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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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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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After Effects CC 2018 CPU Comparison: Intel 8th Gen vs X-series vs Ryzen vs Threadripper

Written on March 8, 2018 by Matt Bach

After Effects is a tricky application when it comes to choosing a CPU as there are many factors that come into play. Not only is there raw rendering performance, but the new integration with Cinema4D and even the amount of system RAM you need all play a role in determining what CPU is the ideal choice for your workflow.


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Lightroom Classic CC Version 7.2 Performance

Written on February 8, 2018 by Matt Bach

The initial release of Lightroom Classic CC gave us some great performance gains, but the Lightroom team is not done yet. With the new 7.2 update, we once again get some terrific performance improvements, this time with an emphasis on improved multi-core performance using high core count CPUs in a number of tasks.


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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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Lightroom Classic CC: is it faster than CC 2015?

Written on October 24, 2017 by Matt Bach

With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe is advertising performance improvements for a number of tasks including importing, generating smart previews, scrolling through images, and much more. In this article we will be running our Lightroom benchmark suite to see if Classic CC is actually faster than CC 2015.


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DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Scaling Analysis (1-4x Titan Xp)

Written on October 13, 2017 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known to greatly benefit from multiple GPUs, but is this still true or has the recent launch of Resolve 14 changed things?


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DaVinci Resolve 14 CPU Performance: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on October 13, 2017 by Matt Bach

While GPU performance is often the first thing that comes up when configuring a DaVinci Resolve workstation, the CPU is in many ways even more important. Modern CPUs from Intel and AMD can have up to 18 cores, but can DaVinci Resolve actually make use of them all?


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V-Ray RT 3.6 Hybrid Mode with AMD Threadripper 1950X and NVIDIA Titan Xp

Written on October 13, 2017 by William George

We've previously tested the new Hybrid Mode in V-Ray RT 3.6, which combines CPUs and GPUs in order to speed up rendering, on Intel's Skylake X processors. This time around we are going to test on AMD's Threadripper 1950X, and use even more powerful GPUs than before. We also take a look at GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs Titan Xp performance.


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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K

Written on October 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high CPU core counts to the point that a quad core CPU was the best you could get for raw performance. The new Coffee Lake-S 8th Gen CPUs from Intel have seen an increase in core count, but the question is whether After Effects will actually be able to make use of them.


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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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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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After Effects CC 2017.2 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

For years, After Effects has struggled to utilize high core count CPUs effectively. Will this hold true for the new 14, 16, and 18 core Intel CPUs, or will they give us a surprise?


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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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Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

Photoshop may not be the best use case for these new 14, 16, and 18 core CPUs from Intel, but just how much worse are they compared to their lower core count counterparts?


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Lightroom CC 2015.12 CPU Performance: Core i9 7940X, 7960X, 7980XE

Written on September 25, 2017 by Matt Bach

Lightroom contains a number of tasks that can utilize a decent number of CPU cores, but with Intel's new CPUs you can now have up to 18 physical cores on a single consumer CPU. Can Lightroom actually make use of all these additional cores?


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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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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.