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 (Customer Service Lead)

Chassis Size Comparison Video

Posted in Blog on 02/11/2016 by William George

Video overview of the standard cases used for Puget Systems computers, as of early 2016. Narrated by William.


 (Manager, Sales & Service)

The HPC Podcast #12 -- Intel Python (and Supercomputing 15!)

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/11/2016 by Chris Stephens

Don and I sit down after a holiday hiatus to talk about an interesting development. Intel has announced they are going to maintain a build of Python. Good news for a language that has been around for a long time. We also discuss our time at Supercomputing 2015 and FPGAs.


Microsofts Windows 10 Push

Posted in Blog on 02/05/2016 by Richard Falk

As many of you have noticed, Microsoft has been pushing really hard to get people to upgrade to it's latest operating system. This is a blog post I wrote to present my take on why they are trying so hard.


SOLIDWORKS World 2016

Posted in Landing Pages on 01/29/2016 by Eric Brown

It's our first year at SOLIDWORKS World and we are excited to share with everyone the testing and analysis we have done over the past few months to optimize our systems for SOLIDWORKS users. If you'll be attending SWW16, be sure to swing by booth #327 and say hi!


Recommended Systems for Solidworks

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/26/2016

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of Solidworks to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Solidworks users.


 (Customer Service Lead)

Boot Time Comparison

Posted in Blog on 01/26/2016 by William George

How quickly a computer boots up doesn't always correspond to how much processing power the system has, or how fast the system drive is. This blog talks a little about what contributes to both faster and slower boot times, with a video comparison.


Saving the Windows System Event Viewer Log

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/20/2016 by Christopher Lee Crader

This guide discusses how to save the System Event Viewer log in Windows 7 and Windows 10 for use in troubleshooting.


Recommended Systems for Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/20/2016

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of Adobe Photoshop to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Photoshop users.


Recommended Systems for AutoDesk AutoCAD

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/20/2016

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.


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Xeon E5v3 All Core Turbo and Amdahl's Law

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/08/2016 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Intel E5 v3 processors will run at "All Core Turbo" under load if properly cooled. This "clock" measurement is a better predictor of theoretical performance than base clock. We present a table of CPU performance at "all-core-turbo" using different parallel scaling factors from Amdhal's Law. We have a dynamic graph that will show how much performance you lose when your parallel scaling is less than perfect. Just because your dual socket 16-core system shows all 32 cores at 100% doesn't mean your problem is running 32 times faster!


NVIDIA Tomb Raider Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 01/07/2016 by Jon Bach

For a limited time, get Rise of the Tomb Raider(TM) FREE when you buy a GeForce GTX 970 or above graphics card or 970M or above notebook.


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

What is Machine Learning

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/06/2016 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Machine Learning is getting a lot of attention these days and with good reason. There are mountains of data to work with and computing resources to handle the problems are easily attainable. Even a single GPU accelerated workstation is capable of serious work.


NVIDIA VR Ready

Posted in Landing Pages on 01/05/2016 by Jon Bach

GeForce GTX graphics cards provide a powerful next-generation platform for the ultimate immersive virtual reality experience. Rigs and cards marked with "GeForce GTX VR Ready" ensure that your VR games will be optimized with a best-in-class GPU.


Solidworks 2016 CPU Performance: Skylake-S vs Haswell-E/EP

Posted in Articles on 12/31/2015 by Matt Bach

Intel has a number of different CPU product lines available which are currently primarily using one of two different CPU architectures. In this article we will be looking at how much of a difference the architecture makes to help determine if there is a performance advantage to using one line over another.


Network Rendering in Solidworks 2016

Posted in Articles on 12/31/2015 by Matt Bach

If you have a subscription to Solidworks, you have access to a feature called network rendering which allows you to split up a render across multiple machines. In this article we will be examining how effective this is and comparing the performance to a dedicated Dual Xeon workstation that has been optimized for rendering.


Recommended Systems for Bitplane Imaris

Posted in Featured Systems on 12/30/2015

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.


 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

What I Wish I Had Known Part 2

Posted in Blog on 12/29/2015 by Brett Nordquist

A little over a year ago, I wrote an article titled, "What I Wish I Had Known" that included specific feedback customers shared with me shortly after taking delivery of a new Puget Systems computer. Since that time I've talked to hundreds, if not thousands of customers, who have passed along more feedback that might be valuable to those who are configuring or considering a new computer. With that in mind, here are a few more items our customers would change, if they could go back in time:


 (Mr. Customer Service)

Traverse Pro Battery Maintenance

Posted in Blog on 12/28/2015 by Jeff Stubbers

The batteries in our Puget Traverse Pro are lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Throw out everything that you thought you knew about battery charging. Lithium-ion batteries are a completely different animal from how other types of batteries work and are charged, maintained, and stored.


Most Reliable Hardware of 2015

Posted in Articles on 12/28/2015 by Matt Bach

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 2015 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 2015.


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Intel Python Preview

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/23/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Intel is working on an optimized Python! I did a quick test with the preview version and it looks good.


Using a GeForce GPU in Solidworks 2016

Posted in Articles on 12/22/2015 by Matt Bach

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. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


 (President)

Small Business Singularity

Posted in Blog on 12/20/2015 by Jon Bach

I'm going to coin this transformation as the "small business singularity." If you're a science fiction fan like me, you might already be familiar with the idea of a technology singularity. In a small business, this transformation happens when the founder is no longer the sole source of initiative in the business.


 (Customer Service Lead)

AMD - Where have all the processors gone?

Posted in Blog on 12/17/2015 by William George

A brief overview of what has happened with AMD desktop processors here at Puget Systems, over the last several years.


Solidworks 2016 NVIDIA Quadro Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/16/2015 by Matt Bach

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. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


Solidworks 2016 Multi Core Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/16/2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding how many CPU cores it is able to effectively utilize. In this article we will be looking at the multi-threaded portions of Solidworks to determine whether having a high core count CPU is worth the investment.