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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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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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.


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Kolor Autopano Video Pro 2.6 CPU Comparison

Written on April 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

In this article we are going to look at a wide range of Intel CPU options that you might consider in a video editing workstation to see exactly how they compare in Autopano Video Pro 2.6.


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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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SOLIDWORKS 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. While most reviews focus on gaming performance with a smattering of production benchmarks, in this article we will be looking exclusively at how Ryzen performs in SOLIDWORKS.


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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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Is CPU Overclocking in Solidworks 2017 worth it? (i7-7700K)

Written on January 31, 2017 by Matt Bach

Overclocking your CPU can result in higher performance in Solidworks, but there are a number of risks you run when doing so. In this article we will be benchmarking Solidworks 2017 with an overclocked Intel Core i7 7700K CPU to determine exactly how much better performance you can achieve while also presenting the main downsides associated with overclocking.


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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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ANSYS Mechanical & Fluent Benchmark Analysis

Written on January 6, 2017 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right hardware for your ANSYS Mechanical or ANSYS Fluent workstation can be a daunting task. In this article, we want to analyze some of the benchmark data available from ANSYS.com to help you to understand what kind of hardware should give you the best performance for the different ANSYS simulation software packages.


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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 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 Lightroom 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 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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SOLIDWORKS 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 SOLIDWORKS 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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What is Aggregate CPU Frequency and why is it wrong?

Written on October 3, 2016 by Matt Bach

While not yet a common term, over the past year or so we have started to see a rise in the usage of the term "Aggregate CPU Frequency" as a way to estimate the performance between different CPU models. While at first glance this term seems reasonable enough, in the majority of cases it is unfortunately going to be inaccurate and wrong.


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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison

Written on September 6, 2016 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right CPU for you Premiere Pro workstation can be a difficult task with dozens of different options to choose from. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of single and dual CPU options that should give the best performance in Premiere Pro to see exactly how fast each configuration actually performs in the real world.


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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 Premiere Pro CC 2015 Multi Core Performance (Update1)

Written on June 8, 2016 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro is often touted as greatly benefiting from high core count CPUs. In this article we will be benchmarking the multi-threading capabilities of Premiere Pro CC 2015 to determine exactly how well it actually is able to utilize high core count CPUs.


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Keyshot Multi Core Performance

Written on April 14, 2016 by Matt Bach

Keyshot is a CPU-based rendering engine that is able to utilize a high number of cores to achieve maximum performance. In this article we will be performing testing to determine just how effective Keyshot is at using multiple cores to determine what CPU models will give you the best rendering performance.


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NVIDIA Iray CPU Scaling

Written on April 13, 2016 by Matt Bach

While Iray is primarily a GPU-based rendering engine, there is some interesting performance ramifications from using a high core count CPU. In this article we will be examining in detail how the CPU can affect Iray performance with different video card combinations.


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Mental Ray Multi Core Performance

Written on March 30, 2016 by Matt Bach

Mental Ray is a CPU-based rendering engine that is able to utilize a high number of cores to achieve maximum performance. In this article we will be performing testing to determine just how effective Mental Ray is at using multiple cores to determine what CPU models will give you the best Mental Ray performance.


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Solidworks 2016 CPU Performance: Skylake-S vs Haswell-E/EP

Written on December 31, 2015 by Matt Bach

Intel has a number of different CPU product lines available which are currently primarily using one of two different CPU architectures. In this article we will be looking at how much of a difference the architecture makes to help determine if there is a performance advantage to using one line over another.


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Solidworks 2016 Multi Core Performance

Written on December 16, 2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding how many CPU cores it is able to effectively utilize. In this article we will be looking at the multi-threaded portions of Solidworks to determine whether having a high core count CPU is worth the investment.


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Is CPU Overclocking in Solidworks 2016 worth it?

Written on December 16, 2015 by Matt Bach

Overclocking your CPU can result in higher performance in Solidworks, but there are a number of risks you run when doing so. In this article we will be benchmarking Solidworks with an overclocked CPU to determine exactly how much better performance you can achieve while also presenting the main downsides associated with overclocking.


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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.