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AMD Threadripper and (1-4) NVIDIA 2090Ti and 2070 for NAMD Molecular Dynamics

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/14/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In my recent testing with the AMD Threadripper 29090WX is was impressed by the CPU based performance with the molecular dynamics program NAMD. NAMD makes a good benchmark for looking at CPU/GPU performance since it requires a balance and is usually limited by CPU. After some discussions I decided it would be good to look at multi-GPU performance with NAMD on Threadripper.


Puget Systems & Intel Holiday Giveaway

Posted in Landing Pages on 12/13/2018 by Eric Brown

We're partnering up with Intel this holiday season to give away THREE workstations, each with an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU. Intel's Core i9-9900K processor has an incredible balance of both speed (up to 5GHz) and cores (8 cores). Follow the steps below to enter to win!


Premiere Pro CC 2019 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD vs Mac

Posted in Articles on 12/13/2018 by Matt Bach

In addition to being one of the more important choice, getting the right CPU is also one of the more complicated decisions when configuring a Premiere Pro workstation. Unlike applications like Photoshop and After Effects where there is a relatively clear "best" CPU, in Premiere Pro there are reasons to use a wide range of processors depending on your budget and what you are doing. But which should you use in your system?


Testing Dynamic Local Mode on AMD Threadripper 2970WX - Rendering

Posted in Articles on 12/12/2018 by William George

Dynamic Local Mode is a new feature on AMD's biggest Threadripper processors. These CPUs have cores grouped internally, some with direct access to system memory and some which have to communicate through those other cores to access data in memory. DLM prioritizes running code on the cores which have a direct line to the memory, helping to improve performance in situations where not all of the cores are in use. How does that translate to real-world workloads, though? Let's take a look at two CPU-based rendering applications and see how the 24-core 2970WX behaves with this feature on and off.


Testing Dynamic Local Mode on AMD Threadripper 2970WX - Photogrammetry

Posted in Articles on 12/11/2018 by William George

Dynamic Local Mode is a new feature on AMD's biggest Threadripper processors. These CPUs have cores grouped internally, some with direct access to system memory and some which have to communicate through those other cores to access data in memory. DLM prioritizes running code on the cores which have a direct line to the memory, helping to improve performance in situations where not all of the cores are in use. How does that translate to real-world workloads, though? Let's take a look at two photogrammetry applications and see how the 24-core 2970WX behaves with this feature on and off.


DaVinci Resolve 15 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD vs Mac

Posted in Articles on 12/10/2018 by Matt Bach

Unlike most other applications used in the video post-production process, DaVinci Resolve relies much more on the power of your video card(s) than it does on your processor. However, you do need enough CPU power to keep up with your GPU(s) and there are still some aspects of Resolve (like the Fusion tab) where the CPU is more important. In this article, we will be looking at a wide range of processors from Intel and AMD including the Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen, and AMD Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU lines. In addition, we will be comparing them to a current Mac Pro 12 Core and iMac Pro 14 Core for those that are curious about how much faster a PC workstation can be compared to a Mac.


Lightroom Classic CC 2019 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD

Posted in Articles on 12/10/2018 by Matt Bach

With the sheer number of choices available, choosing even just the right CPU for your Lightroom workstation can be a daunting task. In this article, we are going to be benchmarking a wide range of processors from Intel and AMD including the Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen, and AMD Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU lines to help you decide which model makes the most sense for your new workstation.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

AMD Threadripper 2990WX 32-core vs Intel Xeon-W 2175 14-core - Linpack NAMD and Kernel Build Time

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/06/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

I recently wrote a post about building and running AMD Threadripper 2990WX with HPL Linpack - a "How-To". Most of the time I had with the processor went into getting that to work. However, I did run a few other test jobs that I thought the 2990WX would do well with. I compared that against my personal workstation with a Xeon-W 2175. In this post I share those test runs with you. It's not thorough testing by any means but it was interesting and I was surprised a couple of times with the results.


Puget Systems Adobe After Effects CC Benchmark

Posted in Articles on 12/05/2018 by Matt Bach

Updated for Photoshop CC 2019! Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run the free public Photoshop benchmark that we use in our internal testing.


After Effects CC 2019 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD vs Mac

Posted in Articles on 12/05/2018 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right hardware for your new After Effects workstation can be overwhelming with hundreds or thousands of different hardware components to choose from. In this article, we are going to be benchmarking - using our newly released Puget Systems After Effects CC Benchmark - a wide range of processors from Intel and AMD including the Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen, and AMD Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU lines. In addition, we will be comparing them to a current Mac Pro 12 Core and iMac Pro 14 Core for those that are considering going with a Mac-based workstation rather than a PC.


