Opteron 265 dual core processors, 1GB DDR400 memory, 128MB ATI Fire GL V3100 graphics card (system can also support dual NVIDIA QuadroFX 3400 ($2027) as well as dual ATI FireGL V7100 ($1618) graphics options), 80GB SATA hard disk drive, 16X DVD-ROM, Windows XP Professional Edition SP2 (Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is a $4 option) keyboard and mouse, RAID 0,1 0+1, and Enhanced AC97 support.

The 6200 series, priced starting at $2337 is built around Intel XEON processors and  Intel E7525 chipset. The base system ships with a single Intel XEON DP GHz CPU with 800MHz front side bus, 1GB DDR2-400 ECC, 128MB ATI FireGL V3100 graphics card, 80GB SATA hard disk drive, 16X DVD-ROM, Windows XP Professional SP2, keyboard, mouse, two 1394a ports, RAID 0, 1 serial ATA, and ADI AD1980 6-channel Audio Codec.  

The 7300 series, is built around dual AMD Opteron processors. Priced starting at $2422 in its base configuration, the 7300 ships with AMD Dual Opteron 242 CPUs, 1GB DDR333 ECC, 128MB ATI FireGL V3100 graphics card, 80GB SATA hard disk drive, 16X DVD-ROM, Windows XP Professional SP2, keyboard, mouse, two 1394a ports, RAID 0, 1, or 0+1 support, and enhanced AC97 audio support.

The 3200 series runs on the AMD Athlon 64 CPU. In its base configuration starting at $1743, the 3200 ships with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 512MB DDR400 memory, 128MB ATI FireGL graphics card, 80GB SATA hard disk drive, 16X DVD-ROM, Windows XP Professional Edition SP2, two 1394a ports, RAID 0, 1, or 0+1 support, and Realtek ALC850 8 channel CODEC audio support. All BOXX systems ship with a three year warranty.


Dell

Dell (www.dell.com) has been the biggest volume PC manufacturer for many years. While it is known for its extremely efficient manufacturing prowess, it also makes workstations along the same lines of its PCs. Dell ships Intel only based systems,  forgoing the technology provided by AMD that can be found in Alienware, BOXX, HP, and IBM workstations, which all offer the choice of AMD or Intel-based systems in certain configurations.

Dell Precision 380XP
Dell Precision 380XP
The Dell Precision 380XP  Pro x64 system in its base configuration price of $1812 ships with an Intel Pentium 4 CPU 521 running at 2.8GHz, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 40GB SATA hard disk drive, 128MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400 PCI Express graphics card, 48X CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 1394a FireWire connector, keyboard, mouse, two piece speaker system, and Windows XP Professional. A high end configuration of the 380XP would with Intel dual core processors with the same configuration is priced at $3,013.

The Dell Precision 370 is a single processor entry level solution. A base system priced starting at $1077 is built around an Intel 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor with 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 40GB SATA hard disk drive, 48X CD-ROM drive, 64MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 PCI Express graphics, and Windows XP Professional . A high end Precision 370 with a 3.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with EM64T, 800MHz front side bus and 2MB L2 cache, 4GB DDR2 SDRAM memory, dual 500GB SATA hard disk drives, 16X DVD+-/RW DVD drive, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 PCI Express graphics with 512MB RAM is priced at approximately $4735.

Dell Precision 670
Dell Precision 670
The Dell Precision 670 runs on single or dual Intel XEON processors running from 3Ghz up to 3.6GHz in 2MB L2 cache configurations as well as 2.8, 3, to 3.2GHz CPUs with 1MB L2 cache. Prices start at $1656 for a base system running an Intel Xeon CPU running at 2.8GHz with 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 40GB SATA hard disk drive, 64MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 PCI Express graphics, 48 CD-ROM drive, keyboard, and mouse. A high end system configured with dual Intel Xeon processors running at 3.6GHz, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB SATA hard disk drive with DataBurst RAID technology, 512MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 PCI Express graphics, 16X DVD+-/RW drive, Sound blaster Audigy 2 with Dolby Digital 5.1 and IEEE 1394, is priced at $6477.  Dell offers three year warranties on its workstations. For a review of the Dell Precision 380 Dual Core machine, click here .  

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