Monday, October 26th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

BOXX ships renderPRO 1

Specialist graphics workstation firm BOXX Technologies has launched the renderPRO 1, a new single-processor local rendering device it describes as “the world’s smallest render node”.

Designed as an alternative to render farms for freelancers and small studios, the new system is an evolution of BOXX’s previous two-processor renderPRO, now officially renamed the renderPRO 2.

Render power in a 9-inch chassis
Whereas the old renderPRO was designed to sit on top of one of BOXX’s tower workstations, the renderPRO 1 sits on top of its APEXX 1 and has the same small form factor: 4.7 x 8.6 x 9.13in (119 x 218 x 232mm).

The system comes with a single Intel Xeon E5-1600 v3 or E5-2600 v3 CPU with between 4 and 18 cores, 16 to 64GB DDR4-2133 RAM, and various storage options, including up to two 1.2TB SSDs.

It’s designed to run headless, but there is also a choice of entry-level Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro GPUs.

For connectivity, you get four USB 3.0 ports, two Gigibit Ethernet ports, an RJ45 port and a VGA port. The system comes with 64-bit Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8.1 or Linux preloaded.

Pricing and availabiity
The renderPRO 1 is available now from BOXX and its resellers. The base configuration costs $3,527.70, but you can obviously push the cost much higher with the advanced options.

Read more about the renderPRO 1 on BOXX’s website