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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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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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Best Workstation PC for Pix4D (Winter 2020)

Written on December 4, 2020 by William George

What are the best specifications for a Pix4D photogrammetry workstation at the end of 2020 and going into the start of a new year?


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Pix4D 4.5.6: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Performance

Written on November 5, 2020 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors have launched, with their updated Zen 3 microarchitecture bringing substantial performance improvements over the previous generation. How does this update impact processing times in Pix4D, and how do the new CPUs it stack up against other AMD and Intel models?


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Pix4D 4.5.6 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on October 29, 2020 by William George

The first cards in NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series launched earlier this fall, and now the RTX 3070 has finally joined its bigger siblings. How does it compare to the RTX 3080 and 3090? And how do they all fare against the previous generation of GeForce and Titan cards? In this article we take a look at how these all stack up in Pix4D.


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Pix4D 4.5.6 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on September 24, 2020 by William George

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series cards are here, with NVIDIA boasting significant performance gains over the previous generation. The RTX 3080 launched last week, and now with the RTX 3090 released today we can compare these models to each other as well as the older 20 Series find out how large those gains are in photogrammetry applications like Pix4D.


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Pix4D 4.5.6 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance

Written on September 17, 2020 by William George

The RTX 3000 series cards are here, with NVIDIA boasting significant performance gains over the previous generation. With the RTX 3080 now launched, we can find out how large those gains are in photogrammetry applications like Pix4D.


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Ryzen XT and Core i9 10850K for Photogrammetry: Are They Worth It?

Written on August 14, 2020 by William George

AMD and Intel have both released small revisions to their latest-gen consumer CPU lines, in the form of the Ryzen XT models and Core i9 10850K. On paper these appear to be identical to current products except for very slight adjustments in clock speed, but how do they stack up in real-world photogrammetry applications?


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Pix4D 4.5.6 HT / SMT Performance Analysis

Written on July 1, 2020 by William George

We've observed that some photogrammetry applications seem to perform better with lower core count processors, so we wanted to look at whether Hyperthreading and Simultaneous Multithreading could be negatively impacting performance in these programs. Next up is Pix4Dmapper.


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Best Workstation PC for Pix4D (Spring 2020)

Written on June 11, 2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for photogrammetry in Pix4D.


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Pix4D Performance: Intel Core 10th Gen vs AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen

Written on May 20, 2020 by William George

Intel's new 10th Gen Core processors are out now, with an increased number of cores and very high clock speeds. How do they stack up against AMD's Ryzen chips and other current models for photogrammetry workloads in Pix4D?


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Pix4D 4.5.6 vs 4.4.12 Performance Comparison

Written on April 10, 2020 by William George

A new version of Pix4D was released last month, and after testing we are happy to report that it brings with it a nice performance boost! We have compiled results from six processors to show roughly how much of an improvement you can expect when upgrading to Pix4Dmapper 4.5.6.


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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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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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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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Pix4D 4.4 CPU Performance: Intel Core X-10000 vs AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen

Written on November 25, 2019 by William George

Intel and AMD have both launched new lines of high-end desktop processors, with different approaches to increasing value. AMD's 3rd Gen Threadripper CPUs are based on a newer microarchitecture, bringing better performance for around the same price as previous models. Intel, on the other hand, focused on reducing price while still using the same underlying technology as their last series. We tested both to see which approach gives the best results in Pix4Dmapper.


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Pix4D 4.4 CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Written on November 14, 2019 by William George

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, allowing them to rival and sometimes beat Intel's mainstream Core processors in professional applications. Since AMD has finally released the top model in this series, the Ryzen 9 3950X, we decided to take a look at how it and some other competing CPUs handle Pix4D - which benefits from both core count and clock speed at various points throughout its workflow.


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Pix4D 4.3 vs 4.4 Performance Differences

Written on June 11, 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. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, and published articles looking at CPU and GPU performance on version 4.3 - but in the midst of our testing, 4.4 was released. Is it any faster?


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Pix4D 4.3: NVIDIA GeForce and Titan Performance Comparison

Written on May 31, 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. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, and now are taking a look at how different NVIDIA video cards perform in this program.


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Pix4D 4.3: Intel Core i7 & Core i9 vs AMD Threadripper Performance

Written on May 27, 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. We have recently updated our benchmark tools for Pix4D, so lets take a look at how Intel's Core i7 and i9 processors stack up against AMD's Threadripper.


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Windows 10 Security Patch Slowed Intel Core i9 9900K in Pix4D, Metashape, & RealityCapture

Written on May 20, 2019 by William George

Over the last couple of years, several new vulnerabilities have been found in modern microprocessor architectures. Many of these have been related to speculative execution techniques used across most of Intel's product line, and a patch was released for Windows 10 last week which was intended to address some of those weaknesses. Unfortunately, it has also reduced performance in some applications - which this article will demonstrate by comparing processing speed in three photogrammetry programs before and after the update.


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Pix4D Benchmark

Written on May 3, 2019 by William George

Here at Puget Systems, we have put together a benchmark utility for Pix4D which measures system performance for photogrammetry by running two small projects - a 3D Model and a 3D Map - and tracking the time each step takes to process. This benchmark is freely available to download, though running it requires a valid installation of Pix4D.


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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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Testing Dynamic Local Mode on AMD Threadripper 2970WX - Photogrammetry

Written on December 11, 2018 by William George

Dynamic Local Mode is a new feature on AMD's biggest Threadripper processors. These CPUs have cores grouped internally, some with direct access to system memory and some which have to communicate through those other cores to access data in memory. DLM prioritizes running code on the cores which have a direct line to the memory, helping to improve performance in situations where not all of the cores are in use. How does that translate to real-world workloads, though? Let's take a look at two photogrammetry applications and see how the 24-core 2970WX behaves with this feature on and off.


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Pix4D 4.3 GPU Comparison: GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti

Written on November 20, 2018 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. A new version, 4.3, was released recently - so we have tested multiple projects across the new GeForce RTX series of video cards, as well as the previous generation, to see which graphics card performs the best.