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 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 9, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Premiere Pro performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


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ANSYS Mechanical & Fluent Benchmark Analysis

Written on January 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right hardware for your ANSYS Mechanical or ANSYS Fluent workstation can be a daunting task. In this article, we want to analyze some of the benchmark data available from ANSYS.com to help you to understand what kind of hardware should give you the best performance for the different ANSYS simulation software packages.


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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Lightroom performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


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Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Photoshop performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


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Z270, H270, Q270, Q250, B250 - What is the Difference?

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

Alongside the launch of Intel's new consumer Kaby Lake CPUs, there is also a whole new line of motherboard chipsets available. These six chipsets are divided into two separate categories: consumer and business. In this article, we will examine the features of each of the new chipsets to help you determine which is right for you.


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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of SOLIDWORKS performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


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Z270 vs Z170: What is the Difference?

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the release of the first Skylake-S CPUs, Intel has also launched the new Z170 chipset. Unlike previous launches where Intel releases all the new chipsets and CPUs at the same time, this time only the top chipset and unlocked (K-series) CPUs will be available at launch.


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Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2016

Written on December 30, 2016 by Matt Bach

At Puget Systems, we track a lot of data but one of the most important things we track is the failure rates of individual components. Reliability is of our primary values, so this data is invaluable for tracking both individual component, product line, and overall brand failure rates. With 2016 coming to a close, we thought we make public a bit of this data to let you know what hardware we found to be the most reliable in 2016.


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Adobe Lightroom 2015.8 Storage Performance Analysis

Written on December 22, 2016 by Matt Bach

While what CPU or video card you should purchase tends to be at the forefront of any workstation hardware discussion, storage is often just as important. While there is little existing evidence that Lightroom benefits from particularly fast storage drives for your project files, considering how fast modern hardware has become we felt the need to look into it in more detail.


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Adobe After Effects CC 2017 Disk Cache Performance Analysis

Written on December 19, 2016 by Matt Bach

Having a fast disk cache plays a very important role in After Effects, allowing you to store frames you have already rendered for playback at a later time. In this article we will be looking at how different speeds of cache drives impact the performance of After Effects.


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Samsung 960 Pro vs 950 Pro Performance & Thermal Throttling

Written on December 1, 2016 by Matt Bach

M.2 drives like the Samsung 960 and 950 Pro can give incredible performance, but under sustained loads they can get hot enough that the drive needs to throttle the performance to stay within safe temperature limits. In this article, we will not only compare the 960 Pro to the 950 Pro in terms of raw performance, but also in terms of how quickly each drive will throttle.


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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 Storage Optimization

Written on November 30, 2016 by Matt Bach

More than almost any other hardware component, the advice you will often see concerning how many and what kind of storage drive to use along with the best way to configure them is based either on anecdotal evidence or information that is vastly out of date. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of drive types and configurations to see what actually makes a difference when working in Premiere Pro.


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What is Aggregate CPU Frequency and why is it wrong?

Written on October 3, 2016 by Matt Bach

While not yet a common term, over the past year or so we have started to see a rise in the usage of the term "Aggregate CPU Frequency" as a way to estimate the performance between different CPU models. While at first glance this term seems reasonable enough, in the majority of cases it is unfortunately going to be inaccurate and wrong.


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Titan X Performance: PCI-E 3.0 x8 vs x16

Written on September 8, 2016 by Matt Bach

With video cards getting faster and display resolutions getting larger, it is time to revisit our PCI-E testing to see if there is finally a performance difference between using a GPU in x8 versus x16.


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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison

Written on September 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right CPU for you Premiere Pro workstation can be a difficult task with dozens of different options to choose from. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of single and dual CPU options that should give the best performance in Premiere Pro to see exactly how fast each configuration actually performs in the real world.


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Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 Pascal GPU Performance

Written on September 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

New video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any relevant non-gaming benchmarks to help you decide what card to purcahse. In this article we will be looking at the new GTX 1000 series cards and the Pascal Titan X to see how the perform in After Effects.


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Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison

Written on September 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

After Effects is often touted as being able to use as many CPU cores as you can throw at it. However, our testing has indicated that AE may actually perform better with a lower core count CPU than one with a higher number of cores. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of single and dual CPU configurations to see exactly how fast different CPUs actually perform in After Effects.


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Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 Multi Core Performance

Written on September 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

High-end systems for After Effects are sometimes sold with two high core count CPUs for maximum CPU performance. However, our testing has shown that After Effects actually has some significant performance problems with multiple CPUs which makes those configurations in reality much slower than a system with a single CPU.


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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 Pascal GPU Performance

Written on August 18, 2016 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 to see how the perform compared to the previous generation video cards.


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AutoDesk 3ds Max 2017 Quadro GPU Performance

Written on August 5, 2016 by Matt Bach

Even though AutoDesk officially recommends professional-class video cards like the NVIDIA Quadro series, it can be extremely difficult to determine which card withing that series you should use in your workstation. In this article we will be looking at a number of video cards from the NVIDIA Quadro product lines to see how they perform in 3ds Max.


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AutoDesk 3ds Max 2017 GeForce GPU Performance

Written on August 5, 2016 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a ton of reviews and benchmarks, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at a number of video cards from the NVIDIA GeForce product line to see how they perform in 3ds Max.


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AutoDesk 3ds Max 2017 CPU Performance

Written on August 3, 2016 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a ton of reviews and benchmarks, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at a number of video cards across the NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro product lines to see how they perform in 3ds Max.


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GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Premiere Pro Performance

Written on June 11, 2016 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 to see how the perform compared to the previous generation video cards.


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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 Multi Core Performance (Update1)

Written on June 8, 2016 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro is often touted as greatly benefiting from high core count CPUs. In this article we will be benchmarking the multi-threading capabilities of Premiere Pro CC 2015 to determine exactly how well it actually is able to utilize high core count CPUs.


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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Additional Cooling Testing

Written on June 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

M.2 drives like the Samsung 950 Pro can give incredible performance, but they can sometimes run hot enough that the drive needs to throttle the performance to stay under safe temperatures. For those that need a M.2 drive to run at full speed for longer periods of time, we decided to run some quick tests to compare a number of different M.2 drive cooling methods.