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Standalone Python Conda envs without installing Conda (using micromamba!)

Posted in HPC Blog on 01/14/2022 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I'll show you how to setup isolated conda envs for Python without having a base conda install! I'll cover Linux and Windows including an example to get you started. Read on to learn about the wonderful micromamba project.


Unreal Engine 5 is Becoming More Real

Posted in Articles on 01/13/2022 by Kelly Shipman

Some new demos based on Unreal Engine 5 give us a look at the potential for cinematic experiences.


The Puget Systems Consultation Experience: Here's what you need to know

Posted in Articles on 01/10/2022 by DJ Bailey

A key part of our process here at Puget Systems, which sets us apart from many other workstation manufacturers, is the free consultation that we offer to prospective customers. For some the idea of talking with a "salesman" can be worrisome or off-putting, though, and others may just not know what to expect from this sort of service. This article breaks down what you can expect from a Puget Systems consultation and how to go about requesting one for your next computer purchase.


Re-packaging your Puget System

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/06/2022 by Ben Nelson

This article will guide you through packing your Puget Workstation up to send back for our repair department.


Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2021

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2021 by William George

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 have been in our workstations in 2021.


Log4j, Should You Be Worried?

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/23/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

On Dec. 9, word of a newly discovered computer bug in a hugely popular piece of computer code started rippling around the cybersecurity community. This article will break down what it is and what steps you should take to make sure you're safe.


William George (Product Development)

Hardware Trends of 2021

Posted in Blog on 12/22/2021 by William George

A look back at the trends we've seen in hardware sales here at Puget Systems over the last year.


Featured: Case Study with Larry Pruitt

Posted in Featured Systems on 12/13/2021

In 2015, Larry founded Sierra Aeriform as a drone service company providing flight services and post production services.


Windows 11 Install Guide

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/10/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 11 is here! Let's get it installed, but let's do it RIGHT.


Upgrading to Windows 11 - and how to reverse it when it breaks

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/10/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Guide on how to upgrade to W11, why you shouldn't, and a guide on rolling back to 10 cause W11 is a nightmare?


Asus C621E Sage Dual Xeon Motherboard Has Lost PTT Support

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 12/07/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A few XEON boards have been patched and no longer provide the PTT option previously available. With Windows 11 requiring a security device, this has complicated things.


Pix4D 4.6.4: CPU Performance Roundup

Posted in Articles on 12/06/2021 by William George

Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors launched toward the end of 2021, as did Windows 11, making this a great time to do a roundup looking at CPU performance in Pix4D across a wide range of different processor lines. How does Intel's new Core i9 12900K stack up against AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series, Threadripper, and Threadripper Pro chips - as well as Intel's own 11th Gen Core, Xeon W, and Core X Series?


Metashape Pro 1.7.2: CPU Performance Roundup

Posted in Articles on 12/06/2021 by William George

Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors launched toward the end of 2021, as did Windows 11, making this a great time to do a roundup looking at CPU performance in Agisoft Metashape across a wide range of different processor lines. How does Intel's new Core i9 12900K stack up against AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series, Threadripper, and Threadripper Pro chips - as well as Intel's own 11th Gen Core, Xeon W, and Core X Series?


Episode 103 - Puget Systems Live Q&A Show w/ Special Guest Chris Hall, Director of Software Development at AMD

Posted in News on 12/01/2021 by Houston Bennett

We're so proud and excited to have Chris Hall from AMD joining us this week! Along with our own Matt Bach and Kelly Shipman, we'll be discussing the impact AMD's Threadripper and Threadripper Pro CPUs have had on artists and creators in multiple industries.


Harrison Kinsley - Intel Xeon W-3300 Workstation

Posted in Landing Pages on 12/01/2021 by DJ Bailey

Harrison Kinsley uses Flask web development on all of his business sites, Scikit Learn and TensorFlow for machine learning and data analysis with Ensmo.com, and Natural Language Toolkit for natural language processing with Sentdex.com to teaching a massive variety of Python programming topics on PythonProgramming.net.


Ryan Connolly - AMD Ryzen Threadripper Workstation

Posted in Landing Pages on 12/01/2021 by DJ Bailey

Ryan is a filmmaker, Internet personality, and presenter best known for his 12-year running web series Film Riot, which has gained over 1.8 million subscribers.


Ian Sansavera - Intel Xeon W-3300 Workstation

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/30/2021 by DJ Bailey

Ian Sansavera is the Director of Post Production at 1UP Studios for Team Liquid. He manages the team that edits all the content for one of the world's largest esports organizations. He has been working in Post Production for the last 15 years professionally and also runs a YouTube channel called 'Learn How To Edit Stuff' where he teaches people how to edit video. Ian is a self proclaimed multimedia junkie and proud of it!


What H.264 and H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in DaVinci Resolve Studio?

Posted in Articles on 11/24/2021 by Matt Bach

Davinci Resolve Studio supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


What H.264 and H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in Premiere Pro?

Posted in Articles on 11/24/2021 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in Premiere Pro.


Intel 12th Gen DRM Issues and the Corresponding 'Fix'

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/19/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Some games and applications with DRM software can’t recognize 12th Gen Intel Core Processor, causing them to crash or not load.


TRS and TRRS, oh and TRRRS

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 11/18/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Explanation of microphone/headphone technology. The letter T stands for Tip, and the R stands for Ring (like a ring on your finger, not like ringing the telephone).


Episode 102 - Puget Systems Live Q&A Show w/ Special Guest Solomon Jagwe

Posted in News on 11/17/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week we have Solomon Jagwe on the show! Solomon is the creator and director of The Adventures of Nkoza & Nankya and a freelance 3D artist, modeler, animator, and more.


When Linux Breaks: How to Pick Up the Pieces

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/16/2021 by Ben Bohnen

Linux Troubleshooting guide


Clint Jones - Pwnisher

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/09/2021 by DJ Bailey

Clinton Jones is a director, 3D/VFX artist and photographer. Over the last three years he has been focusing on the creation of photoreal 3D renderings in order to expand his story-telling ability, and has recently dedicated his full efforts to growing his YouTube channel, and creating high quality art with his community of talented young artists. His 3D journey began with a simple thought: "If I can think it, I can create it."


12th Gen Intel Core CPU Review Roundup

Posted in Articles on 11/04/2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product which makes it hard to estimate how each model will perform in the real world without application and workflow specific benchmarking and testing.