Back in March 2020, I shared a blog post similar to many other companies at the time, that talked about the impacts of COVID-19 on our business. It feels like a lifetime has passed since then! It is time to give another update on what we're seeing in the technology industry, and what we are doing in response.
Earlier this year I wrote about AMD's comeback, as their processors were being included in more than half of the workstations we sold. It has been a few months now, marked by a lot of hardware shortages in this industry, so I wanted to revisit the situation and look at some additional metrics regarding CPU sales here at Puget Systems.
If you talk to any of my friends, they will tell you to not get me started talking about virtualization. I have done everything I can to virtualize every computer function in my home. Everything from my home automation, web server, media server, to the game servers I host for myself and friends.
Mark from our consulting team recently worked with a man working on animation projects for Disney. He was coming from the Mac and wanted to decrease his rendering times in Octane. Read on about how Mark tailored a workstation to meet his needs today and in the future.
How can we meet the news of a customer who has legacy software needs? Recently Jared faced this issue where a customer wanted to run an older version of Windows but also wanted a new system with older port options.
BIOS and CMOS issues are rare, but when they happen, they can be challenging to replicate and repair. Learn how Jeff helped one customer solve these issues on a workstation not purchased from Puget Systems.
Since our founding, more than twenty years ago, Puget Systems has offered a small selection of keyboards, mice, and other accessories for purchase and use with our computers. The exact categories and models we have carried changed over time, of course, but it was always just an assumed part of our business - after all, people need input devices, displays, backup drives, etc. But what if that isn't actually the best approach for our customers?
Back in 2015, we quietly dropped AMD processor options from our workstations. At the time, I wrote a post explaining what had happened, and ended it with a hope that AMD would come back someday with a more competitive CPU. That did, in fact, happen - and over the last couple of years we have seen them surge back into our product line with a vengeance!
The more we dive into Unreal, and talk with users, the more we learn what needs to change in our test suit. After a few rounds of testing, some shortcomings have been exposed, and some new features have become available. We'll go over the plan to fix these and ask if you have any additional suggestions.
Here are Puget Systems our product qualification team is constantly looking at new components to make our workstations better. Noctua recently released their NH-U12A, which is similar to the NH-U12S we have been using in many of our builds... but actually is more than it seems, in multiple ways. Here is an inside look at how we evaluated this new cooler, and how it will change the systems we build going forward.
I’m an avid gamer. It’s one of the things I love to do to pass the time late in my evenings after a good, solid bike ride out in the sun. One of the occasionally-hot topics of discussion at Puget with my friends here is which platform is the best one to game on.
A recent call from a customer came with a unique problem: She needed a system optimized to run Blender, a program that Puget Labs has not yet directly tested. Blender is an open-source application used for a host of content creation, from animation and visual effects, to virtual reality, rendering, and computer games.
Each of our voices may be small, but together we can make a difference, and we’re already seeing signs of that happening! This is a painful time for our country, but it is also a time of renewed hope, where we have a chance to grow and better live up to the principles on which this country was founded.
While the entire world has been in quarantine for the last few months, many of us have had to stay home with our kids out of school. For some, that means we’re working as they’re doing school work, or enjoying some of their free time online.