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What it Takes to Beat the Speed of an 8-Core Mac Pro

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331w ago - You may not have heard about this small manufacturer of VFX workstations, but there is a good chance that you saw a movie or a TV show with special effects done on one of these machines.

BoxxX is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and in order to celebrate the occasion, the company assembled an ultimate visual effects machine based on Intel's Skulltrail platform and Core 2 Extreme processors.

To create a Special Edition of its 3DBOXX machine (8400se), the Boxx guys turned to Asetek for a new cooling system and posted a new world record score on SPEC.org for a dual-processor workstation as a result. No doubts, this overclocked workstation is a dream for any enthusiast with really, really deep pockets.

The $7700 base configuration includes 4 GB of memory, a Quadro FX1700 graphics card, an 80 GB hard drive and a DVD burner. Add 12 GB of memory, three 1 TB hard drives and a high-end Nvidia graphics card and you end up with about twice that (display not included).

This machine is 49.4% faster than latest Mac Pro system in Cinebench 10 and 37.7% faster in After Effects.

Boxx will be giving away one these machines Siggraph 2008. So, if you want to get your chance and win this system head over to the conference and participate in Boxx' "Back In Time" contest.
 

SCEA to Europe: We hear what you're saying

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334w ago - European members have recently been venting their frustration at the poor level of service they have been receiving from SCEE and have been asking for a service equal to that provided by SCEA.

The issue has also been brought up by the member on the US Playstation Blog who asked yesterday if the US blog could global.

Jeff Rubenstein, Social Media Manager, replied saying "We know that there are a lot of readers coming here from beyond North America (notably the UK, Oz, Germany, and more). We're in the process of working out how to make sure your needs are addressed. We hear what you're saying."

To quote: Question:
Can you please go global with PlayStation.Blog. The non-existant regional attempts just make it ever more apparent how good you guys are and how you're filling a much needed spot.

Please? For a chocolate heart? Or a bunny? You like bunnies dontcha?

Answer:
We know that there are a lot of readers coming here from beyond North America (notably the UK, Oz, Germany, and more). We're in the process of working out how to make sure your needs are addressed. We hear what you're saying.

I'll take the chocolate bunny.
 
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