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2021 Diversity Initiative

Posted in News on 01/15/2021 by Eric Brown

Marketing Manager, Eric Brown, pledges to use marketing budget to improve representation in the technology industry.


Best Workstation PC for RealityCapture (Winter 2020)

Posted in Articles on 01/14/2021 by William George

What were the best hardware configurations for a RealityCapture photogrammetry workstation as 2020 drew to a close?


RealityCapture 1.1 - SMT Performance Analysis on AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 01/14/2021 by William George

In the past we have found that RealityCapture can perform better on high core count processors when SMT is turned off. With the release of AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors in late 2020, those became some of the fastest chips available for RealityCapture - and the top-end models in that family sit right on the edge of where we found disabling SMT to be helpful in our older tests. So does turning SMT off help or hinder these new Ryzen CPUs?


RealityCapture 1.1 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Multi-GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/14/2021 by William George

In past testing, we found that RealityCapture benefited somewhat from adding a second video card. Is that still the case with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series cards, and the recent update to RealityCapture 1.1 Blaze?


Episode 62 - Workflow Wednesday: LIVE Q&A with Joel Telling, The 3D Printing Nerd

Posted in News on 01/13/2021 by Houston Bennett

We're excited to have THE 3D Printing Nerd himself, Joel Telling, join us for Workflow Wednesday this week! Joel is the man behind the "3D Printing Nerd" YouTube channel covering everything from hobby and consumer level topics all the way up to industrial additive manufacturing machines!


Agisoft Metashape 1.7.0 vs 1.6.5 Performance - Featuring Radeon RX 6900 XT

Posted in Articles on 01/08/2021 by William George

Agisoft recently released a major update to Metashape, version 1.7.0, after we had wrapped up most of our testing for a GPU performance roundup on the older 1.6.5. We've now tested a few video cards on the new version to see what has changed.


Episode 61 - Labs Open Office Hour: William George Discusses Photogrammetry & Engineering

Posted in News on 01/08/2021 by Houston Bennett

We take it upon ourselves to test and validate each industry's most popular applications and understand the nuances of how they interact with and utilize PC hardware. And while we do publish extensive articles on these subjects, we also realize that not everyone has the time to understand and apply this knowledge to their specific needs. That's why we have our Labs Open Office Hour! This week William George joins us to chat and take questions about his areas of expertise, Photogrammetry & Engineering software like Solidworks and Pix4D.


Revit 2021 - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/08/2021 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors have shown stellar performance across a wide range of applications so far, and now we have the opportunity to test them head-to-head against Intel's Core series in Autodesk Revit 2021. 


How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Operating System Disk

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/08/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.


Adjusting Boot Settings From Legacy to UEFI

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/08/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you intend to switch your drives from MBR to GPT you will likely also need to adjust your BIOS from Legacy to UEFI. This article will walk you through the basic steps including checking to determine if your system is currently in UEFI mode or not.


Agisoft Metashape 1.6.5 - GeForce RTX 30 Series vs Radeon RX 6000 Series

Posted in Articles on 01/06/2021 by William George

Now that we finally have performance data for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT, it is time for a head-to-head roundup of the GeForce RTX 30 Series and Radeon RX 6000 Series video cards in Agisoft Metashape.


DaVinci Resolve Studio - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/06/2021 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, with NVIDIA being the top performer for several years. But will this continue with the recently launched Radeon RX 6900 XT, or will AMD be able to take the lead?


Adobe Premiere Pro - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/05/2021 by Matt Bach

Adobe has been focusing fairly heavily on GPU performance in the latest versions of Premiere Pro, adding more GPU accelerated effects as well as GPU-based hardware encoding. NVIDIA typically has a strong performance lead over AMD for Premiere Pro, but will this continue with the recently launched AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB?


Adobe After Effects - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/04/2021 by Matt Bach

The number of GPU accelerated effects in After Effects has increased in recent years, but it continues to be an application that is primarily CPU bottlenecked. With the launch of the Radeon 6900 XT, we can get a look at how AMD competes with NVIDIA at the top end of their GPU product line.


Adobe Photoshop - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/04/2021 by Matt Bach

With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, NVIDIA is finally at the end of their 3 month rolling launch of the GeForce 30 series cards. But while Photoshop does have a number of effects that can utilize the GPU, there generally isn't much of a performance difference between various cards. Will this hold true with the RTX 3060 Ti, or will we see a bit of a performance drop with this lower-end GPU?


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Review Roundup

Posted in Articles on 12/31/2020 by Matt Bach

With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, NVIDIA is finally at the end of their 3 month rolling launch of the GeForce 30 series cards. We have looked at how the RTX 3060 Ti performs in a range of professional applications to help you decide whether they are worth using in a new workstation, or as an upgrade in your current system.


GPU Rendering - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/31/2020 by William George

NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 30 Series a few months ago, but new models in this family continue to trickle in. Today we are looking at the RTX 3060 Ti 8GB model and how it performs with regard to rendering in OctaneRender, Redshift, and V-Ray.


DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, with NVIDIA being the top performer for several years. But will this continue with the recently launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, or will AMD be able to take the lead at the mid-range?


Adobe Premiere Pro - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2020 by Matt Bach

Adobe has been focusing fairly heavily on GPU performance in the latest versions of Premiere Pro, adding more GPU accelerated effects as well as GPU-based hardware encoding. NVIDIA has help a strong performance lead in the past for Premiere Pro, but will this continue with the recently launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB?


Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2020 by Matt Bach

The number of GPU accelerated effects in After Effects has increased in recent years, but it continues to be an application that is primarily CPU bottlenecked. With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, NVIDIA is finally at the end of their 3 month rolling launch of the GeForce 30 series cards. Will this new card continue the trend of NVIDIA dominance in After Effects?


Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/30/2020 by Matt Bach

With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, NVIDIA is finally at the end of their 3 month rolling launch of the GeForce 30 series cards. But while Photoshop does have a number of effects that can utilize the GPU, there generally isn't much of a performance difference between various cards. Will this hold true with the RTX 3060 Ti, or will we see a bit of a performance drop with this lower-end GPU?


How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Storage Disk

Posted in Support Software Guides on 12/28/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.


Featured: Case Study with Benjamin Eshagpoor

Posted in Featured Systems on 12/27/2020

Ben Eshagpoor is the talented Creative Director at beMOTION & dESIGN. He went to film school to study cinematography, before moving to Los Angeles. While he spends his days working with photography, motion graphics, and 3D artist, he is most proud of being a husband and father to two boys.


Best Workstation PC for V-Ray (Winter 2020)

Posted in Articles on 12/18/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for rendering with V-Ray at the close of 2020.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 12/17/2020 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors have shown stellar performance across a wide range of applications so far, and now we have the opportunity to test them head-to-head against Intel's Core series in SOLIDWORKS 2020.