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Premiere Pro CC 2019: AMD Radeon VII vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX

Written on March 29, 2019 by Matt Bach

Depending on the number of GPU-accelerated effects you use, a higher-end GPU can give you a nice performance boost in Premiere Pro. But what will give you the best performance for your dollar? An NVIDIA GeForce RTX video card, or one of AMD's Radeon cards?


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NVIDIA Creator Ready drivers - are they faster in Premiere Pro and Photoshop?

Written on March 21, 2019 by Matt Bach

Recently, NVIDIA has announced their new "Creator Ready Driver program" which is intended to give the best performance and reliability when working with creative applications. But is the new Creator Ready driver actually faster in Premiere Pro and Photoshop?


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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Quadro RTX Series in Enhanced Graphics Performance Mode

Written on March 18, 2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. This feature is still in beta, and not yet ready for production use, but we rounded up the full Quadro RTX line of video cards to see how they perform at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


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DaVinci Resolve 15: NVIDIA Quadro RTX Performance

Written on March 18, 2019 by Matt Bach

If you are in production environment where you need maximum reliability or do a heavy amount of noise reduction, there is no replacement for workstation-class cards like those in the NVIDIA Quadro line. But exactly how well do the new Quadro RTX models perform in DaVinci Resolve?


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OctaneBench 2019 Preview: GeForce RTX Performance Boost

Written on March 15, 2019 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, utilizing the CUDA programming language on NVIDIA-based graphics cards. The upcoming 2019 version is adding support for the dedicated ray-tracing hardware in NVIDIA's RTX series of video cards, and a preview of the OctaneBench tool was released recently to show a sneak peek at what we can expect from this technology. We rounded up the whole GeForce RTX card line - along with the Titan RTX - to see how they compare to each other and how much of a boost RTX tech can provide.


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OctaneBench 2019 Preview: Quadro RTX Performance Boost

Written on March 15, 2019 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, utilizing the CUDA programming language on NVIDIA-based graphics cards. The upcoming 2019 version is adding support for the dedicated ray-tracing hardware in NVIDIA's RTX series of video cards, and a preview of the OctaneBench tool was released recently to show a sneak peek at what we can expect from this technology. We rounded up the whole Quadro RTX card line - along with the Titan RTX - to see how they compare to each other and how much of a boost RTX tech can provide.


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DaVinci Resolve 15: AMD Radeon VII 16GB Performance

Written on March 12, 2019 by Matt Bach

The Radeon VII is a very interesting card for DaVinci Resolve due to its 16GB of VRAM which is twice what you would get from a similarly priced NVIDIA GPU. But is it able to keep up in terms of raw performance?


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After Effects CC 2019: AMD Radeon VII 16GB Performance

Written on March 12, 2019 by Matt Bach

While After Effects is starting to utilize the GPU more and more, it currently is almost always limited by the performance of your CPU. So while AMD's Radeon VII is an extremely robust card with twice the VRAM as a comparably priced NVIDIA GeForce card, will Ae actually be able to take advantage of its power?


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Photoshop CC 2019: AMD Radeon VII 16GB Performance

Written on March 11, 2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's Radeon VII is an extremely robust card on paper, having twice the VRAM as a comparably priced NVIDIA GeForce card. However, while 16GB of video memory is nice, it is rarely required for Photoshop. Does the Radeon VII have a performance advantage in Photoshop as well, or is going with NVIDIA still a better option?


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Enhanced Details GPU Performance

Written on March 4, 2019 by Matt Bach

In the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC (8.2), Adobe has added a new featured called "Enhanced Details" which uses machine learning to improve the quality of the debayering process for RAW images. This is very GPU-intensive, so we wanted to see exactly how much faster it can be on a modern, high-end GPU.


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Adobe Creative Cloud: Intel Core i9 9990XE vs Xeon W-3175X

Written on February 22, 2019 by Matt Bach

Intel has recently released a pair of highly exclusive - and expensive - processors: the Core i9 9990XE and Xeon W-3175X. The question is: does either one make sense to use for Adobe Creative Cloud applications?


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CPU Rendering: Intel Core i9 9990XE vs Xeon W-3175X

Written on February 22, 2019 by William George

Intel recently released a pair of rather odd high-end processors: the 14-core Core i9 9990XE and the 28-core Xeon W-3175X. Both have higher clock speeds than other models with similar core count, run much hotter, and have other peculiarities. Because of that, neither of these processors will have a home in our product line at this time - but they are still interesting to test for insight into what current CPU designs are capable of when pushed beyond what is practical.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 19, 2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes recently updated SOLIDWORKS 2019 with its first service pack (SP1), and we did a roundup of Intel CPUs looking at how they perform in this popular engineering application. We found that both core count and clock speed play a role different aspects of SOLIDWORKS performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


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Pix4D 4.3: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 12, 2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a 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, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. Both core count and clock speed play a role in Pix4D performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Intel CPU Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2019 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 series processors to see how they compare across a wide variety of tasks within SOLIDWORKS.


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks making it one of the fastest CPUs currently available.


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After Effects CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it should actually be among the fastest CPUs to use for After Effects as it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks.


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Premiere Pro CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. This unique processor is able to run at 5.0 GHz even when all the cores are being used which should make it among the fastest processors currently available for Premiere Pro.


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Photoshop CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While Photoshop typically does not take advantage of higher core count CPUs, the unique thing about this processor is that it is can run at up to 5.1 GHz which should allow it to give terrific performance in Adobe Photoshop CC.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Quadro GPU Performance

Written on February 6, 2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. To see how this new mode affects GPU performance, I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro P and RTX series at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


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NVIDIA NVLink Bridge Compatibility Chart

Written on January 15, 2019 by William George

Using NVLink requires a physical bridge between two identical NVIDIA graphics cards, but several models of bridges have been sold with different branding. Which versions work with which GeForce, Titan, and Quadro graphics cards?


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OctaneRender 4.00: NVIDIA GeForce & Titan RTX GPU Rendering Performance Roundup

Written on January 14, 2019 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, utilizing the CUDA programming language on NVIDIA-based graphics cards. An update to their benchmark, OctaneBench 4.00, was recently released - so we gathered most of the current and recent GeForce and Titan series video cards and tested them to see how they perform in this version of OctaneRender.


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Redshift 2.6.22: NVIDIA Titan RTX Performance

Written on January 14, 2019 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, compatible with NVIDIA's CUDA graphics programming language. We recently saw how GeForce RTX cards perform in this renderer, but now the Titan RTX is out with a staggering 24GB of memory onboard. That sounds great for rendering complex 3D scenes, but how does it actually perform? And are there any caveats?


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DaVinci Resolve 15: NVIDIA Titan RTX Performance

Written on January 9, 2019 by Matt Bach

The new NVIDIA Titan RTX has a stunning 24GB of video memory, making it very attractive for many editors and colorists working with 8K media. But is the extra VRAM all it has going for it or is it also significantly faster than something like the RTX 2080 Ti 11GB?


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Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2018

Written on January 2, 2019 by Matt Bach

At Puget Systems, one of the most important things we track in our workstations is the failure rates of individual components. Overall, 2018 was a very good year for hardware reliability with about half as many parts failing this year versus 2015, 2016, or 2017. But what models were the best of the best?