Despite Intel directing the Xeon processor line toward specific types of computers - primarily servers and workstations - there has been some confusion over when they are the appropriate choice versus a more mainstream processor. I’ve had gamers ask about Xeons because they thought they were more powerful, and likewise I have had businesses ask about running servers on Core i7 processors. So when does a Xeon make sense, and what do they really bring to the table?
Another great GTC meeting. NVIDIA does this right! The most interesting aspects for me this year were the talks on "Deep Learning" (Artificial Neural Networks) and OpenPOWER. I have some observations and links to recordings of the keynotes and talks. Enjoy!
The Ford Mustang, Apple's iPhone and pretty much any Harley Davidson bike are a few products whose design is debated and aggressively deliberated among fans. Even the slightest design or spec change can send fans running for social media to discuss and debate. It's dangerous business messing with a classic. When you tell people your favorite Mustang is the '65 Fastback, you're drawing a line in the sand between the classic and the new. You stand for something and can defend your position. In fact, you probably search for opportunities to defend your choice.
I was recently in the market for a new tablet. I didn’t really need a new tablet, but when you have 3 kids fighting over two tablets, sometimes need and want are the same.
Puget Systems is pleased to offer the new lineup of Intel 750 series PCI-E SSDs! With amazing performance and great cooling, these are an excellent pick for a high performance PC or workstation.
Posted in Featured Systems on 03/26/2015
Asus System ESC8000 G3 3U Server 2x Intel Xeon E5-2660 V3 2.6GHz Ten Core 25MB 105W 8x Crucial DDR4-2133 16GB ECC Reg. (128GB Total) 8x NVIDIA Tesla K40 PCI-E 12GB (Passive)
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X isn't for everyone - no $1000 video card ever will be - but it has some very specific roles where it excels. Click here to read about what the Titan X is and what it does well at!
TITAN X is built for the most demanding gaming enthusiast. It combines the latest technologies and extreme performance of the new NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture in the fastest, most advanced graphics card on the planet.
Modern high-end laptops can be treated as desktop system replacements so it's expected that people will want to try to do some serious computing on them. Doing GPU accelerated computing on a laptop is possible and performance can be surprisingly good with a high-end NVIDIA GPU. [I'm looking at GTX 980m and 970m ]. However, first you have to get it to work! Optimus technology can present serious problems to someone who wants to run a Linux based CUDA laptop computing platform. Read on to see what worked.
Posted in Featured Systems on 03/11/2015
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.
All kinds of things come up during the build process. We check and double check. We tweak. We modify. We look for the perfect. Perfect builds take time and our standards are high. We want you to walk away feeling that every dollar you spent, every day you waited was absolutely worth it.
Buy any GeForce GTX 980 or 970 graphics card, or 980M or 970M notebook, and get a coupon that can be redeemed for The Crew™, Assassin’s Creed® Unity, or Far Cry® 4.
Posted in Featured Systems on 03/04/2015
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.
The next 18 months are going to see more shakeup and factioning in the computing world than we have seen in over a decade. Intel is pulling more and more of the compute architecture onto a single piece of silicon and tightly integrating the whole hardware stack. That's good and bad. It may let them achieve better performance. However, this is going to leave users with a choice of “all Intel” or something else entirely. And, the “something else” is starting to seriously take shape.
I thought I would take a minute and let you all know how Puget Systems is doing as a business and how our 2014 shaped up. How was 2014? In a word? Stunning.
Posted in Featured Systems on 02/13/2015
Asus Z10PE-D8 WS 2x Intel Xeon E5-2643 V3 3.4GHz Six Core 20MB 135W Crucial DDR4-2133 64GB ECC Reg. (8x8GB) 2x Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX DirectCU II OC Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey w/ Window
I've been a customer of DirecTV for just over 14 years. Yesterday, I called DirecTV and cancelled my account. To their credit, they didn't hassle me very much, and only read off a script a few times to remind me that DirecTV is better than anyone else. Let’s perform a little back of the napkin math: $100/month for 14 years comes out to just under $17,000. I've also recommended DirecTV to a number of friends and family bringing that total much higher.
If you are in the market for a new PC, you have likely had a taste of the huge variety of different Intel CPU models available. In addition to the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 brands it turns out that there are actual two or three different product lines within each of those brands - including "K", "S", and "T". In this article, we want to take a look at the S-series product line to determine how it differs from the standard line.
In the late 90s I had the opportunity to take a factory tour of the Porsche plant in Stuttgart Germany. I watched as engineers assembled engines by hand. The only automation I noticed was how parts were delivered to each work station by robotic carts. Our tour guide pointed out that each Porsche was built-to-order and that a number of models had long waiting lists. But it was an area near the end of the tour, just off the main assembly line that stood out to me that day. In this area were maybe a dozen or so women stitching together what looked to be large swaths of leather or canvas. Looking around the plant of such a high performance car company, this particular area felt antiquated. Another man in our tour group asked the tour guide why those women were not using commercial stitching machines.
At Puget Systems, we track a lot of data but one of the most important things we track is the failure rates of individual components. Reliability is of our primary values, so this data is invaluable for tracking both individual component, product line, and overall brand failure rates. With 2014 coming to a close, we thought we make public a bit of this data to let you know what hardware we found to be the most reliable in 2014.
I sat on a chair made for a Kindergartner in the back of a dark auditorium waiting for my daughter to perform at her school Christmas program. You can almost feel the nervous energy coming from the children and especially the parents like me who are not sure if their child remembered to bring their sheet music, instrument and every part of their costume including the reindeer antlers.
OK, you got one of the Intel “fire sale / crazy Eddie sale” Xeon Phi 31s1p cards … now what? I'll give you some tips on how to get this thing working!
As part of my job at Puget Systems, I speak with many of our customers at various stages of ownership that range from about a week to a couple of years. These customers often share feedback that we use to improve our products and services. Occasionally customers share what they wish they had done differently when they were configuring their computers. I share this information with our sales team, and figured it might be helpful to those of you considering a new computer today. So in the vein of "If I could do it all over again..." here are a number of items our customers would change if they could turn back time:
Workstation-class hardware like NVIDIA Quadro video cards tend to receive a really bad rap in the gaming community because the cost-to-performance ratio is not anywhere near as good as the GeForce cards that are designed and optimized specifically for gaming. Some have even gone to the point of claiming that you cannot play games on NVIDIA Quadro video cards at all! In this article we will examine the gaming performance of Quadro cards to see how they perform in a number of games.
If you have done a fresh install of CentOS 6.6 or “updated” to it from a 6.5 install and you are setting up NVIDIA CUDA 6.5 you may be having trouble with a failed build of the nvidia-uvm kernel module. Read on for a fix …
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