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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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Does the CPU Matter for OctaneRender?

Written on June 8, 2018 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, so the bulk of the processing it does is carried out on the video cards in a system. Different processors and motherboards can impact the number of cards that can fit in a single system, but do they matter beyond that? Does the CPU itself have any impact on rendering speed/performance?


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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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Agisoft PhotoScan 1.4.1 - CPU Performance Comparison

Written on May 11, 2018 by William George

PhotoScan makes heavy use of the central processor (CPU) in a computer to run many of the calculations involved in turning still images into a 3D model or map. Different steps in that process utilize the CPU in various ways, though, so we are looking at how several Intel and AMD processors compare in this application.


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Agisoft PhotoScan 1.4.1 - CPU and GPU Preferences

Written on May 3, 2018 by William George

PhotoScan makes use of both the CPU and GPUs (video cards) in a computer, during different steps of the photogrammetry workflow. One of the configuration options within this program also allows the CPU to be utilized during steps that are primarily performed on the GPU - and it is enabled by default. However, we have found in our testing that this option usually hampers performance more than it helps!


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DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Scaling: Core i9 vs Xeon W vs Dual Xeon SP

Written on March 6, 2018 by Matt Bach

Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve is known for how well it utilizes multiple GPUs to improve performance, but is this still true with cards like the new NVIDIA Titan V? And do you really need a Xeon or Dual Xeon setup to get the best performance possible?


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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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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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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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Arnold for Maya CPU Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in Arnold?


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Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in Cinebench?


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V-Ray CPU Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in V-Ray?


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KeyShot 7 CPU Comparison: New 14, 16, and 18-core Skylake-X Processors

Written on September 25, 2017 by William George

Intel has launched new, higher core count Skylake-X processors. Can they take back the performance crown from AMD's Threadripper in Keyshot?


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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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Core i7 7820X vs Core i9 7900X: Do PCI-E Lanes Matter For GPU Rendering?

Written on September 11, 2017 by William George

Benchmark results demonstrating that PCI-Express x8 vs x16 speeds don't impact GPU rendering performance.


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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.