Photoshop CC 2019 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD vs Mac

Posted in Articles on 12/05/2018 by Matt Bach

Finding a CPU that not only fits your budget, but will also give you the best performance for your dollar can be a daunting task. In this article, we are going to be benchmarking a wide range of processors from Intel and AMD including the Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen, and AMD Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU lineups to see how they performance in Photoshop CC 2019. In addition, we will be comparing them to a modern Mac Pro 12 Core and iMac Pro 14 Core for those that are considering going with a Mac-based workstation rather than a PC.


 (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Graphite Pads vs. Thermal Paste: Which Is Better?

Posted in Blog on 12/03/2018 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.


 (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How to Run an Optimized HPL Linpack Benchmark on AMD Ryzen Threadripper -- 2990WX 32-core Performance

Posted in HPC Blog on 11/30/2018 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores is an intriguing processor. I've been asked about performance for numerical computing and decided to find out how well it would do with my favorite benchmark the "High Performance Linpack" benchmark. This is used to rank Supercomputers on the Top500 list. It is not always simple to run this test since it can require building a few libraries from source. This includes the all important BLAS library which AMD has optimized in their BLIS package. I give you a complete How-To guide for getting this running to see what the 2990WX is capable of.


Useful Software Utilities

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/20/2018 by Ben Nelson

Puget Systems support department utilizes several applications to help troubleshoot our computers. Some of the popular applications we keep in our tool belt include: Openhardware Monitor, WhoCrashed, WinDirStat, and Ccleaner.


Pix4D 4.3 GPU Comparison: GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti

Posted in Articles on 11/20/2018 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. A new version, 4.3, was released recently - so we have tested multiple projects across the new GeForce RTX series of video cards, as well as the previous generation, to see which graphics card performs the best.


V-Ray: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, & 2080 Ti GPU Rendering Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/16/2018 by William George

V-Ray is a hybrid rendering engine that can run on both CPUs and GPUs, depending on the version that is used. The current benchmark only measures CPU and GPU performance separately, though, and while that is not ideal or a perfect match for how the modern V-Ray Next engine performs it can still be helpful to look at when comparing GPU rendering performance. Let's see how NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti cards stack up against the previous generation.


Premiere Pro CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/15/2018 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro works very well with Intel's X-series processors, but the new models that just came out only have a small frequency bump and no increase in core count. Is this enough to increase performance in Premiere, or is there no reason to use one of these new models?


Pix4D 4.3 CPU Comparison: Intel 9th Gen Core & X-series vs AMD Ryzen & Threadripper

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to 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. A new version, 4.3, was released recently - so we have tested multiple projects across a wide range of CPUs to see what hardware performs the best.


Photoshop CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by Matt Bach

The new Intel Core X-series Processors have been launched without an increase in core count, but there has been a small frequency bump and a native fix for Spectre & Meltdown. Do these minor changes allow them to keep up with the more moderately priced Intel Core i9 9900K, or are they no faster than the previous generation models?


Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has been improving performance with higher core count CPUs, but interestingly enough, the new Intel Core X-series Processors do not have an increase in core count. They do have a small frequency bump and a native fix for Spectre & Meltdown, but is that enough to make them faster than the previous generation processors in Lightroom Classic?


After Effects CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by Matt Bach

The new Intel Core X-series Processors are here and while they do have a small frequency bump and a native fix for Spectre & Meltdown, they do not have any more cores than the previous generation. However, After Effects is not as well threaded as it used to be, which means that the lack of a core count increase is unlikely to be a problem.


DaVinci Resolve 15: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve is a very GPU-intensive program which limits the amount of performance a higher-end CPU can give you. Depending on the amount of GPU power you have, even a mid-range CPU could perform the same as a more expensive CPU which begs the question: will the new Intel X-series CPUs be any faster than the previous generation?


V-Ray: Intel X-series Refresh CPU Rendering Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by William George

Intel just updated their X-series processor line, with new models using 9XXX numbering to match the recent 9th Gen Core Series launch a few weeks ago. The main improvements are small clock speed increases along with fixes for some of the CPU exploits discovered in recent years. In this article, we will look at how these new chips compare to existing Intel and AMD processors when rendering in V-Ray.


Cinema 4D: Intel X-series Refresh CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 11/13/2018 by William George

Intel just updated their X-series processor line, with new models using 9XXX numbering to match the recent 9th Gen Core Series launch a few weeks ago. The main improvements are small clock speed increases along with fixes for some of the CPU exploits discovered in recent years. Cinema 4D uses a blend of performance factors, with clock speed being important for modeling, animation, and physics simulation while core count is king when it comes to rendering. Let's see how these new chips compare to other options from both Intel and AMD.


Must Have Gear for Filmmakers & Photographers | 2018 Edition

Posted in News on 11/12/2018 by Jeremy Thomas

In this video, Sam and Niko with Corridor Digital talk about some of their recommendations for must have gear for Filmmakers & Photographers. Sam and Niko also explain how Puget Systems workstations accelerated their workflow, allowing them to decrease their processing and render times, as well as our Lifetime Support that is included with every computer.