Hardware reviews sometimes report wildly different results for the same CPU. What is going on that is causing some reviews to see higher or lower performance than others?
For a long time I helped customers here at Puget Systems select the right hardware for their computers, but I didn't apply a key principle that I used at work to my own builds. Realizing that, I want to share this insight with other PC enthusiasts.
Plenty of reviews show you can get higher performance by using faster memory, so why are we limiting our workstations to DDR4-2666?
Sometimes you find excellent customer service in the most unlikely places. That's what I'd like to tell you about today. Just over four years ago, I left the state of Washington for the desert of southern Utah. In addition to trading the mild Seattle climate for the scorching summers of Utah, I was now on the hook to pay state income tax. Washington finds a way to get their pound of flesh through higher sales and property taxes, but completing my end-of-year accounting was easier in Washington because all I had to worry about was Federal taxes.
I'm not a professional photographer and neither is my wife. Heck, we're not even amateur photographers either. I'd say we're more social photographers. Beyond the occasional spur of the moment, all our pictures are from special occasions like our kid's birth, vacations, birthday parties, etc. I'd imagine many of you are similar. We've amassed thousand of photos throughout the years, and our current method of backing those up is burning them to a DVD. There has to be a better way.
I was recently working on a video project at home when the power suddenly went out. While this is a not common occurrence where I live, it was great to have an Uninterruptible Power Supply save the day and give me time to do a proper save then system shutdown.
Whenever I'm feeling confident that I'm successfully contributing to raising five children, my 13-year old daughter does something to jolt me back to reality. That the was the case this week as I sat in the car and gently honked the horn as a reminder she was going to be late for dance practice.
Every time a new generation of CPUs is announced, I see a number of people writing about how they think it will be faster (or slower) than current technology because of the advertised specifications. CPU specs alone don't tell the whole story, though, and comparing core count and clock speed across different brands or generations of processors is extremely misleading. Stop doing it!
I got in line at the Starbucks' drive-thru yesterday for my iced caramel macciato. While waiting, I noticed a familiar scene play out. This is a scene I've watched dozens of times since Tesla placed a Supercharger station in the Starbuck's parking lot: Tesla owners chatting with each other.
We test a lot of software here at Puget Systems, and in most cases what we are looking for is what hardware lets a given program run the fastest - or in some cases, what is the most cost effective. If you can get 95% of the best possible performance for half the price that it would cost to get a full 100%, for example, that is often a compelling way to go. However, ANSYS Mechanical (and FLUENT) present a different challenge: how can you get the best performance within the limitations of the ANSYS licensing model?
Over the past few years, customers have asked us to recommend a service for sharing large files. In the past I've recommended Dropbox to those sending files under 2GB. But what if you need to send a really large file, say a 50GB file? And what if you need to send that 50GB file to five people in different locations?
I was recently having some issues with my cable internet and TV. At first, the cable box would periodically freeze and we'd be unable to change the channel. About the same time, the internet would cut out as well too. At first, it was only happening a couple of times a week. Eventually, it started happening a couple times a day.
There's nothing quite like a fresh install of Windows. It takes time. It takes patience. And, at least once during the process, I want to strangle someone at Microsoft. Once I've updated all my device drivers and let Windows Update do its thing, I launch into a fresh, unadulterated Windows desktop. it's the equivalent to that new car smell. You know it's not going to last more than a week or two, but you might as well enjoy it while it lasts!
I didn't realize what I'd got myself into when I volunteered to put a slideshow together for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. I asked my father to send me some of his earliest pictures so I could scan them. A few days later two large manilla envelopes full of old Polaroids arrived. When I asked if he could send a few recent pictures, he sent a USB stick that contained over 10,000 pictures.
AMD is releasing a whole spectrum of new CPUs this year, from the consumer oriented Ryzen to the server-class Epyc. In response, Intel has accelerated their normal processor release cadence and is putting out new products across the board as well. We are here to explain a bit about what is going on, what to look forward to, and whether it is worth waiting for.
To our readers: If you would permit me, I would like to use the blog for my own purposes. From time to time, I would like to write to my team, currently the 36 people who call Puget home. Why don't I simply email each of them instead of publishing here? I want these letters to be a stake in the ground, and there is no better way to commit than to say it publicly. I hope you enjoy these letters as well, as they provide a little peak behind the curtain.
If you enjoy good coffee and are traveling through the southwesternmost corner of Utah, you'll have to stop at Jazzy's. You'll find they make a great cup of coffee, but you won't find their website. They don't have one. No drive-thru either.