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Premiere Pro performance: PC Workstation vs Mac Pro (2019)

Written on April 9, 2020 by Matt Bach

Adobe Premiere Pro is generally pretty decent at leveraging both the CPU and GPU in your system, but even with a 28 Core CPU and Radeon Pro Vega GPUs, is the new 2019 Mac Pro able to keep up with a significantly more affordable PC workstation?


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After Effects performance: PC Workstation vs Mac Pro (2019)

Written on April 9, 2020 by Matt Bach

Adobe After Effects can easily bring even the most powerful workstation to its knees, but how does Apple's new Mac Pro compare to a much more affordable PC workstation?


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Photoshop performance: PC Workstation vs Mac Pro (2019)

Written on April 9, 2020 by Matt Bach

Apple's new Mac Pro is a very slick and sturdy machine, but does its high price translate to better performance in Photoshop?


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Ground Loop Interference in Speakers

Written on April 1, 2020 by Josh Raye

Ground loops are among the most common causes of interference noise when using powered monitor speakers. This article gives an overview of what ground loops are, why they're a problem, and a few ways to resolve them.


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Unsupported: How to Make Dual NVLink Work on Windows 10

Written on March 4, 2020 by William George

NVIDIA does not consider dual NVLink - using two pairs of cards, each connected via a NVLink bridge and enabled via SLI - to be a supported configuration with GeForce cards in Windows, but some driver releases do allow it to function. This article will look at how to get that working, if you really must have it, and why we are not offering it on our workstations here at Puget Systems.


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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 CPU Performance

Written on February 28, 2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, as well as multiple new CPU launches from Intel and AMD in the past few months, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of processor performance in modeling, rendering, and simulations within SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 GPU Performance

Written on February 28, 2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of NVIDIA Quadro video card performance with regards to modeling in SOLIDWORKS.


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PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Written on February 25, 2020 by Matt Bach

The free version of our benchmarks allow individuals to evaluate the performance of their own systems in popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. However, for commercial use (system reviewers, hardware/software developers, workstation manufacturers, etc.), we have but specific commercial use versions that include features that are often desired such as command line automation, result logging, and email support.


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AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations speed up photogrammetry?

Written on February 19, 2020 by William George

When AMD launched the 64-core Threadripper 3990X, some reviewers reported that performance of this 128-thread beast was hindered by running a normal version of Windows 10 Pro - and that instead using Windows 10 Pro for Workstations or Windows 10 Enterprise gave better results. We have investigated that claim using our in-house Pix4D and RealityCapture benchmarks to see if the choice of operating system could impact our customers.


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AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations improve rendering performance?

Written on February 19, 2020 by William George

When AMD launched the 64-core Threadripper 3990X, some reviewers reported that performance of this 128-thread beast was hindered by running a normal version of Windows 10 Pro - and that using Windows 10 Pro for Workstations or Windows 10 Enterprise instead gave better results. We have investigated that claim using Cinebench and V-Ray benchmarks to see if the choice of operating system could impact our customers.


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AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations improve Adobe CC performance?

Written on February 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

As AMD continues to release processors with more and more cores, we are getting to the point that there is are concerns that the normal version of Windows 10 Pro is not able to effectively utilize all these cores. To find out, we decided to test the 3990X and a number of other processors with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations as well as with SMT/HT disabled.


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Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in their Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores. We are putting this new 3990X chip to the test in one of the applications where its high core count should shine: CPU based rendering in Cinema 4D. See how it stacks up to the other Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


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V-Ray CPU Rendering Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in their Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores. We are putting this new 3990X chip to the test in one of the applications where its high core count should shine: CPU based rendering with V-Ray. See how it stacks up to the other Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


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Pix4D 4.4 CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in its Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the 3990X. In this article we are looking at how it stacks up to the other 3rd gen Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


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RealityCapture CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end processor, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the Threadripper 3990X. After extensive testing we are ready to report on how this new CPU performs in RealityCapture, compared to several of AMD and Intel's other current desktop chips.


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Agisoft Metashape CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the Threadripper 3990X. In this article we will look at how this new chip performs in Agisoft Metashape, compared to a variety of Intel and AMD's other desktop processors.


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After Effects CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

At the moment, After Effects typically only utilizes a handful of CPU cores, which makes the new AMD Threadripper 3990X, with a massive 64 cores, extreme overkill. But does that make the 3990X a bad option for After Effects, or will it surprise us by out performing the other mainstream CPUs offered by Intel and AMD.


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Premiere Pro CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

More than most Adobe applications, Premiere Pro is able to make use of CPUs that have higher core counts. The new AMD Threadripper 3990X takes this to the extreme, however, with an incredible 64 cores. Will Premiere Pro be able to utilize all of these cores, or will the 3990X actually end up being slower than one of AMD's more affordable options?


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DaVinci Resolve CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve may be known for its ability to utilize your GPU, but depending on your project, the CPU can actually be a bigger factor for performance. But even in these cases, is AMD's new Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores overkill?


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Photoshop CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

Due to the nature of how Photoshop works, a CPU with a high number of cores is rarely necessary to get the best performance. In fact, some applications can actually see a loss in performance with more CPU cores, which is why we are very interested to see how the new AMD Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores is able to run Photoshop.


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Lightroom Classic CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic contains a number of tasks that can leverage a decent number of CPU cores to improve performance. The new AMD Threadripper 3990X, with a massive 64 cores, should excel when exporting images in particular, but many applications see less and less benefit as you get into extremely high core counts. Will Lightroom be able to leverage all 64 cores, or is there no benefit to using the 3990X over a much less expensive CPU like the Threadripper 3960X?


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What is the Best CPU for Rendering (2019)

Written on December 20, 2019 by William George

For CPU-based rendering engines, the processor is by far the most important hardware choice when building or buying a workstation. What is the best choice among all the new CPUs that were launched in 2019, though? We've tested a wide range of chips so that we can provide that answer to you, so read on to find out!


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What is the Best CPU for Photogrammetry (2019)

Written on December 20, 2019 by William George

Picking the processor, or CPU, is one of the most important decisions when building or buying a workstation - but there are dozens of options to pick from at any given point, with varying specifications and price points, so making the right choice isn't always clear-cut. We've tested all of the latest processors from Intel and AMD across three popular photogrammetry applications to help you know what the best choice is for your next system.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.1.2 Update - RED SDK improvements

Written on December 19, 2019 by Matt Bach

The latest version of DaVinci Resolve (16.1.2) includes an update to the latest RED SDK which is supposed to greatly improve performance when working with R3D files in DaVinci Resolve. But exactly how much of an impact does this make in the real world? (Hint: it is a lot!)


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PugetBench for Lightroom Classic

Written on December 17, 2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/17/2019. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe Lightroom Classic? Download and run our free public Lightroom Classic benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.