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Lightroom Classic CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 10/16/2019 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has changed dramatically over the last few years, with improved multithreading support and the recent addition of GPU acceleration. But exactly how much of a difference is there between the latest processors from both Intel and AMD? Does the higher core count on the new Ryzen CPUs make a difference?


Hyperthreading & SMT causing low performance in Lightroom Classic

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/10/2019 by Matt Bach

On certain Intel and AMD processors, it is possible to see up to a 90% increase in performance when exporting and generating smart previews by disabling Intel Hyperthreading (HT) or AMD Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). What CPUs are known to be affected, and what are the current workarounds for this issue?


Premiere Pro Initial Troubleshooting Guide

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/08/2019 by Ben Nelson

Wondering where to start when you have a sudden crash, error, or issue while editing? It can be tricky to determine if your issues are hardware related, application caused, or project specific. This article covers where to start in your troubleshooting by testing controlled variables that affect your editing experience in Premiere Pro.


Nvidia Drivers Are Now Included In The SRU, Here's How To Keep Up To Date!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/02/2019 by Ben Bohnen

It is no secret that installing the lasted Nvidia drivers can be a bit of a pain. In this article, we will be covering how to install Nvidia drivers via the command line and the GUI.


Puget Systems at Adobe MAX 2019

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/30/2019 by Eric Brown

In 2019, our continued goal is to get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and what the cutting edge technologies are being used those workflows. What better place to do that than Adobe MAX?


How To Change Your Default Audio Device

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/25/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 provides a few different ways to adjust the default audio device, configure system events and change input/output devices. We are now able to change the default audio device using the settings app as well as straight from the taskbar. No more digging through numerous screens just to switch from headphones to speakers or back. In this article we will guide you through the process and explain why you should use which path.


Webinar: The State of GPU Rendering in 2019

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/24/2019 by Eric Brown

In this 40 minute webinar, William George will give an overview of where GPU-based rendering engines are at, where they are going, and what hardware will work best with them. OctaneRender, Redshift, and V-Ray Next will be used as primary examples, with some mention of other engines as well. There will be a brief Q&A time at the end.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Windows 10 Training Options

Posted in Blog on 09/22/2019 by Brett Nordquist

I spend a good portion of my time speaking with customers. Many times, they just recently took delivery of their new computer, and they are getting acquainted with it. For some, this is their first experience with Windows 10 because they came from the Mac or an older version of Windows. One question I get asked often is: Where can I find good training on Windows 10?


Leave it ON!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/20/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

To leave it on, to turn it off. That is the question. This discussion has bounced around tech enthusiasts, novices and tech professionals yet no one seems to be able to firmly agree. Well today Puget is taking a side!


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Workstation Setup for Docker with the New NVIDIA Container Toolkit (nvidia-docker2 is deprecated)

Posted in HPC Blog on 09/13/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

It's time for a "Docker with NVIDIA GPU support" update. This post will guide you through a useful Workstation setup (including User-name-spaces and performance tuning) with the new versions of Docker and the NVIDIA GPU container toolkit.


Webinar: How To Choose The Right Hardware For DaVinci Resolve

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/09/2019 by Eric Brown

In this 45 minute webinar, Matt Bach will go over all the individual parts that go into a workstation, explaining what each does and how DaVinci Resolve uses them. We will help you separate fact from fiction and make you aware of "marketing buzzwords" that are either misleading or flat-out lies.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Spending More

Posted in Blog on 08/30/2019 by Brett Nordquist

"What do I get if I spend more?" This question comes up quite frequently when I'm speaking with customers, especially if they are considering upgrading from an older computer. I believe most people are referring to "more" performance, but that's not always the case.


Sharing Files Between Windows 7 and Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/28/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 HomeGroup is gone, for good. Which means we need to find an alternative. In this article we will guide you through sharing files, printers and other resources with local network users.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP3: AMD Ryzen 3 vs Intel 9th Gen Core

Posted in Articles on 08/28/2019 by William George

AMD recently launched an updated generation of their mainstream Ryzen processors, with increases to both core count and clock speed / per-core performance. We've already tested these chips on a wide range of applications, and now it is time to look at how they handle a professional engineering program: SOLIDWORKS.


