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A quick look at Titan V rendering performance

Posted in Blog on 12/12/2017 by Matt Bach

The latest in the Titan line is here, bringing along with it a very hefty price tag. We just got our first cards in and while we will be doing more in-depth testing in the near future, we wanted to take a look at some preliminary GPU-based rendering results.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

The Tarantula Hawk

Posted in Blog on 12/10/2017 by Brett Nordquist

"My report is on the tarantula hawk. Can you read it and look for mistakes?" My son handed me a sheet of well-worn paper with thick lines and plenty of space for a fourth grader to write. I took a red marker in hand and began reading about the tarantula hunting wasp.

NVIDIA Titan V Surprise

Posted in Blog on 12/08/2017 by William George

NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, dropped a bit of a bombshell at the NIPS conference yesterday: the launch - and immediate availability - of the next graphics card in NVIDIA's Titan series. It is called the Titan V, with V referring to the new Volta architecture it is based on. So what can we expect from the latest entry in the Titan lineup?

How to choose a UPS backup

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 12/07/2017 by Penny Dycus

An uninterruptible power supply, also called a UPS system or UPS battery back up, protects connected equipment from power problems and provides battery backup power during outages. Some UPS systems also regulate abnormal voltages.

How To Prevent The Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Software From Launching On Startup

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/04/2017 by Samyntha Hubbard

We have had a number of customers report that after installing recent Windows updates, they are now seeing a pop up for the Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 software on each boot of their system. This article will guide you through how to disable the software from launching, shall you wish to do so.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Intel Scalable Processors Xeon Skylake-SP (Purley) Buyers Guide

Posted in HPC Blog on 12/02/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Intel Purley platform, Skylake-SP, Xeon "Scalable" processors (Platinum, Gold, Sliver, Bronze) are here. All 58 of them! Hopefully this post will help you to decide which of these (excellent) processors may be of use for your applications. I trim the list do to just a few of my favorites and break them down by use-case.

Creating and Restoring Full Disk Images

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/01/2017 by Nick Krader

How to backup a whole drive to an image file and then restore that image at a later time.

HTC Vive Compositor Error

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 11/24/2017 by Ben Nelson

In this article I will share my experience of getting a disruptive VR error when setting up an HTC Vive for a family VR event. The VR issue I experienced was "Compositor is not fullscreen". This article will cover why the issue occurs and the troubleshooting to do to find a solution.

Intel Security Flaw - Severe - ASUS & Gigabyte fix identified

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 11/22/2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

As you may be aware, Intel recently released a statement regarding vulnerability of numerous current and past generation Intel chipsets.

Featured: Case Study for Klip Collective

Posted in Featured Systems on 11/22/2017

Klip Collective uses Puget Systems PC's powered by NVIDIA Quadro cards to create and deliver large-scale projection mapping events

Recommended Systems for NVIDIA DIGITS/Caffe

Posted in Featured Systems on 11/21/2017

Our NVIDIA DIGITS machine learning configurations are single CPU, multi-GPU workstations optimized for deep-learning workloads. These are great platforms for working with Caffe and Torch and the DIGITS web interfacea as well as other frameworks like Tensorflow, MXNet, etc.. We have two base recommendations to meet performance and budget requirements.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

ARM for Supercomputing a view from SC17

Posted in HPC Blog on 11/18/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

ARM for HPC? Supercomputers using ARM processors? Yes! I was at SC17 last week and ARM was a hot topic. There are new ARM processor designs that are fully competitive with Intel and AMD CPU's for high performance computing.

Coming from MacOS? Your Shortcuts Will Not Change Much

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/16/2017 by Geno Rosario

As more people switch from Mac to Windows, we're seeing increased amounts of questions on how to use basic shortcut keys in Windows.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Managing Kids and Technology

Posted in Blog on 11/12/2017 by Brett Nordquist

I attended high school during the mid-80s. Around this period, Apple had just released the Macintosh and IBM was beginning to blitz the world with their PC Jr. Both models were still too expensive for my parents to purchase, so my only access to a computer was at my school's computer lab, where I took a class in BASIC.

