View Full Version : thoughts on 3DBOXX S5i

03 March 2003, 05:14 PM
I know boxx are sponsors but are there any users out there of this specific system?
Im still looking for a dual system and Its gotten so darn difficult to know if you got all the right parts(memory,cpu,chipset, heatproblems, fans, power supply, software hardware) acting together in a stable or an unstable system.
You hear bad reports about systems that craches and are unstable all the time. And sometimes the company itself cannot tell you what the problem is.
so anyone? any objective reports on thoughts on 3DBOXX S5i?

03 March 2003, 06:37 PM
I got one right here.

Its faster and quieter then the dell, and hasn't crashed once in about 3 weeks worth of constant benchmarking. Actually it hasn't crashed yet..period.

Its also insanely fast in both apps...and games :).

03 March 2003, 07:22 PM
thanks greg!, I better check your benchmarks out before I go to cgtalk. All the answers seems to be there. !!

03 March 2003, 08:26 PM
Greg, what's their motherboard?

03 March 2003, 07:39 AM
Whats whose motherboard? The boxx?

The boxx is using the X5DAE Supermicro.

I believe the Dell was using a modified Intel board. (Dell specific)

03 March 2003, 09:58 PM
Thanks Greg. Yes I meant the Boxx motherboard.

03 March 2003, 12:18 AM

They also sell the SCSI variant of the same board. I'm not sure, but they could also be looking at the lower cost unbuffered boards. I can't confirm that, just guessing that they might in the future.

03 March 2003, 02:11 AM
Boxx is kind of scalping the components lately though.
I spec'd a box out for a friend and it was about 1200 dollars more than just buying the components.

example: charging $300 for 512MB DIMMs (when you can buy corsair 1GB PC2100 ECC R DIMMs for $296) and they charge about $500 for an AthlonMP 2600+ Proc, when they go for about $280 in a retail box...

I think the same goes for the xeon, charging around $800 for a proc that would cost you $400 online.

I spec'd out a dual athlon box for a my friend with Dual 2600 AMDs, 2GB corsair with room for 2 more, 36.7 15k.3 scsi hd, tyan k7x pro, quadro FX 1000, 180GB WD 8MB, pioneer DVD-R/CD-R. enermax 500w psu, and an antec case for around $3600.

A similar system, with quadro 4 980 instead of FX, no scsi drive, no DVD-R, and 4 512MB DIMMs priced out to about $4500.

Looks like their prices have gone up to me.

I bought 4 systems from them last year and got a great deal, it was about the same or cheaper than buying components at the time.

03 March 2003, 03:36 AM
I agree. Something has happened over the last year. Their prices are kind of insane right now.

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