Sponsored News: BOXX vs. Apple: Battle of the Benchmarks
October 23, 2017

Sponsored News: BOXX vs. Apple: Battle of the Benchmarks

In a recent head-to-head benchmark video shootout, Thunder Powered Solutions' Allan Barnwell put the BOXX APEXX 4 against Apple’s Mac Pro using Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Cinema 4D. Barnwell was joined by colorist and DI editor Parke Gregg from Stuck On On, an award-winning audio and visual finishing house (Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some).

In a recent head-to-head benchmark video shootout, Thunder Powered Solutions' Allan Barnwell put the BOXX APEXX 4 against Apple’s Mac Pro using Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Cinema 4D.  Barnwell was joined by colorist and DI editor Parke Gregg from Stuck On On, an award-winning audio and visual finishing house ( Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some).

The highlights:

Adobe Photoshop Blur Test

No matter what you’re doing in CG or video, chances are, at one time or another, you still rely on Photoshop. As Barnwell admits in the video, this isn’t the sexiest test, but it is a good indicator of a workstation performance when creating practical visual effects. The Mac Pro produced a progress bar, but with BOXX, completion was practically instantaneous.

Mac Pro: 10.2 seconds

BOXX:  5.9 seconds  

DaVinci Resolve Standard Candle Benchmark

This test consists of four levels of blur nodes. With the first three levels, the BOXX ran at the full frame rate. As for the Mac, only the first level (9 blur nodes) ran at the full 24 frames per second.

9 blur nodes:

Mac Pro: 24 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

18 blur nodes:

Mac Pro: 12 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

30 blur nodes:

Mac Pro:  7 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

Cinebench R15 

Open GL Test:

The BOXX frames per second rate was nearly twice that of the Mac, since the custom-designed BOXX chassis can house up to four professional graphics cards. 

CPU Test:

This test was also a hands down winner for BOXX since the APEXX 4 features a new, ten-core Intel® Core™ i9 X-series processor (4.3 GHz), while the Mac relies on a 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon®. 

Watch the full video here.In a recent head-to-head benchmark video shootout, Thunder Powered Solutions' Allan Barnwell put the BOXX APEXX 4 against Apple’s Mac Pro using Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Cinema 4D.   Barnwell was joined by colorist and DI editor Parke Gregg from Stuck On On, an award-winning audio and visual finishing house ( Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some).  

The highlights:

Adobe Photoshop Blur Test

No matter what you’re doing in CG or video, chances are, at one time or another, you still rely on Photoshop. As Barnwell admits in the video, this isn’t the sexiest test, but it is a good indicator of a workstation performance when creating practical visual effects. The Mac Pro produced a progress bar, but with BOXX, completion was practically instantaneous.

Mac Pro: 10.2 seconds

BOXX:  5.9 seconds  

DaVinci Resolve Standard Candle Benchmark

This test consists of four levels of blur nodes. With the first three levels, the BOXX ran at the full frame rate. As for the Mac, only the first level (9 blur nodes) ran at the full 24 frames per second.

9 blur nodes:

Mac Pro: 24 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

18 blur nodes:

Mac Pro: 12 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

30 blur nodes:

Mac Pro:  7 frames per second

BOXX:    24 frames per second

Cinebench R15 

Open GL Test:

The BOXX frames per second rate was nearly twice that of the Mac, since the custom-designed BOXX chassis can house up to four professional graphics cards. 

CPU Test:

This test was also a hands down winner for BOXX since the APEXX 4 features a new, ten-core Intel® Core™ i9 X-series processor (4.3 GHz), while the Mac relies on a 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon®. 

Watch the full video here.