Boston Venom 2500-0P Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Boston’s reputation is synonymous with producing some of the most reliable enterprise-grade PCs over the last 20 years and offers clients a huge array of component choices. The company’s ethos revolves around clean, quiet and professional PC solutions to fulfill the demanding technical requirements of high-end gamers who dabble in complex video-editing. The Venom series is designed to tackle advanced rendering, complex graphical computations and other multi-threaded workloads. Previously, we reviewed the Boston Venom 3401-7T and became mesmerized by the class-leading performance in every benchmark. Now, it’s time to assess the Venom 2500-0P which features an astonishing specification whilst opting for a surprisingly portable, mid-chassis form-factor.

The 2500-0P features an Intel i7 5960X Extreme-grade processor which is pre-overclocked to 4.1GHz via a 120mm CoolIt liquid cooling solution. This incredibly powerful CPU is accompanied by 32GB DDR4 2800MHz RAM and an extremely stable, Supermicro X99 motherboard. To leverage the 5960X’s compute power, Boston decided to utilize NVIDIA’s flagship, Titan X graphics card which contains 12GB GDDR5 memory. In terms of storage, the boot drive is an Intel 750 PCI-e SSD capable of breathtaking read and write speeds. Additionally, there is a basic RAID array with 3TB of mechanical data at your disposal. The system is powered by an EVGA 1000W 80+ power supply and has enough headroom to allow for multi-GPU setups. Overall, the 2500-0P is a technical masterpiece and able to cope with every imaginable task.

Specifications

  • Name: Boston Venom 2500-0P Gaming PC
  • Case: Supermicro CSE-GS5B-000R
  • Motherboard: Supermicro C7X99-OCE
  • Processor – Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme pre-overclocked from 3.0GHz to 4.1GHZ using 1.160V
  • Processor Cooler: CoolIt Systems CPU LCS, ECO III-120FB
  • System Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB (4x8GB) PC4-22400, DDR4 2800MHz 1.25v CAS 15-16-16-35
  • Main Boot Drive: Intel 750 NVME 400GB IAC
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB SATA
  • Graphics card: PNY NVIDIA GTX Titan X 12GB
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G 1000W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply
  • Peripherals: Not Included
  • Monitor: Not Included
  • Optical DrivePioneer BDR-S09XLT 15X Interal Blu Ray Writer with SATA, OEM model.
  • Wireless: None
  • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Price: £3275+VAT

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Two Men Arrested at Pokemon World Championship With Large Weapons

Reports indicate that what could have ended as a major tragedy was averted thanks to tips from the public and a quick acting from the convention center management of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where this year’s Pokemon World Championship is hosted.

Two men were arrested and charged with several gun violations after making a “very real threat” [sic] via social media and then showing up at the convention with a lot of firepower. The two men that Boston police arrested this weekend, were Masters invitees James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18. In the trunk of their car, Police found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun and a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife. Both men were arrested back at their hotel on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm-related charges as neither could produce a license to carry firearms.

The whole thing started when Stumbo posted a photo of the arsenal with the caption “Mayhem Pokemon Crew, Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!”. There came a reply with “Good Luck” from a Facebook user to which Norton replied “With killing the competition?”.

Whether the two guys were just showing off a large e-penis or they intended a massacre at the Pokemon World Championship, it’s great to see the authorities acting so quick and prevented a possible large-scale tragedy. Pokemon players consist of a large portion kids and minors and it’s terrifying to think of what the two could have done at an event of this scale. It should also be used as a reminder for the less mature people, that you shouldn’t joke about things like that. With the charges put up against the two, it’s unlikely that they’ll play any more Pokemon anytime soon.

Thank you VG247 for providing us with this information

Boston Venom 3401-7T Workstation Review

Introduction


Although Boston may at first not be familiar to many, rest assured with a presence in America, UK, Germany and India this is a truly global company.  They supply one of the widest variety of business hardware available, from micro servers, blade servers, Quadro workstation and even green and cloud solutions. Today we will be looking at the Boston Venom 3401-7T, which is one of their flagship models of their Venom series, which has been designed for high-performance graphics, parallel processing and high-speed rendering. With this being one of our first enterprise workstation reviews we have a fresh selection of benchmarks which will help us push these high specification systems to their limits. We have a wide range including CPU, GPU, Memory and storage benchmarks which will help us collect some statistics which will help us find the cream of the crop of workstation rigs and at the same time provide our audience with informative concise results.

Although normally in reviews we don’t usually use descriptions that suppliers supply us with, with workstations often being targeted at a particular use or task and I feel that it makes sense for us to include a small description from Boston on what area the Venom is aimed at.

