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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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Are the NVIDIA RTX video cards good for video editing?

Written on October 1, 2018 by Matt Bach

The new RTX series from NVIDIA may not be great for Adobe applications, but they are great for DaVinci Resolve and are very interesting cards for the future due to two major new features: Tensor cores and RT cores.


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After Effects CC 2018: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti Performance

Written on September 27, 2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects has had a bit of a rocky relationship with video cards ever since GPU acceleration was added back in 2015 with little reason to use more than a mid-range video card. However, NVIDIA's new RTX series cards are here and they bring to the table two new features that may finally give you a reason to invest in a high-end GPU for After Effects: Tensor cores and RT cores.


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Are 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs good for video editing?

Written on September 21, 2018 by Matt Bach

AMD's new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are absolute monsters, with the 2990WX in particular having 32(!) cores. But are they better than Intel for video editing?


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After Effects CC 2018: AMD Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X Performance

Written on September 18, 2018 by Matt Bach

For several years, After Effects has not performed very well with high core count CPUs - instead favoring processors that have higher per-core performance. This means that while AMD's new Threadripper CPUs like the 2990WX and 2950X are very impressive in some applications, they shouldn't be terribly great for After Effects compared to their Intel counterparts.


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After Effects CC 2018: NVIDIA GeForce vs AMD Radeon Vega

Written on August 2, 2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects may not be able to take advantage of the GPU as much as other applications, but the question still comes up: AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce? Which performs better in Ae and which will give you more performance for your dollar?


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After Effects CC 2018: iMac Pro & Mac Pro vs PC Workstation

Written on May 15, 2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects users are often held back by the performance of their workstation, yet a surprising number of users lock themselves into the Mac ecosystem. In this article we will be looking at just how much faster a PC workstation can be in After Effects compared to the iMac Pro and Mac Pro.


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After Effects CC 2018 CPU Comparison: AMD Ryzen 2 vs Intel 8th Gen

Written on April 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

Intel has long been the performance king for After Effects, but AMDs new 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs have shown some great performance gains. Is it enough to let AMD overtake Intel?


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After Effects CC 2018 CPU Comparison: Intel 8th Gen vs X-series vs Ryzen vs Threadripper

Written on March 8, 2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects is a tricky application when it comes to choosing a CPU as there are many factors that come into play. Not only is there raw rendering performance, but the new integration with Cinema4D and even the amount of system RAM you need all play a role in determining what CPU is the ideal choice for your workflow.


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high CPU core counts to the point that a quad core CPU was the best you could get for raw performance. The new Coffee Lake-S 8th Gen CPUs from Intel have seen an increase in core count, but the question is whether After Effects will actually be able to make use of them.


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high core count CPUs effectively. Will this hold true for the new 14, 16, and 18 core Intel CPUs, or will they give us a surprise?


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on August 30, 2017 by Matt Bach

After Effects typically values CPUS with lower core counts and higher frequencies, but in this article we will be comparing Intel's Skylake-X CPUs (including the new Core i9 7920X 12 core) to AMD's Threadripper CPUs in After Effects.


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, Broadwell-E, Kaby Lake, Ryzen 7

Written on July 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

In this article we will be examining how the new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs on X299 compare to the previous generation Intel CPUs and AMD's Ryzen CPUs in After Effects.


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After Effects CC 2017 Mac Pro vs PC Performance

Written on March 30, 2017 by Matt Bach

In this article we will be examining how the top-end Mac Pro (late 2013) compares to one of our After Effects workstations. This system was designed based on our extensive testing of After Effects and represents both a great value (priced at just over half the cost of the Mac Pro) as well as giving excellent performance in After Effects.


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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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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 purchase. 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 After Effects CC 2014 Multi Core Performance

Written on October 6, 2015 by Matt Bach

After Effects 2015 has some significant performance problems with multiple CPUs due to the removal of the "Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously" feature. In this article we want to test AE 2014 to see how well AE was able to utilize systems with both higher core count and multiple physical CPUs before this feature was removed.


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Adobe After Effects CC 2015 Multi Core Performance

Written on September 28, 2015 by Matt Bach

High-end systems for After Effects are often 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.