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William George (Product Development)

How to Buy a Workstation with NVLink

Written on September 28, 2021 by William George

NVLink is a proprietary NVIDIA interconnect for high-speed communication between video cards. If you are considering NVLink for your next Puget Systems workstation, this post will help you decide if it is right for you and show you how to get it.


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Kari Heckenlively (Shipping Subject Matter Expert)

Going Paperless at Puget Systems

Written on April 22, 2021 by Kari Heckenlively

What changes can we make at Puget Systems to be a bit more gentle towards our planet? We are introducing one big change towards this goal.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Changes coming to the UnrealBench test suit

Written on February 5, 2021 by Kelly Shipman

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.


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Jared Lewis (Business Development)

Consultant's Corner: Building a Workstation for Blender

Written on August 12, 2020 by Jared Lewis

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.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Being Adaptable

Written on July 31, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

Being adaptable is a key tenet of any business. That is especially true when the needs of your customers can change pretty quickly.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Unexpected Data

Written on June 26, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

A lot of what we do in Labs is somewhat predictable. But what we are really looking for is the unexpected.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Progress Comes in Many Forms

Written on June 12, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

The benchmark continues to progress, and results are rolling in.


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Geno Rosario (Technology Consultant)

Managing Your Child's Internet Usage

Written on June 1, 2020 by Geno Rosario

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.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Dissecting the Unreal Engine 5 Demo

Written on May 15, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

The week, Epic revealed Unreal Engine 5. With it, a lot of new tech, and a lot of new questions.


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Jared Lewis (Business Development)

Ask a Consultant - Do I Need Dual CPUs for Photoshop?

Written on May 8, 2020 by Jared Lewis

Working with a Puget systems Technology Consultant can save a lot of time, and take a lot of headaches and worry out of the process of selecting a system.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

AutoIt & Arrays & Scripts, Oh My!

Written on April 17, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

Well, scripting has been kicked up a notch, and the training wheels are off. I dive deeper into AutoIT, and attempt to figure out arrays and networks.


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Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Out of the 3ds Max frying pan and into the AutoIt fire.

Written on April 10, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

I begin a decent into automation tools to build a installer for the benchmark tool.


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Wilson Chau (Customer Service Manager)

Adjusting to Working from Home - Wilson in Consulting

Written on April 7, 2020 by Wilson Chau

I wasn’t there, but I’m pretty certain when the principals of my kids’ school announced that school would be closed for a while, they cheered. Now a month into the school closures, they don’t appear to be too happy.


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Working Remotely Part 2

Written on March 22, 2020 by Brett Nordquist

Nearly seven years ago, I began working remotely when I moved my family from Auburn, Washington to St. George, Utah. I knew a few people who worked from home, but the practice wasn't as accepted by in 2013 as it is today. Given my background in software, I spent a few weeks researching the tools that I'd need to make the transition to a home office. That I worked for a tech-savvy manager and owner at Puget Systems, helped immensely, and both showed a lot of patience as I worked through gathering the right hardware and software tools to do my job.


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Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Real world benchmarks are about more than just competing for big numbers

Written on November 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

Over the last year, we have been hard at work improving, polishing, and making our internal benchmarks available to the general public. But why are we spending so much effort on this project? After all, this kind of development takes a significant amount of time, and is often much harder to do than you might realize since most applications are not made to be used in this manner.


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Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Will Artificial Intelligence End up Replacing Creatives?

Written on November 5, 2019 by Matt Bach

At events like Adobe MAX, NAB, or SIGGRAPH, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is always a hot topic. Creatives love what it is already doing to speed up or enhance their work, but there is almost always an underlying fear that one day, AI will replace them. Is that a valid worry, or is AI just a fad that will pass?


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Windows 10 Training Options

Written on September 22, 2019 by Brett Nordquist

I spend a good portion of my time speaking with customers. Many times, they just recently took delivery of their new computer, and they are getting acquainted with it. For some, this is their first experience with Windows 10 because they came from the Mac or an older version of Windows. One question I get asked often is: Where can I find good training on Windows 10?


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Spending More

Written on August 30, 2019 by Brett Nordquist

"What do I get if I spend more?" This question comes up quite frequently when I'm speaking with customers, especially if they are considering upgrading from an older computer. I believe most people are referring to "more" performance, but that's not always the case.


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

However Long It Takes

Written on April 26, 2019 by Brett Nordquist

Fresh out of college, I entered the workforce with a lot of enthusiasm, energy and the assumption that my education had taught me everything I needed to succeed. It didn't take long for me to realize I had a lot to learn, and that began one morning when my first manager called me into his office.


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William George (Product Development)

OctaneBench 2019 Performance Preview

Written on February 18, 2019 by William George

OTOY is nearing completion of OctaneBench 2019, the first version of their OctaneRender benchmark to support the new RTX technology in NVIDIA's Turing-based GeForce and Quadro video cards. We will do a full performance roundup when OB 2019 is finished, but for now I wanted to put out a quick preview of the performance increase that RTX tech can bring to GPU rendering.


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William George (Product Development)

Intels Core Xperiment i9 9990XE

Written on February 12, 2019 by William George

Intel launched a new processor in their Core X series recently, and it is novel in many ways. It combines a fairly high core count with very high clock speeds, at the cost of power consumption and high heat output. It also is very limited in availability, being offered only to select system integrators via a private auction. We got our hands on one in the first auction, and have been putting it through several rounds of benchmarking to see if it is worth the price and hassle, as well as to determine if we will be offering it in our workstations.


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William George (Product Development)

NVIDIA RTX Graphics Card Cooling Issues

Written on January 11, 2019 by William George

With the RTX series of GPUs, NVIDIA has moved to using dual fans as the standard cooling layout on their GeForce and Titan video cards. This is a big change from past generations and has even bigger implications for using NVIDIA graphics cards in multi-GPU workstations. Let's look at what changed, what it impacts, and what can be done to work around it.


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

My 5 Favorite Tech Accessories of 2018

Written on December 30, 2018 by Brett Nordquist

For the past five years, I've worked from home. At the end of each year, I like to go through my home office and clean and organize it to begin the new year. This is the time I clean out my computer, wipe down my monitors, and organize my desk and filing cabinet.


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Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Graphite Pads vs. Thermal Paste: Which Is Better?

Written on December 3, 2018 by Matt Bach

Rather than applying from a tube like thermal paste, graphite pads are sheets of material that you simply set on top of the CPU and throw on the heatsink. They work great, but unfortunately we found that they have issues if you try to reuse them multiple times.


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William George (Product Development)

Intel Announces New 9th Gen Core CPU Series

Written on October 8, 2018 by William George

Today Intel has officially announced the launch of new mainstream desktop processors, including the first Core i9 branded chip for this market segment. We are testing these processors now, and are excited about what we have found so far, but cannot publish performance data until October 19th.