“The Boston Venom 3401-7T is designed to be the ultimate workstation for all design, VFX and digital content professionals.  The Venom 3401-7T is a workstation designed by Boston that brings together the often disjointed design and simulation processes into one package; dramatically increasing productivity and allowing engineers, designers and content creators to do more, faster, and with better results.”

So on that note, we have some high expectations going into this review!

Specifications

  • Name: Boston Venom 3401-7T
  • Case: Silverstone Fortress Series Case FT04 – Black
  • Motherboard: Supermicro X10DAX
  • Processor: Intel Xeon Processor E5-2687WV3 3.1GHz (Haswell) x 2 with 4% Overclock
  • Processor Cooler: Custom Dual Liquid Cooled Solution
  • System Memory: 8GB DDR4-2133 1Rx4 ECC REG DIMM (8x8GB Sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATAIII x 2 in RAID 0
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital SE 2TB SATA III – 6Gb/s Hard Drive 24×7 Enterprise Class x2 in RAID 1
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro K5200 Retail 8GB, 2304 CUDA Cores, PCE-E (x16) 256-bit, GDDR5 256-bit
  • Power Supply: Supermicro PS2 1200W Multi Output High Efficiency Power Supply
  • Optical Drive15X Internal Blu Ray Writer with SATA-OEM
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year return to base warranty with 1 year parts swapout (UK only)
  • Price: £9,118.87 inc VAT as configured Delivered.

We knew we were in for a treat when it came on its own pallet…

This system is extremely heavy, it was a 2 man job just to get it out the box!

The Silverstone Fortress FT04 (as reviewed here).  Don’t let it’s modest looks fool you, there is some of the fastest hardware money can buy tucked away in here!

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Boston Dynamics’ New Robot – ‘Spot’ The Dog

Boston Dynamics, a company now owned by Google, has a new robot to join their other creepy animal-like bots. He/she/it is called Spot, just like the name you might give to a dog. Spot is much smaller compared to their other robots and it also has a body quite similar to that of a dog.

The new bot is much more nimble across rough terrain compared to its older brother, ‘BigDog’. Spot can also climb stairs and run at quite a fast pace. It’s also pretty good at taking kicks from evil humans, recovering, quite eerily, in much the same way a dog would. Well, a dog would probably try to attack back, while Spot can’t (for now, that is).

Watch the video below to see Spot alongside some of its family members, all of them in training before they take over the human race.

Source: The Verge

Solar-Powered, Smartphone Charging Benches to be put in Boston

Soofa is a smart urban furniture company developed by Changing Environments, (an MIT Media Lab spin-off) and they’re bringing the Silicon Valley feel to Boston. As we’ve learned, this companies trendy name is derived from the acronym SUFA (Smart Urban Furniture Appliance) with the ‘double o’ added for a modern feel.

Being described as an ‘urban watercooler’, Soofa hopes to bring strangers together in a commonplace whilst providing an almost-essential service in todays technology age.

Soofa Co-Founder Sandra Richer explained her companies intentions to Mashable:

“There isn’t too much knowledge or perception around renewable energy these days because people are removed from it — it’s either on the roof or set aside somewhere that you don’t see it. We wanted to change the way people see its immediate benefits by putting something out into public spaces.”

Boston already has six benches in full operation with a further four set to be placed in the next few weeks. As it stands, Soofa currently has 100 of these benches ready to roll out with plans for further production.

Richer also commented on the ever-growing demand for such technology:

“It’s hard to get investors to back something that is a new market, but we’re already gotten so many requests from corporate campuses, education organizations, retailers and cities, from Tel Aviv to places in Italy, Germany and Hong Kong, so now we’re focused on how to scale quickly” Mashable

Interested in looking at your own bench for your workplace, common hangout spot or company? A cast iron bench will set you back around $10,000 USD, but others are said to be significantly cheaper. Obviously this price is nothing to scoff at, especially if you’re looking to implement quite a few of these in one venue. When this issue was raised, Richer commented:

“The smart benches will be on the pricier side because of the electronics, but we want it also to be affordable enough to encourage adoption.” Mashable

Being adopted as a full business around one year ago, the company was formed as current thanks to a partnership with Verizon and Cisco to help get it off the ground.

Soofa are said to be developing other style products to be suited to further environments. It’s highly likely you’ll be seeing more of these around in America and globally in the near future.

Image courtesy of Slashgear

Explosions At The Boston Market Marathon Finish Line

Breaking News

At least two explosions have been reported at the finish line of the Boston Maraton. Dozens of people have been injured, some people have been severely injured although their are no confirmed fatalities at this time. The explosions were separated by a couple of minutes, although the source has not been confirmed as accidental or as an attack, at this time.

We want to send our thoughts and prayers to all of those who have been affected by this recent tragedy at the Boston Market Marathon, this is literally an on going event so unfortunately, there are no more details right now.

Official news links for live coverage: NBCCBS