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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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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.


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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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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.