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7 Things to Do with Your New Computer

Posted in Blog on 06/25/2015 by William George

I am sometimes asked by customers what they should make sure to do with a new computer before they start using it heavily for work or play. I put together a list of what I consider the basics that just about everyone would benefit from doing, and will share it here.


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The HPC Podcast #8 -- Phi Blowout, SuperVessel and Pain

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/23/2015 by Chris Stephens

Episode #8 of The HPC Podcast, sponsored by Puget Systems. In this episode we discuss the amazing deal on Phi and Parallel Studios, the new -- and free -- OpenPOWER R&D platform and our personal versions of pain.


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Xeon Phi 5110p and Free Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Edition

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/22/2015 by Dr. Donald Kinghorn

Another amazing deal on Xeon Phi from Intel! This time you can get a 90% discount on a Phi 5110p and get the Intel Parallel Studio Cluster edition with a 1 year license for free.


Computers with Windows 10

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/21/2015 by Jon Bach

Puget Systems is pleased to announce that our line of hand-built, custom PCs are ready for Windows 10. New Windows 10 Pre-Sales will start the week of July 29. This is by far the easiest way to get Windows 10 if you’re ready to purchase a new PC. Configure a Puget Systems PC with Windows 10 now!


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The HPC Podcast #7 -- An update on Xeon Phi

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/19/2015 by Chris Stephens

Don and I give you an update on Xeon Phi and make the argument: developers should be tinkering with it NOW!


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Worth the Wait

Posted in Blog on 06/18/2015 by Brett Nordquist

"Our coffee is roasted each Tuesday." It was Wednesday and I was out of my favorite coffee from Blue Bottle. Add in shipping and I'd have to wait for another week and a half. I considered another brand, but that didn't last long. I decided it was worth the wait for what I consider to be the best. Most companies I do business with take the opposite approach of Blue Bottle: their business is built around speed. Need a Diet Coke? The McDonald's drive-thru is fast. If I need a pizza delivered ASAP I'll call Domino's. Lenscrafters promises eyeglasses in about an hour. And I can't recall the last time I took my car to the dealer to have the oil changed. Speed sells. It's that simple. Of course, there are some services where speed isn't a virtue. For example, I am not interested in the fastest or least expensive lasik surgeon.


Intel Xeon Phi 5110P Special

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/12/2015 by Jon Bach

Buy a workstation or server from Puget Systems with Intel Xeon Phi 5110P, and get a 90% discount on the cost of the Intel Xeon Phi 5110P, and a FREE 1 year license of Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition!


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GTX 980 Ti Linux CUDA performance vs Titan X and GTX 980

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/12/2015 by Dr. Donald Kinghorn

NVIDIA has just launched the GTX 980 Ti and I got to run some benchmarks on one. How is the Linux CUDA performance? Almost as good as the TitanX! This is another great card from NVIDIA for single precision compute loads. We've got some number to show it.


Featured: Recommended Systems for Adobe Lightroom

Posted in Featured Systems on 06/10/2015

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of Adobe Lightroom to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Lightroom users.


Featured: Recommended Systems for Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Featured Systems on 06/10/2015

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of Adobe Photoshop to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Photoshop users.


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The HPC Podcast #6 -- Intel buys Altera

Posted in HPC Blog on 06/08/2015 by Chris Stephens

In this episode, Chris and Don explore the recent acquisition of Altera, by Intel for $16.7 billion in cash. The possibilities for developers are interesting, and the implications for OpenPOWER even more so.


Featured: Recommended Systems for Bitplane Imaris

Posted in Featured Systems on 06/07/2015

Puget Systems has worked extensively with both our existing customers as well as Bitplane sales representatives and application scientists to configure a pair of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Imaris users.


Featured: Recommended Systems for AutoDesk AutoCAD

Posted in Featured Systems on 06/07/2015

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of AutoDesk AutoCAD to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of AutoCAD users.


NVIDIA Batman Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/02/2015 by Jon Bach

For a limited time, get the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Batman™: Arkham Trilogy with qualifying purchases of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, 970, or 960 GPU, or 970M or above notebook.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Posted in Landing Pages on 06/01/2015 by Jon Bach

Ti. The most powerful two letters in the world of GPUs. When paired with our flagship gaming GPU–GeForce GTX 980–it gives you incredible new levels of performance and capabilities. GTX 980 Ti is accelerated by the groundbreaking NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture to deliver an unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience. With 2816 NVIDIA® CUDA® cores and 6 GB of memory, it has the horsepower to drive whatever comes next.


Malware and Virus Removal Guide

Posted in Support Software Guides on 05/28/2015 by Richard Falk

Here at Puget Systems Support, we find that people have trouble with popups, malware, or viruses from time to time. We have created these two guides to walk you through removing those offenders using free tools available online.


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Install NVIDIA CUDA on Fedora 22 with gcc 5.1

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/19/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Fedora 22 is full of new goodness like kernel 4.0 and gcc 5.1 and yes, you can install and run CUDA on it! It’s not officially supported but I did manage to get it working!


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Gaming PC Hardware Recommendations - Spring 2015

Posted in Blog on 05/18/2015 by William George

Recommendations for PC gaming computers, covering the four main components that affect performance: CPU, RAM, drive, and video card


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HPC Podcast #5 -- The Afternoon Ramble

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/15/2015 by Chris Stephens

We typically record our podcast in the mid-morning -- when we are awake and can produce a coherent thought. Not today. Enjoy.


Intel CPUs: Xeon E5 vs. Core i7

Posted in Articles on 05/15/2015 by Matt Bach

As we move more and more of our workstation systems to Xeon CPUs, we sometimes get asked why we are using server CPUs instead of the "faster" Core i7 CPUs. In this article we will be going over what makes Xeon E5 and Core i7 CPUs different and whether one is actually faster than the other.


Adobe Lightroom CC/6 CPU Multi-threading Performance

Posted in Articles on 05/12/2015 by Matt Bach

With hundreds of CPU models available, it can be a daunting task to determine which CPU will give you the best performance in Lightroom. In this article we will be examining the multi-threading capabilities of Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 to determine whether a CPU with a high frequency or a CPU with a high core count will give you the best possible performance.


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5 Ways of Parallel Programming

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/12/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Modern computing hardware is all about parallelism. This is because we essentially hit the wall several years ago on increasing core clock frequency to speedup serial code execution. The transistor count has continued to follow Moore’s Law (doubling every 1.5-2 years) but these transistors have mostly gone into multiple cores, vector units, memory controllers, etc. on a single die. To utilize this hardware, software needs to be written to take advantage of it, i.e. you have to go parallel.


Intel Game Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/12/2015 by Jon Bach

Buy a PC from Puget Systems with Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and get a free software bundle!


AMD DiRT Rally Promo

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/11/2015 by Jon Bach

With an AMD FX processor and RadeonTM R9 Series graphics, racing fans will feel every inch of the road. Can you remain in control as you hurtle along dangerous roads at breakneck speed, knowing a single crash could be the end?


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Elegance in Simplicity

Posted in Blog on 05/08/2015 by Brett Nordquist

Shortly after my wife and I moved into our first house, I decided to build out a home theater. I spent months researching receivers, speakers, and cables. A number of friends chimed in with suggestions. Once I felt confident with my configuration, I began acquiring each component, piece by piece. With the help of an audio-savvy friend, I finally got my theater up and running. I even remember the first DVD I watched was the Eagles: When Hell Freezes Over because it was available in DTS. As those first few chords of Hotel California echoed through my home, I felt excited and relief that it was over.