Definitive guide using the industries most established benchmarks

With 3D being ever more part of the post production process, Strongbox Computers Ltd has released two unbeatable computers, each with specific strengths which in comparison tests came out tops time and time again.

Why do you need a faster workstation? Faster processing means quicker renders so you can concentrate on creativity rather than looking at progress bars.

How much time is lost waiting for renders, if your machine was twice as fast how much time would you save or how much time would you now have available to work on more or larger projects.

Strongbox have spent years developing machines optimised for post production workflows, based on real life experiences.

There are many contenders in the industry each claiming they build the fastest workstations but Strongbox have gone the extra mile and tested their machines against the market leaders to prove that their machines are the fastest in production.

Ask yourself, why do manufacturers not post benchmark results? Go to any of their sites and have a look. Strongbox workstations are the only workstations that show you exactly how fast their workstations are.

We tested the Strongbox I7X, the Strongbox DX 20 core and the HPZ 640. We have also by proxy tested the Boxx Apex 20 core, Boxx 7402, HP Z840 20 core and HP Z840 36 core computers.

But where is the Mac Pro we hear you say? The tests we have used are specifically for professional work flows and unfortunately the Apple Mac Pro is so far behind in most of the tests that we have omitted it from the competition.

This is because many of the tests do not run on the Apple OS and it came last in the majority of the tests it did run. We have however included the Mac Pro on any tests that were applicable.

We have laid out the following tests and a brief explanation as to what the tests actually mean in real world working application.

We have excluded the RAM on this test as there is no perceivable difference in performance.

Passmark Rating

The first test carried out is a general pass mark test, the higher the mark the better the overall performance. These ratings take into account all aspects of the computer. CPU, 2D & 3D performance, RAM & of course Storage speed.

The Strongbox workstations triumph over all the others, significantly outperforming the HPZ640, a 12 core machine. However they are also score up to 30% more than the HP Z840 and 36 core machines.

Strongbox I7X | 8 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 7137
BOXX 7402 | 8 Core | 64GB RAM | Quadro K5200
result: 6660
Strongbox DX2687 | 20 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 6117
BOXX APEXX 4 | 20 Core | 128GB RAM | Quadro K5200
result: 5703
HP Z840 | 36 Core | 128GB RAM | Quadro K5200
result: 4972
HP Z840 | 20 Core | 64GB RAM | Quadro K5200
result: 4972
HP Z840 | 12 Core | 32GB RAM | Quadro K5200
result: 3028

HEAVEN

We also ran Heaven, an OpenGL benchmark test, ideal for Maya and 3DS users. Heavens current version 4.0 is a GPU intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions. This is also a great test to check the cooling system’s potential under maximum load and heat output. It provides completely unbiased results and generates true in-game rendering workloads across all platforms, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

This was a close call between the SB i7 and the SB DX2687 with the DX2687 just over 100 points in the lead but both computers are at least 100% faster than the HP Z640.

The AMD FirePro D500 scored abysmally with minimum FPS at 12.7. We cannot understand how anyone that uses Maya can use the 12 core Mac Pro in a serious environment. Display UI would be crippled in anything but a simple scene and where real time playback of animation is a must, forget it.

We also ran the Strongbox DX2687 with 3 cards in SLI and achieved a whopping score. Check back here soon to find out how we got on.

Strongbox DX2687 | 20 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 3122
Strongbox I7X | 8 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 1740
HP Z640 | 12 Core | 64GB RAM | Quadro K4200
result: 1258
MAC PRO 2015 | 6 Core | 32GB RAM | AMD FirePro
result: 955

But how does the Quadro K4200 card perform in the Strongbox I7X? A 27.6% speed increase. We reckon our Strongbox labs experts could break the 30% mark.

When you spend money on a computer component you want to know that you will be getting every bit of performance your money has paid for. Strongbox does this and then gives you more.

This was a close call between the SB I7X and the SBDX2687editor

Cinebench R15 – CPU test

Maxon’s C4D has been a serious contender in the 3D arena and is the tool of choice for many 3D artists. Maxon have created their own benchmark test using C4D. This takes full advantage of the multi-threaded capabilities of multi-core processing and again the results for Strongbox are astounding.

Cinebench tests multi threaded CPU and OpenGL

Strongbox DX2687 | 20 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 3122
Strongbox I7X | 8 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 1740
HP Z640 | 12 Core | 64GB RAM | Quadro K4200
result: 1258
MAC PRO 2015 | 6 Core | 32GB RAM | AMD FirePro
result: 955

In the CPU test you’d expect the HP with it’s Dual 6 core Xeon’s to beat the i7, but the 8 cores of the i7 are at least 30% faster. The 20 core DX2687 is the clear winner however the Apple did stand its ground as a single 6 core Xeon against the HPZ these results indicate that the Dual Xeon Mac Pro would still find it difficult to compete against the Strongbox I7X

Cinebench R15 – GPU test

The I7X as expected leads the table. As discussed above, the single core machines work better with one card due to PCIE lane limitations that is unless you have a Strongbox I7X. The benefit of dual Xeon machines come into play when you have more than one GPU, depending on the program you use.

Again both the Strongbox computers are at least twice as fast as the nearest competitor’s workstation.

Strongbox I7X | 8 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 182 FPS
Strongbox DX2687 | 20 Core | 64GB RAM | Titan Black
result: 164 FPS
HP Z640 | 12 Core | 64GB RAM | Quadro K4200
result: 72 FPS
MAC PRO 2015 | 6 Core | 32GB RAM | AMD FirePro
result: 68 FPS
In the CPU test you’d expect the HP with it’s Dual 6 core Xeon’s to beat the i7tester

Summary: Strongbox is the clear winner

In every performance test Strongbox has come out as a clear winner. It is a faster, better built machine that beats the competition.

APPLE
The Apple Mac Pro only appears in a few tests as the professional benchmark software that we have used do not work on the Apple OS. As a prosumer computer for light tasks the Apple Mac Pro will work well as a design statement but as a professional work station in a 3D post production environment it’s not even a contender.

HPZ
HP build solid machines for mass market but cannot compete with Strongboxes post production optimised super PC’s.

BOXX
BOXX make great machines but they are not as application focused as Strongbox

For serious 3D work there is only one choice – STRONGBOX.
We can arrange a demonstration of any of the above tests at our offices in Pinewood Studios, at our despatch warehouse in Essex or remotely using our Remote Access demo, click here

Want to see the results of any other tests?
Please contact us, we have tested every software and bench test we can find and now we want your projects. Send us a problem project you have and we will render and record exactly how much quicker our Strongbox workstations can work for you.