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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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ReMake 2017 CPU Comparison

Written on September 19, 2017 by William George

Performance testing on a wide range of Intel and AMD processor options to see how they compare in Autodesk ReMake. Comparison to "online" (cloud) processing and a look at system memory usage are also included.


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Revit 2018 CPU Comparison

Written on September 8, 2017 by William George

Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processor performance in Autodesk Revit 2018, including both general modeling and rendering performance.


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OctaneRender GPU Platform Comparison: Skylake X, Xeon W, and Threadripper

Written on September 6, 2017 by William George

This article looks at several motherboard chipsets, including X299 and X399, comparing how well they handle performance scaling across multiple GPUs in OctaneBench 3.06.2.


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V-Ray GPU Rendering Platform Comparison: Skylake X, Xeon W, and Threadripper

Written on September 6, 2017 by William George

This article looks at several motherboard chipsets, including X299 and X399, comparing how well they handle performance scaling across multiple GPUs in V-Ray 3.57.01.


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FurryBall GPU Rendering Platform Comparison: Skylake X, Xeon W, and Threadripper

Written on September 6, 2017 by William George

This article looks at several motherboard chipsets, including X299 and X399, comparing how well they handle performance scaling across multiple GPUs in the FurryBall RT benchmark.


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Cinema 4D CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on September 1, 2017 by William George

This article looks at the performance of Intel's Skylake-X CPUs (including the new Core i9 7920X 12-core) compared to AMD's Threadripper 12- and 16-core CPUs in Cinebench R15. Several other CPU platforms are also included for reference.


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V-Ray CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on September 1, 2017 by William George

This article looks at the performance of Intel's Skylake-X CPUs (including the new Core i9 7920X 12-core) compared to AMD's Threadripper 12- and 16-core CPUs in V-Ray. Several other CPU platforms are also included for reference.


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KeyShot 7 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on September 1, 2017 by William George

This article looks at the performance of Intel's Skylake-X CPUs (including the new Core i9 7920X 12-core) compared to AMD's Threadripper 12- and 16-core CPUs in KeyShot 7. Several other CPU platforms are also included for reference.


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Arnold for Maya CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on September 1, 2017 by William George

This article looks at the performance of Intel's Skylake-W and Skylake-X CPUs (including the new Core i9 7920X 12-core) compared to AMD's Threadripper 12- and 16-core CPUs in the Arnold render engine for Maya 2017.


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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on August 31, 2017 by Matt Bach

While neither Skylake-X or Threadripper are likely the best choice for a pure Photoshop workstation, Photoshop is such a widely used application that we thought it would be useful to see just how well these two CPU lines perform.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on August 30, 2017 by Matt Bach

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 Premiere Pro.


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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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Revit 2018 Quadro GPU Comparison

Written on August 18, 2017 by William George

An analysis of NVIDIA Quadro GPU (video card) performance in Autodesk Revit 2018 using the RFO Benchmark.


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ReMake Quadro GPU Comparison

Written on August 4, 2017 by William George

An analysis of NVIDIA Quadro GPU (video card) performance in Autodesk ReMake, including a look at graphics memory usage and dual GPUs.


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ReMake GeForce GPU Comparison

Written on August 4, 2017 by William George

An analysis of NVIDIA GeForce GPU (video card) performance in Autodesk ReMake, including a look at graphics memory usage and dual GPUs.


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Unreal Engine 4.16 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, Broadwell-E, Skylake, Ryzen 7

Written on July 12, 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 Unreal Engine Editor.


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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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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, Broadwell-E, Kaby Lake, Ryzen 7

Written on July 5, 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 Photoshop.


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Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, Broadwell-E, Kaby Lake, Ryzen 7

Written on June 30, 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 Lightroom.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Comparison: Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, Broadwell-E, Kaby Lake, Ryzen 7

Written on June 26, 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 Premiere Pro.


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Revit 2017.2 CPU Comparison

Written on June 7, 2017 by William George

In this article we look at a wide range of Intel CPU (processor) options that you might consider in a workstation, to see how they compare in Revit 2017.2.


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Revit 2017.2 Quadro GPU Comparison

Written on June 7, 2017 by William George

In this article we look at NVIDIA Quadro GPU (video card) options that you might consider in a workstation to see how they compare in Revit 2017.2.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017 NVIDIA Quadro (Pascal) Performance

Written on April 18, 2017 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), NVIDIA's Quadro cards tend to be largely ignored by many PC hardware reviewers. In this article we will be looking at a range of NVIDIA Quadro Pascal video cards to see how they perform in Premiere Pro CC 2017.


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Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Mac Pro vs PC Performance

Written on April 14, 2017 by Matt Bach

A Mac Pro is not be best choice for Photoshop (even among Apple's offerings), but there are a number of users who use Photoshop as a secondary application in their workflow. In this article we will be examining how the top-end Mac Pro (late 2013) compares to two of our workstations.


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Should you use a Dual Xeon for Premiere Pro CC 2017?

Written on April 13, 2017 by Matt Bach

Dual Xeon workstations are often viewed as powerhouses that can churn through anything you throw at them. With recent changes in both hardware and software, however, it is actually faster and cheaper to use a single CPU workstation. In this article we will look at a number of single and dual CPU setups to show the real-world performance difference in Premiere Pro.