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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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V-Ray CPU Rendering: AMD Threadripper 2990WX Takes the Single CPU Performance Crown

Written on August 13, 2018 by William George

AMD just updated their high-performance Threadripper processor series, and the new top-end model - the 2990WX - is the fastest single CPU we've ever tested in V-Ray. This article will look at how it stacks up to other AMD and Intel chips, as well as Intel's dual Xeon configurations.


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Cinema 4D: AMD Threadripper 2990WX Performance

Written on August 13, 2018 by William George

AMD just updated their high-performance Threadripper processor series, and the new top-end model - the 2990WX - has given the highest Cinebench multi-core score we've seen from a single CPU. This article will look at how it stacks up to the older Threadripper 1950X and a selection of Intel chips... and just as importantly, how it performs in single-core mode.


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Agisoft PhotoScan 1.4.1 - Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro vs PC Workstations

Written on June 18, 2018 by William George

PhotoScan makes heavy use of both the central processors (CPUs) in a computer and the video cards (GPUs) to run many of the calculations involved in turning still images into a 3D model or map. Agisoft, the makers of PhotoScan, have versions available for both Windows and macOS - so let's take a look at how these two, competing computer platforms compare.


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Agisoft PhotoScan 1.4.1 - Xeon Scalable CPU Performance and GPU Scaling

Written on May 18, 2018 by William George

PhotoScan makes heavy use of both the central processors (CPUs) in a computer and the video cards (GPUs) to run many of the calculations involved in turning still images into a 3D model or map. Intel's new Xeon Scalable processors offer configurations with dozens of CPU cores, as well as the ability to support multiple GPUs - so let's see how they perform in PhotoScan.


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V-Ray CPU Comparison: Xeon Scalable vs Core i7 8700K, Core X, and Threadripper

Written on May 18, 2018 by William George

Intel has launched their new Xeon Scalable processor series, with very high core counts and multi-CPU configurations. How do they stack up to single-socket workstations using other Intel and AMD processors when rendering in V-Ray?


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V-Ray CPU Rendering: Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro vs PC Workstations

Written on May 17, 2018 by William George

"Mac or PC?" - the age-old question among computer enthusiasts. How fast are Apple and PC workstations when rendering in V-Ray? And which offers a better value?


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Cinema 4D: Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro vs PC Workstations

Written on May 17, 2018 by William George

"Mac or PC?" - the age-old question among computer enthusiasts. How do Apple and PC workstations compare for content creation and rendering in Cinema 4D?


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Cinema 4D CPU Comparison: Xeon Scalable vs Core i7 8700K, Core X, and Threadripper

Written on May 16, 2018 by William George

Intel has launched their new Xeon Scalable processor series, with very high core counts when used in dual CPU configurations. How do they stack up to single-socket workstations using other Intel and AMD processors in Cinema 4D?


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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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Photoshop CC 2018 CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 2 vs Intel 8th Gen

Written on April 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

AMD has made great improvements with the new 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs that really closes the gap between AMD and Intel for Photoshop users. But is it enough to put them above Intel's 8th Gen CPUs?


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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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Lightroom Classic CC Version 7.2 Performance

Written on February 8, 2018 by Matt Bach

The initial release of Lightroom Classic CC gave us some great performance gains, but the Lightroom team is not done yet. With the new 7.2 update, we once again get some terrific performance improvements, this time with an emphasis on improved multi-core performance using high core count CPUs in a number of tasks.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on February 4, 2018 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2018 (SP0.1) 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 i7 and i9 processors to see how they stack up in SW 2018. We hadn't yet had a chance to test AMD's Threadripper processors in SOLIDWORKS either, so they are also included in this round of benchmarks.


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Pix4D CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake X vs Threadripper

Written on January 2, 2018 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to 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, so we have tested multiple projects across a wide range of CPUs to see what hardware performs the best.


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Lightroom Classic CC: is it faster than CC 2015?

Written on October 24, 2017 by Matt Bach

With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe is advertising performance improvements for a number of tasks including importing, generating smart previews, scrolling through images, and much more. In this article we will be running our Lightroom benchmark suite to see if Classic CC is actually faster than CC 2015.


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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison (i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K)

Written on October 13, 2017 by William George

The latest Core processors from Intel have launched: the 8th generation of this series, code named "Coffee Lake". This brings with it the first six-core CPUs in Intel's mainstream processor line, so we are taking a look at how they perform in Solidworks 2017. For comparison, we also have results from our previous recommendation for modeling and CAD: the Core i7 7700K "Kaby Lake" chip.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

Alongside a small frequency bump, the new Coffee Lake-S 8th Gen CPUs from Intel have also received a 50-100% increase in core count. On paper, this makes the new Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K, and other 8th Gen CPUs much more powerful than their predecessors, but will this translate to improved performance for real-world Premiere Pro workloads?


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Revit 2018: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison

Written on October 5, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched their 8th generation of Core processors, code named "Coffee Lake". This includes the first step beyond quad-core CPUs for Intel's mainstream processor line. We are taking a look at how these new CPUs perform in Autodesk Revit 2018, compared to the previous 7th generation "Kaby Lake" Core i7 7700K and a couple of AMD's Ryzen 7 chips.


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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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Lightroom CC 2015.12 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

Lightroom contains a few tasks that can utilize a higher number of CPU cores, but much of the application can only take advantage of a couple of cores. With the new Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPUs seeing an increase in core count, will Lightroom see a significant benefit?


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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With two more cores over the previous generation, the new Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPUs perform extremely well in certain applications. However, Photoshop has historically struggled with higher core counts so will the new CPUs actually be any faster?


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Z370 vs Z270: What is the Difference?

Written on September 29, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the announcement of the first Coffee Lake-S CPUs, Intel has also released details for the the new Z370 chipset. But what makes it different from the old Z270 chipset?