TPM Firmware update

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/09/2017 by Chad Warmenhoven

We are seeing an issue surrounding current TPM modules and numerous motherboard manufacturers including ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Skylake-X 7800X vs Coffee Lake 8700K for compute (AVX512 vs AVX2) Linpack benchmark

Posted in HPC Blog on 11/08/2017 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Which Intel CPU is for heavy numerical compute workloads, Skylake-X core i7 7800X or Coffee-Lake core i7 8700K? They are priced nearly the same. The 8700K has high core clock frequencies and good power management but the 7800X has AVX-512. I show you which one comes out on top using an Intel optimized Linpack benchmark.

So You Want To Update Your BIOS?

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/03/2017 by Samyntha Hubbard

We often get inquiries here in our Support department on whether or not to update motherboard BIOS. This article has been created to offer a short history lesson on what the BIOS actually are, to help users understand our viewpoint on whether or not updating the BIOS is a good idea and to provided step-by-step instruction on how to perform BIOS updates (when necessary) on some of our most commonly used boards.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Microsoft Office Holdout

Posted in Blog on 10/27/2017 by Brett Nordquist

My name is Brett, and I am a Microsoft Office holdout. In fact, I am writing this blog in Word. Last week, I decided to write directly into our blogging system, but flew too close to the sun and lost an hour of work.

Featured: Case Study with Josh Johnson & VFX Daily

Posted in Featured Systems on 10/26/2017

Josh Johnson from VFX Daily uses a Intel Core i7 Tower system to deliver created content .

Lightroom Classic CC: is it faster than CC 2015?

Posted in Articles on 10/24/2017 by Matt Bach

With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe is advertising performance improvements for a number of tasks including importing, generating smart previews, scrolling through images, and much more. In this article we will be running our Lightroom benchmark suite to see if Classic CC is actually faster than CC 2015.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

The Last 5 Percent

Posted in Blog on 10/20/2017 by Brett Nordquist

Have you ever gone to an upscale restaurant on a special occasion? The hostess greets you immediately, and your table is ready. Your server is friendly and attentive, and the meal itself is everything you hoped it would be. Your table location, the lighting and the ambiance are perfect. Your server brings the check to your table and says,

DaVinci Resolve 14 GPU Scaling Analysis (1-4x Titan Xp)

Posted in Articles on 10/13/2017 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known to greatly benefit from multiple GPUs, but is this still true or has the recent launch of Resolve 14 changed things?

DaVinci Resolve 14 CPU Performance: Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Posted in Articles on 10/13/2017 by Matt Bach

While GPU performance is often the first thing that comes up when configuring a DaVinci Resolve workstation, the CPU is in many ways even more important. Modern CPUs from Intel and AMD can have up to 18 cores, but can DaVinci Resolve actually make use of them all?

SOLIDWORKS 2017: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison (i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K)

Posted in Articles on 10/13/2017 by William George

The latest Core processors from Intel have launched: the 8th generation of this series, code named "Coffee Lake". This brings with it the first six-core CPUs in Intel's mainstream processor line, so we are taking a look at how they perform in Solidworks 2017. For comparison, we also have results from our previous recommendation for modeling and CAD: the Core i7 7700K "Kaby Lake" chip.

V-Ray RT 3.6 Hybrid Mode with AMD Threadripper 1950X and NVIDIA Titan Xp

Posted in Articles on 10/13/2017 by William George

We've previously tested the new Hybrid Mode in V-Ray RT 3.6, which combines CPUs and GPUs in order to speed up rendering, on Intel's Skylake X processors. This time around we are going to test on AMD's Threadripper 1950X, and use even more powerful GPUs than before. We also take a look at GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs Titan Xp performance.