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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/19/2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes recently updated SOLIDWORKS 2019 with its first service pack (SP1), and we did a roundup of Intel CPUs looking at how they perform in this popular engineering application. We found that both core count and clock speed play a role different aspects of SOLIDWORKS performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


OctaneBench 2019 Performance Preview

Posted in Blog on 02/18/2019 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.


Swapping your Front Panel in a Fractal R5

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/13/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the Front Panel in the Fractal Define R5. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


Intels Core Xperiment i9 9990XE

Posted in Blog on 02/12/2019 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.


Pix4D 4.3: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/12/2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a 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, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. Both core count and clock speed play a role in Pix4D performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


 (Customer Experience Engineer)

Creating vs. Consuming

Posted in Blog on 02/10/2019 by Brett Nordquist

One benefit that computers and the internet have brought to us is that they have made it easier than ever before to be creators.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Intel CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2019 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 series processors to see how they compare across a wide variety of tasks within SOLIDWORKS.


Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks making it one of the fastest CPUs currently available.


After Effects CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it should actually be among the fastest CPUs to use for After Effects as it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks.


Premiere Pro CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. This unique processor is able to run at 5.0 GHz even when all the cores are being used which should make it among the fastest processors currently available for Premiere Pro.


Photoshop CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While Photoshop typically does not take advantage of higher core count CPUs, the unique thing about this processor is that it is can run at up to 5.1 GHz which should allow it to give terrific performance in Adobe Photoshop CC.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Quadro GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/06/2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. To see how this new mode affects GPU performance, I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro P and RTX series at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Hardware Guide

Posted in Landing Pages on 02/06/2019 by Jeremy Thomas

Download Your Free Guide to "Choosing the Right Hardware for SOLIDWORKS 2019"!


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

RTX Titan TensorFlow performance with 1-2 GPUs (Comparison with GTX 1080Ti, RTX 2070, 2080, 2080Ti, and Titan V)

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/30/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

I've done some testing with 2 NVIDIA RTX Titan GPU's running machine learning jobs with TensorFlow. The RTX Titan is a great card but there is good news and bad news.


Windows 10 1809 update disabling OC

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/30/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

X79-X399 system are seeing overclock disabled by W10 KB4100347. Microsoft, in an attempt to resolve the Spectre/Meltdown concerns, have released a number of updates and this one just happens to disable Overclocking on certain platforms. This article will explain the issue along with what you should do about it.


 (Customer Experience Engineer)

Making a Connection with your Customer

Posted in Blog on 01/25/2019 by Brett Nordquist

Around Thanksgiving last year, I decided to take advantage of a sale at a popular online gaming company. After researching various titles I might enjoy, I settled on a game and purchased it through the store. The game installed fine, but wouldn't allow me to start a new game. I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to troubleshooting games. Games should be a break from work. I enjoy a good RPG such as Diablo that I can play with my sons or daughters. When this new game wouldn't launch, I searched Google for help, but after a few hours, I hadn't made any progress.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Numerical Computing Performance of 3 Intel 8-core CPUs - i9 9900K vs i7 9800X vs Xeon 2145W

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/25/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll take a brief look at the numerical computing performance of three very capable 8-core processors -- i9 9900K, i9 9800X and Xeon 2145W All three are great CPU's but there are some significant differences that can cause confusion. I'll discuss these differences and see how the processors stack up when running Linpack and NAMD molecular dynamics simulations.


Windows 10 1903 Feature Update

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/23/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 version 1903 will release soon, and with it comes a new 'feature' they are referring to as "reserved storage". This reserved storage will ensure proper performance and successful updates, hopefully eliminating the possibility of another data loss like the 1809 update fiasco.


Replacing a HDD/SSD in Fractal R5

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/23/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the HDD/SSD in the Fractal Define R5. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


Replacing a Power Supply (PSU) in the Fractal R6

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/23/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the Power Supply (PSU) in the Fractal Define R6. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


Replacing a GPU in the Fractal R6

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/16/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the GPU in the Fractal Define R6. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


NVIDIA NVLink Bridge Compatibility Chart

Posted in Articles on 01/15/2019 by William George

Using NVLink requires a physical bridge between two identical NVIDIA graphics cards, but several models of bridges have been sold with different branding. Which versions work with which GeForce, Titan, and Quadro graphics cards?


Helpful Hints for Wireless Devices & Peripherals

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/15/2019 by Jon Allman

As manufacturers offer more devices and peripherals that are wireless, we have seen an increase in the number of our customers who report running into various communication / connection issues with such devices. In this article, I will provide some general information about wireless connections, share common causes for these issues, and offer some solutions.


OctaneRender 4.00: NVIDIA GeForce & Titan RTX GPU Rendering Performance Roundup

Posted in Articles on 01/14/2019 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, utilizing the CUDA programming language on NVIDIA-based graphics cards. An update to their benchmark, OctaneBench 4.00, was recently released - so we gathered most of the current and recent GeForce and Titan series video cards and tested them to see how they perform in this version of OctaneRender.


Redshift 2.6.22: NVIDIA Titan RTX Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/14/2019 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, compatible with NVIDIA's CUDA graphics programming language. We recently saw how GeForce RTX cards perform in this renderer, but now the Titan RTX is out with a staggering 24GB of memory onboard. That sounds great for rendering complex 3D scenes, but how does it actually perform? And are there any caveats?