(Customer Happiness Engineer)

Bring On The New Year

Posted in Blog on 01/20/2017 by Brett Nordquist

The start to a new year is a good time to review your PC. Last weekend I pulled out my desktop PC and performed the following:


Featured: Case Study for Power Mechanical, Inc.

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/18/2017

Nick Reuter at Power Mechanical uses a Genesis I workstation from Puget Systems to handle heavy duty multi-tasking across a wide range of different applications and six monitors.


 (account manager)

Event Schedule For 2017

Posted in Blog on 01/17/2017

In 2017, our goal is to get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and find out what more we can do to optimize our systems and experience to those exact needs. That is why we are working with many user groups this year and have a big tradeshow calendar lined up. Are there any events that we should attend that aren't on this list? Let us know!


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

PCIe X16 vs X8 for GPUs when running cuDNN and Caffe

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/16/2017 by Dr. Donald Kinghorn

Does PCIe X16 give better performance than X8 for training models with Caffe when using cuDNN? Yes, but not by much!


SOLIDWORKS World 2017

Posted in Landing Pages on 01/12/2017 by Eric Brown

At SOLIDWORKS World this year we are excited to share with everyone the extensive testing and analysis we have done over the past year to optimize our systems for SOLIDWORKS users as well as those doing FEA simulation. If you'll be attending SWW17, be sure to swing by booth #201 and find out if your hardware is optimized for your workflow!


Premiere Pro 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/09/2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Premiere Pro performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


ANSYS Mechanical & Fluent Benchmark Analysis

Posted in Articles on 01/06/2017 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right hardware for your ANSYS Mechanical or ANSYS Fluent workstation can be a daunting task. In this article, we want to analyze some of the benchmark data available from ANSYS.com to help you to understand what kind of hardware should give you the best performance for the different ANSYS simulation software packages.


Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Lightroom performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of Photoshop performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


Z270, H270, Q270, Q250, B250 - What is the Difference?

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2017 by Matt Bach

Alongside the launch of Intel's new consumer Kaby Lake CPUs, there is also a whole new line of motherboard chipsets available. These six chipsets are divided into two separate categories: consumer and business. In this article, we will examine the features of each of the new chipsets to help you determine which is right for you.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of SOLIDWORKS performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


Z270 vs Z170: What is the Difference?

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2017 by Matt Bach

With the release of the first Skylake-S CPUs, Intel has also launched the new Z170 chipset. Unlike previous launches where Intel releases all the new chipsets and CPUs at the same time, this time only the top chipset and unlocked (K-series) CPUs will be available at launch.


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Kabylake vs Skylake for compute on Linux -- Linpack on Ubuntu 1610

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/03/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

OK, Intel Core-i7 7th gen Kabylake is out. Of course the first thing I want to do is drop a Core i7 7700K in a new Z270 based motherboard, install Linux and run a Linpack benchmark. You know, GFLOP/s and all that. We installed Ubuntu 1610 with a recent release of Intel MKL and fired up a few Linpack job runs. Read on for the not-so dramatic results.


Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2016

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2016 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 2016 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 2016.


Puget Systems 4th Quarter Newsletter

Posted in Blog on 12/28/2016 by Alicia Menson

Welcome to Puget Systems first quarterly newsletter! We want to share with you the new and exciting things that are happening with us.


Recommended Systems for Stock Trading

Posted in Featured Systems on 12/27/2016

Puget Systems has put together a system configured for stock trading that features multi-monitor support and our most reliable hardware


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

NVIDIA DIGITS with Caffe - Performance on Pascal multi-GPU

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/23/2016 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

NVIDIA's Pascal GPU's have twice the computational performance of the last generation. A great use for this compute capability is for training deep neural networks. We have tested NVIDIA DIGITS 4 with Caffe on 1 to 4 Titan X and GTX 1070 cards. Training was for classification of a million image data set from ImageNet. Read on to see how it went.


Adobe Lightroom 2015.8 Storage Performance Analysis

Posted in Articles on 12/22/2016 by Matt Bach

While what CPU or video card you should purchase tends to be at the forefront of any workstation hardware discussion, storage is often just as important. While there is little existing evidence that Lightroom benefits from particularly fast storage drives for your project files, considering how fast modern hardware has become we felt the need to look into it in more detail.


 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Reducing Distractions

Posted in Blog on 12/20/2016 by Brett Nordquist

A few years ago, the owner of Puget Systems told me about a product that had helped him focus on his work. I'd been feeling less productive and more distracted when trying to work, so I decided to install the application he recommended which is called Rescue Time. I installed the free version, and let it do its thing in the background.


Adobe After Effects CC 2017 Disk Cache Performance Analysis

Posted in Articles on 12/19/2016 by Matt Bach

Having a fast disk cache plays a very important role in After Effects, allowing you to store frames you have already rendered for playback at a later time. In this article we will be looking at how different speeds of cache drives impact the performance of After Effects.


 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

My 5 Favorite Products of 2016

Posted in Blog on 12/09/2016 by Brett Nordquist

With 2016 coming to end, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of my favorite products of the last year. I prefer products that seamlessly blend into my life. That means they shouldn't require a lot of updates or ask me to change my behavior very much in order to enjoy them. With that in mind, here are five of my favorite products of 2016:


 (Customer Service Lead)

Update Woes!

Posted in Blog on 12/07/2016 by Wilson Chau

I had a client who recently contacted me over the weekend in a bit of a panic because he had just upgraded to the latest Adobe Premiere CC 2017 and that caused him some grief.


Samsung 960 Pro vs 950 Pro Performance & Thermal Throttling

Posted in Articles on 12/01/2016 by Matt Bach

M.2 drives like the Samsung 960 and 950 Pro can give incredible performance, but under sustained loads they can get hot enough that the drive needs to throttle the performance to stay within safe temperature limits. In this article, we will not only compare the 960 Pro to the 950 Pro in terms of raw performance, but also in terms of how quickly each drive will throttle.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Giveaway

Posted in Landing Pages on 12/01/2016 by Jon Bach

Here at Puget Systems, we are cleaning out our shelves for end of the year, and we have 5 NVIDIA GTX 980 cards just sitting here. We want them to go to a good home for Christmas! We are giving away one each Friday in December.


Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 Storage Optimization

Posted in Articles on 11/30/2016 by Matt Bach

More than almost any other hardware component, the advice you will often see concerning how many and what kind of storage drive to use along with the best way to configure them is based either on anecdotal evidence or information that is vastly out of date. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of drive types and configurations to see what actually makes a difference when working in Premiere Pro.