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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Photography?

Posted in Articles on 10/15/2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, and while many popular photo editing applications like Photoshop and Lightroom Classic technically have official support, many come with a note that there may still be performance issues. We want to test to see if performance in these applications is better on Windows 11 vs Windows 10, or if you should hold off on upgrading.


NAB Show / Adobe MAX Live Stream Extravaganza

Posted in Landing Pages on 10/13/2021 by Eric Brown

With the cancellation of NAB Show 2021 this year, we were eager to find other ways of connecting with you and partners this year. Luckily we only have a few more months until NAB Show 2022 until we can finally see everyone in person again. Until then, we are hosting a week of live streams getting together some of the most influential individuals in their respective industries. We will be hosting roundtable discussions on everything from filmmaking to artificial intelligence, motion graphics to VFX and virtual production.


Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Unreal Engine?

Posted in Articles on 10/08/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Windows 11 is finally here, however, Unreal Engine has not offered a specific update to support any new features of the OS. So what kind of performance could be expected as of the launch of Windows 11, without official support?


Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Rendering?

Posted in Articles on 10/08/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Windows 11 is finally here, however, many popular rendering applications like Redshift and V_ray have not officially offered support for the new OS. So what kind of performance could be expected as of the launch of Windows 11?


Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Video Editing?

Posted in Articles on 10/08/2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, although many popular editing applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects do not yet have full official support. But, is there a reason to go ahead and upgrade to Windows 11 for video editing even before full support is added?


How to Choose the Best Hardware for Multi-Frame Rendering in After Effects

Posted in Articles on 10/06/2021 by Matt Bach

The new Multi-Frame Rendering feature vastly improved performance in Adobe After Effects - often giving a 2-4x increase in performance. This feature allows Ae to take advantage of significantly more CPU cores, but how does that change what hardware is best for After Effects?


After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering GPU Performance Analysis

Posted in Articles on 10/06/2021 by Matt Bach

Multi-Frame Rendering is making its way into Adobe After Effects, often giving a 2-4x boost to performance with its greatly improved multi-threading capability. But while this will make higher core count processors more effective, how will it affect GPU performance?


After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering Processor Performance Analysis

Posted in Articles on 10/06/2021 by Matt Bach

Multi-Frame Rendering is making its way into Adobe After Effects, often giving a 2-4x boost to performance with its greatly improved multi-threading capability. Will this make higher core count CPUs, or platforms with more RAM bandwidth, worth it?


Windows 11 - Frequently Asked Questions

Posted in Articles on 09/30/2021 by William George

Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's consumer and professional operating system. Debuting in October 2021, it includes many user interface updates as well as various improvements under the hood. We've had a lot of questions from both new and existing customers about Windows 11, so we have compiled this FAQ to answer the most commonly asked queries.


How to Buy a Workstation with NVLink

Posted in Blog on 09/28/2021 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.


Puget Systems Warranty Services

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 09/23/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article covers the full scope of services Puget offers for in and out of warranty systems.


Windows 11

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/21/2021 by William George

Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's consumer and professional operating system. Debuting in October 2021, it includes many user interface updates as well as additional security improvements under the hood.


Featured: Case Study with EJ Hassenfratz from School of Motion

Posted in Featured Systems on 09/15/2021

Before EJ joined School of Motion, he was freelancing and teaching via tutorials on his Eyedesyn channel on YouTube as well as LinkedIn Learning and Cineversity. He sort of stumbled into creating tutorials, but by making them, he discovered how much he enjoyed the process of teaching, empowering, and encouraging artists.


Unreal 4.27 adds multi-GPU support for lightmass building.

Posted in Articles on 09/09/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Unreal Engine has very little use for multiple GPUs in a system. With the new 4.27 release, they've added Multi-GPU support for the GPU Lightmass plugin. But how does it work and is it worth the cost?


Jon Bach (President)

Puget Systems Capability and Supply Update

Posted in Blog on 09/08/2021 by Jon Bach

Back in March 2020, I shared a blog post similar to many other companies at the time, that talked about the impacts of COVID-19 on our business. It feels like a lifetime has passed since then! It is time to give another update on what we're seeing in the technology industry, and what we are doing in response.


Stuttering/Staggering Video Playback in Premiere Pro - Audio Settings

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/02/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Something in Adobe's software has changed recently and a number of our users are reporting an issue cause by the default audio device. If you are experiencing choppy or staggering playback the answer may be here.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

How-To: Make Ubuntu Autoinstall ISO with Cloud-init

Posted in HPC Blog on 09/01/2021 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This post will guide you through the process of creating an Ubuntu 20.04 (or newer) autoinstall ISO by modifying the default installer ISO. The install configuration will be done using cloud-init cloud-config method that is now used for the Ubuntu server installer.


Featured: Case Study with Ash Thorp from ALT Creative, Inc

Posted in Featured Systems on 08/23/2021

Ash Thorp started ALT Creative, Inc with his spouse several years ago. Their primary reason for starting a company on their own was to assume more control and direction over their creative work and careers. As owners, they can take on projects that allow them to expand their creative efforts while offering a wider range of services to their clients.


Thunderbolt Security, to the rescue(BIOS)

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 08/18/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

When Gigabyte boards Thunderbolt security is set 'just right' it can prevent daisy chaining or audio transmission. This article will explain the different security protocols as well as how to fix if you've encountered issues with Daisy Chaining or audio transmission.


Why Can’t I Write Files to My Drive

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/17/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Trouble writing files to drive due to permissions, authenticated users, and often AV software. This guide will detail how to resolve the error in most cases.


Episode 89 - Live Q&A w/ Jonathan Winbush - Founder @ Winbush Immersive

Posted in News on 08/04/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week we have the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Winbush, award-winning motion graphics designer and founder of Winbush Immersive. With over a decade of experience working in a wide arrange of mediums from traditional television to newer tech like virtual, augmented, and mixed reality WINBUSH continues to push the limits of what can be accomplished with a little creativity.


Cables: Active or Passive, Which is Best

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 08/04/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

We hear the terms 'active' and 'passive' attributed to cables and equipment all the time. But what does it mean? Which one is better? Which one do you really need? We clarify the difference and explain how to choose between them.


Episode 88 - Live Q&A w/ The Labs Team; Discussing Xeon W-3300 Performance Testing Results

Posted in News on 07/29/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week we're hosting a round table talk to discuss the recent Intel Xeon-W launch with our entire Labs Team. We'll be going over performance testing, where it might fit into our product line, and, as always, we'll be taking questions from YOU the audience! At Puget Systems, we do a LOT of testing. We believe that computers should be a pleasure to purchase and own. They should get your work done, and not be a hindrance. To do that, they need to be the right hardware for the job. We take it on as our mission to test and validate the industry's most popular applications, ensuring the software runs properly, and that our hardware is optimized for performance.


Linux Live Environment

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/29/2021 by Terrell Barnes

Puget provides a Tools USB with a plethora of tools preinstalled. One of the most useful is the Linux Live Environment so if you're wondering how to access or use it, check this out!


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Intel Ice Lake Xeon-W vs AMD TR Pro Compute Performance (HPL, HPCG, NAMD, Numpy)

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/29/2021 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The single socket version of Intel third generation Xeon SP is out, the Ice Lake Xeon W 33xx. This is a much better platform with faster large capacity 8 channel memory and PCIe v4 with plenty of lanes. The new Intel platform is very much like the AMD Threadripper Pro (single socket version of EPYC Rome) so this is the obvious comparison to make. Read on to see how the numerical computing testing went!