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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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Photoshop CC 2018 NVIDIA GeForce GPU Performance

Written on April 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

Adobe has been leveraging the power of the GPU in their software more and more, but is there any reason to spend money on an expensive video card for Photoshop?


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Puget Systems Adobe Photoshop CC Benchmark

Written on April 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run the free public Photoshop benchmark that we use in our internal testing.


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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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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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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

Photoshop may not be the best use case for these new 14, 16, and 18 core CPUs from Intel, but just how much worse are they compared to their lower core count counterparts?


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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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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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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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Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Written on March 2, 2017 by Matt Bach

Whenever there is a new generation of CPUs launched, the main question everyone wants to know is how fast they are. In the case of AMD's Ryzen, there are also a lot of questions surrounding how they compare to the offerings available from Intel. For quite a while now, Intel has held a dominant position in nearly every computing market but there is a lot of hype around Ryzen due to the fact that you can get eight CPUs cores for half the cost of an eight core Intel CPU.


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Photoshop CC 2017 NVIDIA Quadro GPU Performance

Written on February 15, 2017 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a lot of press and reviews, but unfortunately the professional cards such as the NVIDIA Quadro cards often get overlooked. In this article we will be looking at the current Quadro lineup to see how they perform in Photoshop.


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Photoshop CC 2017 NVIDIA GeForce GPU Performance

Written on February 15, 2017 by Matt Bach

Video cards often get a lot of press and reviews, 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 GTX 1000 series cards and the Pascal Titan X to see how they perform in Photoshop.


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How Much Faster is a Modern Workstation for Adobe Photoshop CC 2017?

Written on February 14, 2017 by Matt Bach

There is no doubt that a modern workstations are incredibly fast, but it can be difficult to determine how much of a performance gain you might see if you were to replace your 2,3,4, or 5 year old workstation. To try to answer this question as objectively as we can, we decided to benchmark five workstations using the highest end components over the past 6 years to see how they compare in Photoshop 2017


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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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Adobe Photoshop CC Multi Core Performance

Written on April 20, 2015 by Matt Bach

With hundreds of CPU models available, it can be a daunting task to determine which CPU will give you the best performance in Photoshop. In this article we will be examining the multi-threading capabilities of Photoshop CC to determine whether a CPU with a high frequency or a CPU with a high core count will give you the best possible performance.


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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Memory Optimization

Written on February 5, 2013 by Matt Bach

We at Puget Systems have always held the belief that a computer's hardware should be specifically tailored to match what the computer will be used for in order to maximize its effectiveness. Different programs make use of hardware in different ways, and knowing how the program behaves is important to determine what pieces of hardware need to be more powerful, and which are not as critical. In this article we want to determine if the speed and configuration of RAM affects the performance of Photoshop CS6 and if so by how much.


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Adobe Photoshop CS6 GPU Acceleration

Written on September 20, 2012 by Matt Bach

Photoshop CS6 utilizes the Mercury Graphics Engine to take advantage of the video card to vastly improve the performance of certain features, but there is currently very little information available regarding the performance of different video cards. In addition, the list of compatible cards from Adobe has not been updated to include the current NVIDIA 600-series video cards, which is further adding to the confusion of deciding which video card you should use for Photoshop CS6. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of video cards to find out if Photoshop is actually compatible with the NVIDIA 600-series, and exactly how much performance difference there is between a wide spectrum of video cards.