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Unreal Engine 5 is Becoming More Real

Written on January 13, 2022 by Kelly Shipman

Some new demos based on Unreal Engine 5 give us a look at the potential for cinematic experiences.


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The Puget Systems Consultation Experience: Here's what you need to know

Written on January 10, 2022 by DJ Bailey

A key part of our process here at Puget Systems, which sets us apart from many other workstation manufacturers, is the free consultation that we offer to prospective customers. For some the idea of talking with a "salesman" can be worrisome or off-putting, though, and others may just not know what to expect from this sort of service. This article breaks down what you can expect from a Puget Systems consultation and how to go about requesting one for your next computer purchase.


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Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2021

Written on December 30, 2021 by William George

Here at Puget Systems, our goal is not only to provide the fastest workstations possible, but the most reliable as well. As a part of our constant drive to offer only the highest quality components possible, we track and regularly review the failure rates for each part we carry. Today, we want to give a bit of a peak at how reliable different types of hardware have been in our workstations in 2021.


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Pix4D 4.6.4: CPU Performance Roundup

Written on December 6, 2021 by William George

Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors launched toward the end of 2021, as did Windows 11, making this a great time to do a roundup looking at CPU performance in Pix4D across a wide range of different processor lines. How does Intel's new Core i9 12900K stack up against AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series, Threadripper, and Threadripper Pro chips - as well as Intel's own 11th Gen Core, Xeon W, and Core X Series?


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Metashape Pro 1.7.2: CPU Performance Roundup

Written on December 6, 2021 by William George

Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors launched toward the end of 2021, as did Windows 11, making this a great time to do a roundup looking at CPU performance in Agisoft Metashape across a wide range of different processor lines. How does Intel's new Core i9 12900K stack up against AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series, Threadripper, and Threadripper Pro chips - as well as Intel's own 11th Gen Core, Xeon W, and Core X Series?


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What H.264 and H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in DaVinci Resolve Studio?

Written on November 24, 2021 by Matt Bach

Davinci Resolve Studio supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


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What H.264 and H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in Premiere Pro?

Written on November 24, 2021 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in Premiere Pro.


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12th Gen Intel Core CPU Review Roundup

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product which makes it hard to estimate how each model will perform in the real world without application and workflow specific benchmarking and testing.


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Adobe Premiere Pro: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") with support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture featuring a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in Adobe Premiere Pro.


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Adobe After Effects: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in Adobe After Effects - especially in light of the new multi-frame rendering feature in After Effects 22.0.


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Adobe Photoshop: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. Photoshop is largely single-threaded which may diminish the value of the hybrid architecture, but we are still very curious to see what these new CPUs are capable of.


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Adobe Lightroom Classic: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. AMD has held the performance crown in Lightroom Classic for a number of years, but is this enough to put Intel back on top?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


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Unreal Engine: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in Unreal Engine.


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Cinema 4D: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in Cinema 4D.


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V-Ray: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in V-Ray.


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12th Gen Intel Core - Do you need Windows 11?

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Due to the new hybrid architecture used on the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake"), Windows 11 is recommended in order for the Thread Director to be fully operational. But does this actually make a difference in the real world, or are their other issues that would actually make Windows 10 the better option?


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Intel Z690 vs Z590 vs Z490 Chipset Comparison

Written on October 29, 2021 by William George

Over the last few iterations of their mainstream Core processors, Intel has offered many different chipsets with varying features. However, within each generation one stands at the top of the product stack, usually with naming using the "Z#90" convention. Today we are taking a look at the last three such chipsets: Z490, Z590, and the latest Z690 to see what has changed over the years.


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NVIDIA Lite Hash Rate GPU Performance

Written on October 26, 2021 by William George

In an attempt to make their GeForce line of consumer video cards less appealing to crypto miners, NVIDIA has updated many of their GPUs with "lite hash rate" versions. These are supposed to reduce effectiveness for mining of currencies like Etherium by about 50%, without impacting game performance or other applications, but to be sure of that we put a pair of GeForce RTX 3070 cards - one with LHR and one without - to the test.


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Photography?

Written on October 15, 2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, and while many popular photo editing applications like Photoshop and Lightroom Classic technically have official support, many come with a note that there may still be performance issues. We want to test to see if performance in these applications is better on Windows 11 vs Windows 10, or if you should hold off on upgrading.


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Unreal Engine?

Written on October 8, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

Windows 11 is finally here, however, Unreal Engine has not offered a specific update to support any new features of the OS. So what kind of performance could be expected as of the launch of Windows 11, without official support?


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Rendering?

Written on October 8, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

Windows 11 is finally here, however, many popular rendering applications like Redshift and V_ray have not officially offered support for the new OS. So what kind of performance could be expected as of the launch of Windows 11?


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Video Editing?

Written on October 8, 2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, although many popular editing applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects do not yet have full official support. But, is there a reason to go ahead and upgrade to Windows 11 for video editing even before full support is added?


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How to Choose the Best Hardware for Multi-Frame Rendering in After Effects

Written on October 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

The new Multi-Frame Rendering feature vastly improved performance in Adobe After Effects - often giving a 2-4x increase in performance. This feature allows Ae to take advantage of significantly more CPU cores, but how does that change what hardware is best for After Effects?


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After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering GPU Performance Analysis

Written on October 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

Multi-Frame Rendering is making its way into Adobe After Effects, often giving a 2-4x boost to performance with its greatly improved multi-threading capability. But while this will make higher core count processors more effective, how will it affect GPU performance?