Boston Venom 3401-7T Workstation Review

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A Closer Look


Opening the hinged front door reveals 2 huge 180mm fans with dust filter

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The dust filter clips are simply pushed down to release, and clip back in after a quick clean in a snap.

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To the top right side of the case, we have 2 USB 3.0 ports, with headphone and mic ports too.

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On the top left of the case are the power and reset buttons.

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With the system on its side we can see 4 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, Surround Sound, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, and our K5200 Ports.

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The top of the chassis has a removable vent, usually for power supply airflow but not in this case (excuse the pun!)

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Removing a side panel reveals some rather excellent noise dampening material attached to it

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Even the badge on the front of the case has been replaced to represent the Venom Series

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With the side panel removed, we can see the twin AIO CPU coolers mounted together, and the NVIDIA K5200 supported by a mounting bracket.  The case is reversed by the way, I haven’t flipped the image!

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Up close of the Supermicro X10DAX motherboard and adjoining components. We can see 8 out of the 16 DIMM slots, with the other 8 on the far side of the CPUs. The DIMMS are from SuperMicro which you would never see in the consumer world, but on a system like this, this memory was chosen for a reason.

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The NVIDIA K5200 is supported by a PCI Express bracket. While it won’t be good for a user wanting to play Crysis on highest settings, the K5200 is the perfect choice for some extreme rendering and other workstation related activities.

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Forty cores, that’s some serious CPU power! Thanks to the two Intel Xeon E5-2687WV3 processors which also include a moderate overclock.

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Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test Procedure
  4. Total System Performance
  5. GPU Performance
  6. CPU Performance
  7. Memory Performance
  8. Storage and USB Performance
  9. Networking Performance
  10. SPECwpc Benchmarks
  11. Temperatures
  12. Final Thoughts
  13. View All

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