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One of the core values of Puget Systems is transparency

We detest hype in the midst of an industry that is full of it. Our mission is to provide the highest quality hardware and consultation services to our customers, and to back up our decisions by freely sharing what we've learned along the way. To earn a place in our product line, a computer component undergoes rigorous testing. We apply the results of our testing, along with our years of experience in learning reliability trends and manufacturer characteristics, to make prudent decisions about what we can put our name behind, whether that's an individual part or an entire computer. With the following articles, we are writing up the results of these internal processes and discussions, and taking them public. We feel we can take this on with a unique perspective as we evaluate each topic with the experience, resources, and objectivity of a system builder. If there is a topic you'd like us to write about, email us at !
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Premiere Pro CC 2018 Workstation GPU Performance

Written on February 16, 2018 by Matt Bach

If your workflow depends on having 10-bit color support on your primary display, using a workstation graphics card is typically the only way to do so since most consumer cards do not support displaying 10-bit color. But do you really need a Quadro P6000 or can you use a much less expensive card like the Quadro P4000 or Radeon Pro WX 9100 without sacrificing very much performance?


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How to Choose the Right Monitor

Written on February 12, 2018 by Jeff Stubbers

Choosing a monitor may seem pretty basic, however, there are several things to consider to make sure you get the right monitor for your specific needs.


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DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Performance: NVIDIA Titan V 12GB

Written on February 9, 2018 by Matt Bach

The NVIDIA Titan V has many the features that are not useful in DaVinci Resolve, but it's raw power allows it to give the highest single GPU playback performance of any GPU we have every tested.


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Lightroom Classic CC Version 7.2 Performance

Written on February 8, 2018 by Matt Bach

The initial release of Lightroom Classic CC gave us some great performance gains, but the Lightroom team is not done yet. With the new 7.2 update, we once again get some terrific performance improvements, this time with an emphasis on improved multi-core performance using high core count CPUs in a number of tasks.


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Premiere Pro CC 2018 GPU Performance: NVIDIA Titan V 12GB

Written on February 7, 2018 by Matt Bach

The NVIDIA Titan V is an interesting and powerful card with a mix of features that should improve performance and features that are completely unused by Premiere Pro. The raw power of this card makes it the fastest GPU we've testing for Exporting, but it unfortunately is not quite as impressive when it comes to Live Playback performance.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on February 4, 2018 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2018 (SP0.1) late last year, but with the recent release of SP1 we expect that customers will soon be using it in production environments. In preparation for that, we have tested the field of current Intel Core i7 and i9 processors to see how they stack up in SW 2018. We hadn't yet had a chance to test AMD's Threadripper processors in SOLIDWORKS either, so they are also included in this round of benchmarks.


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How to Protect Your System from Viruses/Malware

Written on February 2, 2018 by Beth Smasal

A helpful overview of the many ways you can protect your system from malware and keep your data safe.


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Pix4D GPU Comparison: GeForce, Titan, and Quadro

Written on January 5, 2018 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes / textures utilizes the video card (GPU) in a workstation, but how much impact do different cards make on overall performance?


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Pix4D CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake X vs Threadripper

Written on January 2, 2018 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes / textures is time consuming, so we have tested multiple projects across a wide range of CPUs to see what hardware performs the best.


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Lightroom Classic CC: is it faster than CC 2015?

Written on October 24, 2017 by Matt Bach

With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe is advertising performance improvements for a number of tasks including importing, generating smart previews, scrolling through images, and much more. In this article we will be running our Lightroom benchmark suite to see if Classic CC is actually faster than CC 2015.


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DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Scaling Analysis (1-4x Titan Xp)

Written on October 13, 2017 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known to greatly benefit from multiple GPUs, but is this still true or has the recent launch of Resolve 14 changed things?


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DaVinci Resolve 14 CPU Performance: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on October 13, 2017 by Matt Bach

While GPU performance is often the first thing that comes up when configuring a DaVinci Resolve workstation, the CPU is in many ways even more important. Modern CPUs from Intel and AMD can have up to 18 cores, but can DaVinci Resolve actually make use of them all?


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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison (i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K)

Written on October 13, 2017 by William George

The latest Core processors from Intel have launched: the 8th generation of this series, code named "Coffee Lake". This brings with it the first six-core CPUs in Intel's mainstream processor line, so we are taking a look at how they perform in Solidworks 2017. For comparison, we also have results from our previous recommendation for modeling and CAD: the Core i7 7700K "Kaby Lake" chip.


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V-Ray RT 3.6 Hybrid Mode with AMD Threadripper 1950X and NVIDIA Titan Xp

Written on October 13, 2017 by William George

We've previously tested the new Hybrid Mode in V-Ray RT 3.6, which combines CPUs and GPUs in order to speed up rendering, on Intel's Skylake X processors. This time around we are going to test on AMD's Threadripper 1950X, and use even more powerful GPUs than before. We also take a look at GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs Titan Xp performance.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

Alongside a small frequency bump, the new Coffee Lake-S 8th Gen CPUs from Intel have also received a 50-100% increase in core count. On paper, this makes the new Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K, and other 8th Gen CPUs much more powerful than their predecessors, but will this translate to improved performance for real-world Premiere Pro workloads?


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Revit 2018: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison

Written on October 5, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched their 8th generation of Core processors, code named "Coffee Lake". This includes the first step beyond quad-core CPUs for Intel's mainstream processor line. We are taking a look at how these new CPUs perform in Autodesk Revit 2018, compared to the previous 7th generation "Kaby Lake" Core i7 7700K and a couple of AMD's Ryzen 7 chips.


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high CPU core counts to the point that a quad core CPU was the best you could get for raw performance. The new Coffee Lake-S 8th Gen CPUs from Intel have seen an increase in core count, but the question is whether After Effects will actually be able to make use of them.


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Lightroom CC 2015.12 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

Lightroom contains a few tasks that can utilize a higher number of CPU cores, but much of the application can only take advantage of a couple of cores. With the new Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPUs seeing an increase in core count, will Lightroom see a significant benefit?


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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With two more cores over the previous generation, the new Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPUs perform extremely well in certain applications. However, Photoshop has historically struggled with higher core counts so will the new CPUs actually be any faster?


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V-Ray RT 3.6 Hybrid Mode: Combining CPU and GPUs for Rendering

Written on October 4, 2017 by William George

New in V-Ray RT 3.6, Chaos Group has added Hybrid Rendering: the option to combine CPUs and GPUs in order to render images and animations even faster. We give an overview of how this works, and then explore the impact it can have on rendering speeds.


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Z370 vs Z270: What is the Difference?

Written on September 29, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the announcement of the first Coffee Lake-S CPUs, Intel has also released details for the the new Z370 chipset. But what makes it different from the old Z270 chipset?


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Arnold for Maya CPU Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in Arnold?


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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

With up to 18 physical cores, Intel's new Skylake-X CPUs are very impressive from a technological perspective. Can Premiere Pro put all those cores to use, or would you be better off with a lower cost processor with fewer cores?


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high core count CPUs effectively. Will this hold true for the new 14, 16, and 18 core Intel CPUs, or will they give us a surprise?


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Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in Cinebench?