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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 2018 GPU Comparison: Monster (Sized) Model

Written on March 6, 2018 by William George

Following up on our previous article about SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU performance, we have been provided with an extremely complex assembly that finally shows some performance difference between low- and high-end video cards within the same family. Armed with this 4372 part, 40.9 million triangle model we ran through testing on multiple Quadro and Radeon Pro graphics cards to see how they handle such a monstrously large project.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU Comparison: What Is the Meaning of This?

Written on February 21, 2018 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. For this article I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro, GeForce, and Radeon Pro families at both 1080p and 4K resolutions - and quickly found that either things are now a lot simpler than in my past experience, or else something is no longer up to snuff regarding how we have tested SOLIDWORKS GPU performance in the past.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Network Rendering in Solidworks 2016

Written on December 31, 2015 by Matt Bach

If you have a subscription to Solidworks, you have access to a feature called network rendering which allows you to split up a render across multiple machines. In this article we will be examining how effective this is and comparing the performance to a dedicated Dual Xeon workstation that has been optimized for rendering.


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Why you should use a Quadro video card in Solidworks 2016

Written on December 22, 2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


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Solidworks 2016 NVIDIA Quadro 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 what video card you should use. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


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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.