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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