(HPC and Scientific Computing)

Install NVIDIA CUDA on Fedora 22 with gcc 5.1

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/19/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Fedora 22 is full of new goodness like kernel 4.0 and gcc 5.1 and yes, you can install and run CUDA on it! It’s not officially supported but I did manage to get it working!


 (Customer Service Lead)

Gaming PC Hardware Recommendations - Spring 2015

Posted in Blog on 05/18/2015 by William George

Recommendations for PC gaming computers, covering the four main components that affect performance: CPU, RAM, drive, and video card


Intel CPUs: Xeon E5 vs. Core i7

Posted in Articles on 05/15/2015 by Matt Bach

As we move more and more of our workstation systems to Xeon CPUs, we sometimes get asked why we are using server CPUs instead of the "faster" Core i7 CPUs. In this article we will be going over what makes Xeon E5 and Core i7 CPUs different and whether one is actually faster than the other.


Adobe Lightroom CC/6 CPU Multi-threading Performance

Posted in Articles on 05/12/2015 by Matt Bach

With hundreds of CPU models available, it can be a daunting task to determine which CPU will give you the best performance in Lightroom. In this article we will be examining the multi-threading capabilities of Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 to determine whether a CPU with a high frequency or a CPU with a high core count will give you the best possible performance.


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

5 Ways of Parallel Programming

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/12/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Modern computing hardware is all about parallelism. This is because we essentially hit the wall several years ago on increasing core clock frequency to speedup serial code execution. The transistor count has continued to follow Moore’s Law (doubling every 1.5-2 years) but these transistors have mostly gone into multiple cores, vector units, memory controllers, etc. on a single die. To utilize this hardware, software needs to be written to take advantage of it, i.e. you have to go parallel.


Intel Game Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/12/2015 by Jon Bach

Buy a PC from Puget Systems with Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and get a free software bundle!


AMD DiRT Rally Promo

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/11/2015 by Jon Bach

With an AMD FX processor and RadeonTM R9 Series graphics, racing fans will feel every inch of the road. Can you remain in control as you hurtle along dangerous roads at breakneck speed, knowing a single crash could be the end?


 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Elegance in Simplicity

Posted in Blog on 05/08/2015 by Brett Nordquist

Shortly after my wife and I moved into our first house, I decided to build out a home theater. I spent months researching receivers, speakers, and cables. A number of friends chimed in with suggestions. Once I felt confident with my configuration, I began acquiring each component, piece by piece. With the help of an audio-savvy friend, I finally got my theater up and running. I even remember the first DVD I watched was the Eagles: When Hell Freezes Over because it was available in DTS. As those first few chords of Hotel California echoed through my home, I felt excited and relief that it was over.


Intel Content Creators

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/07/2015 by Jon Bach

Puget Systems has teamed up with Intel to power content creators! Photo and video work can place significant demands on your workstation. Puget Systems is a leader in providing high quality, high performance PCs, ideal for this work. We are providing a prize desktop and laptop for the Intel contest, and have provided the contest judges, Andy Best and Renee Robyn, with PCs of their own.


NVIDIA Witcher 3 and Batman Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 05/05/2015 by Jon Bach

For a limited time, get two of the most anticipated titles of the year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman Arkham Knight with a qualifying purchase of GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980.


Estimating CPU Performance using Amdahls Law

Posted in Articles on 05/04/2015 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right CPU for your system can be a daunting - yet incredibly important - task. The shear number of different models available makes it difficult to determine which CPU will give you the best possible performance while staying within your budget. In this article we will be looking at a way to estimate CPU performance based on a mathematical equation called Amdahl's Law.


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The HPC Podcast

Posted in HPC Blog on 05/01/2015 by Chris Stephens

Puget Systems is proud to sponsor a project called The HPC Podcast. Check out this blog post to see what it is about and where to find it.


 (Mr. Customer Service)

Why Are Your Computers So Expensive?

Posted in Blog on 05/01/2015 by Jeff Q. Stubbers

"Why are your systems so expensive?" I run into this question from time to time. It is understandable I suppose, since so many computer companies have worked to make their systems cheaper and cheaper to make them more appealing to a number of folks. As one company does this, then another company will attempt to do the same with a slightly lower price than the other in an effort to compete in that market.


 (Customer Service Lead)

Windows 7? Ultimate no longer...

Posted in Blog on 04/23/2015 by William George

Windows 7 Ultimate is no longer available, and we have some details on the beginning of the end for this great operating system.


Featured: Recommended Systems for Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Featured Systems on 04/20/2015

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.


Adobe Photoshop CC CPU Multi-threading Performance

Posted in Articles on 04/20/2015 by Matt Bach

With hundreds of CPU models available, it can be a daunting task to determine which CPU will give you the best performance in Photoshop. In this article we will be examining the multi-threading capabilities of Photoshop CC to determine whether a CPU with a high frequency or a CPU with a high core count will give you the best possible performance.


 (Customer Service Lead)

Why to Choose a Xeon

Posted in Blog on 04/07/2015 by William George

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?


 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

GTC 2015 Deep Learning and OpenPOWER

Posted in HPC Blog on 04/06/2015 by Dr. Donald Kinghorn

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!


 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

My Impressions of Windows 10 Technical Preview

Posted in Blog on 04/05/2015 by Brett Nordquist

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.


 (Customer Service)

The Best Time to Purchase a PC

Posted in Blog on 04/02/2015 by Wilson Chau

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.


Intel 750 SSDs

Posted in Landing Pages on 04/02/2015 by Jon Bach

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.


Featured: 40 Tflops 3U rackmount using eight Tesla K40s

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)


Configuring Bitlocker in Windows

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/25/2015 by Christopher Crader

A TPM module allows you to encrypt your hard drive with Microsoft Bitlocker. This article shows you how to set up Bitlocker in Windows.


 (Customer Service Lead)

Titan X - What is it and who is it for?

Posted in Blog on 03/18/2015 by William George

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!


NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X

Posted in Landing Pages on 03/17/2015 by Jon Bach

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.