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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 9th Gen Intel Core Processors good for video editing?

Written on October 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

Intel's new 9th Gen Core Processors include both a small frequency bump and an increase in core count. Due to these improvements, these CPUs fare extremely well in video editing applications, performing close to 20% faster than the i7 8700K in many Adobe applications.


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Premiere Pro CC 2018: Core i7 9700K & i9 9900K Performance

Written on October 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

We tend to use either Intel's X-series or AMD's Threadripper CPUs for Premiere Pro due to their higher performance, but with Intel's new 9th Gen CPUs sporting up to 8 cores, it will be very interesting to see how they fare in Premiere Pro.


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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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Premiere Pro CC 2018: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti Performance

Written on October 1, 2018 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro CC utilizes the GPU to enhance performance for a number of tasks but it is often more important to get the right CPU than it is to get a faster GPU. NVIDIA's new RTX series cards have general performance increases like you would expect, but much of what makes these cards interesting are the addition of two new features: 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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Premiere Pro CC 2018: AMD Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X Performance

Written on September 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

In the past, AMD's Threadripper CPUs have fared very well in Premiere Pro, but fell behind their Intel counterparts by the slimmest of margins. With the new 32 core Threadripper 2990WX and 16 core 2950X, will AMD finally overtake Intel as the best value for Premiere Pro users?


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Video: H.264 Hardware Acceleration in Adobe Media Encoder - Good or Bad?

Written on August 2, 2018 by Matt Bach

At first glace, the recent addition of "hardware acceleration" when exporting to H.264 and H.265 in Media Encoder and Premiere Pro provides a huge boost in performance for many users. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect technology and result in lower quality video than using the standard "Software only" mode.


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Premiere Pro CC 2018: Performance improvements for RED footage in version 12.1.2?

Written on August 1, 2018 by Matt Bach

Among the updates notes for Adobe Premiere Pro CC July 2018 (version 12.1.2) was a small note of "Performance improvements for decoding RED Camera Formats". The question is, does this update dramatically increase performance if you work with RED footage or is it just a minor update that doesn't actually affect most users?


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Premiere Pro CC 2018: NVIDIA GeForce vs AMD Radeon Vega

Written on August 1, 2018 by Matt Bach

AMD vs NVIDIA is typically a very hot topic for PC enthusiasts and we often get requests to compare AMD's Radeon Vega video cards to their NVIDIA GeForce counterparts. Premiere Pro is able to take better advantage of the GPU than most other Adobe applications, but will AMD or NVIDIA give you more bang for your buck?


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Premiere Pro CC 2018: iMac Pro & Mac Pro vs PC Workstation

Written on May 15, 2018 by Matt Bach

Apple may have had a stranglehold on video editing workstations for many years, but with 4K, 6K, and even 8K footage being used more and more, many are starting to jump ship in favor of a PC workstation. Most people know that they can get more out of a PC, but just how much faster is a PC versus a Mac Pro or iMac Pro in Premiere Pro?


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Premiere Pro CC 2018 Workstation GPU Performance

Written on February 16, 2018 by Matt Bach

If your workflow depends on having 10-bit color support on your primary display, using a workstation graphics card is typically the only way to do so since most consumer cards do not support displaying 10-bit color. But do you really need a Quadro P6000 or can you use a much less expensive card like the Quadro P4000 or Radeon Pro WX 9100 without sacrificing very much performance?


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Premiere Pro CC 2018 GPU Performance: NVIDIA Titan V 12GB

Written on February 7, 2018 by Matt Bach

The NVIDIA Titan V is an interesting and powerful card with a mix of features that should improve performance and features that are completely unused by Premiere Pro. The raw power of this card makes it the fastest GPU we've testing for Exporting, but it unfortunately is not quite as impressive when it comes to Live Playback performance.


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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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Premiere Pro CC 2017.1.2 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

With up to 18 physical cores, Intel's new Skylake-X CPUs are very impressive from a technological perspective. Can Premiere Pro put all those cores to use, or would you be better off with a lower cost processor with fewer cores?


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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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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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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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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.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017 NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB Performance

Written on April 11, 2017 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the Titan Xp to see how it perform compared to the GTX 1080 ti and previous Titan X video cards in Premiere Pro CC 2017.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017 Mac Pro vs PC Performance

Written on March 20, 2017 by Matt Bach

In this article we will be examining how the top-end Mac Pro (late 2013) compares to two of our Premiere Pro workstation configurations. These two PC workstations were designed to represent both a great value option (priced at roughly half the cost of the Mac Pro) as well as the best overall performance possible with modern hardware.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Performance

Written on March 15, 2017 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1080 TI to see how it perform compared to the GTX 1080 and Titan X video cards in Premiere Pro CC 2017.


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Premiere Pro CC 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Written on March 3, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Ryzen CPUs from AMD, 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 Premiere Pro performance by examining how the new Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X perform compared to their Intel counterparts.


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Premiere Pro 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 9, 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 Premiere Pro 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 Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 Storage Optimization

Written on November 30, 2016 by Matt Bach

More than almost any other hardware component, the advice you will often see concerning how many and what kind of storage drive to use along with the best way to configure them is based either on anecdotal evidence or information that is vastly out of date. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of drive types and configurations to see what actually makes a difference when working in Premiere Pro.


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