Does PCIe Gen4 improve GPU performance in video editing apps?

Posted in Articles on 08/27/2019 by Matt Bach

PCIe Gen4 is finally here with twice the theoretical bandwidth of PCIe Gen3. But with the current Gen4 motherboards and video cards, does the extra bandwidth actually matter for video editing applications like Premiere Pro, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve?


Premiere Pro GPU Roundup: NVIDIA SUPER vs AMD RX 5700 XT

Posted in Articles on 08/26/2019 by Matt Bach

While the CPU still does most of the heavy lifting, depending on how many accelerated effects you use, having a more powerful GPU can sometimes make a significant impact on performance. With both AMD and NVIDIA recently launching a number of new video cards, it is time to once again see how different GPU models perform in Premiere Pro.


Puget Systems DaVinci Resolve Studio Benchmark

Posted in Articles on 08/26/2019 by Matt Bach

Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run our DaVinci Resolve Studio benchmark that we use in our internal testing!


Featured: Case Study with Bellevue Dental Care

Posted in Featured Systems on 08/23/2019

Dr. Minnoch has been providing dental care to his patients for over 22 years and is no stranger to utilizing the latest tools and technology in his dental practice. He has chosen workstations and servers from Puget Systems to meet the needs of his modern dental practice.


What is the most reliable hardware in our Puget Systems workstations?

Posted in Articles on 08/21/2019 by Matt Bach

Here at Puget Systems, our goal is not only to provide the fastest workstations possible, but the most reliable as well. As a part of our constant drive to offer only the highest quality components possible, we track and regularly review the failure rates for each part we carry. Today, we want to give a bit of a peak at how reliable different types of hardware are in our workstations.


DaVinci Resolve GPU Roundup: NVIDIA SUPER vs AMD RX 5700 XT

Posted in Articles on 08/21/2019 by Matt Bach

More than any other NLE, having a fast GPU (or multiple GPUs) is incredibly important in DaVinci Resolve. With both AMD and NVIDIA recently launching a number of new video cards, it is time to once again see what the best GPU is for Resolve.


V-Ray Next CPU Performance: Intel Xeon W-3200 Series Processors

Posted in Articles on 08/21/2019 by William George

Intel updated their workstation-oriented Xeon W processor line recently, using technology from the high-performance Xeon Scalable series. This means more cores in a single-socket platform than Intel has offered before, and since high core count usually translates to fast rendering speeds we are taking a look at how these new CPUs stack up in V-Ray Next.


Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Performance: Intel Xeon-W 3200 Series Processors

Posted in Articles on 08/21/2019 by William George

Intel updated their workstation-oriented Xeon W processor line recently, using technology from the high-performance Xeon Scalable series. This means more cores in a single-socket platform than Intel has offered before, and since high core count usually translates to fast rendering speeds we are taking a look at how these new CPUs do in Cinema 4D's native renderer.


Video Editing Performance with Intel Xeon W-3200 Series Processors

Posted in Articles on 08/21/2019 by Matt Bach

While the choice between using an Intel X-series or Intel Xeon W processor is often decided by more than straight-up performance, it is still useful to know exactly how much performance you might be losing in order to gain Xeon-exclusive features like 64 PCI-E lanes or Reg. ECC memory support. To that end, in this post we will be benchmarking the Intel X-series, Intel Xeon W-3200, as well as the AMD Threadripper processors in a range of applications including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve.


Matt Bach Talks 8K Video Editing at SIGGRAPH

Posted in News on 08/21/2019 by Eric Brown

Our own senior hardware analyst, Matt Bach, gave a presentation at PNY’s booth at SIGGRAPH 2019 on 6K to 8K editing workflows and what you need to be able to handle it.


V-Ray Next Multi-GPU Performance Scaling

Posted in Articles on 08/20/2019 by William George

One of the big advantages of GPU-based rendering is that you can easily put multiple video cards inside a single workstation. How much benefit does each additional card provide for V-Ray Next, though? We put four GeForce RTX 2080 Ti video cards to the test to find out!