(Customer Happiness Engineer)

Good, Better, Best

Posted in Blog on 10/14/2016 by Brett Nordquist

A few weeks ago, I managed to get three kids in the van. On this morning, I wouldn't have to speed to get them to school on time, but I was cutting it close. I slammed my door shut, hit the button to open the garage door and turned the key in the ignition. Nothing.

 (Customer Service)

A Weekend of VR Gaming

Posted in Blog on 10/05/2016 by Wilson Chau

Since I work for Puget Systems and have access to some cool stuff, I had been “demo-ing” the new HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at work. Remember the Nintendo Wii and how it revolutionized gaming at the time? I was one of those that got up early in the morning and stayed in line for hours to get my hand on one. It ended up being one of the best purchases I made because I kept playing with that console for quite some time. I had the same feelings toward the HTC Vive with its controllers and room scale play. However, plopping down $800 for the Vive is a lot more than $250 (at the time) for the Wii. I had to make sure. So, I borrowed the HTC Vive for an extended weekend to see. I wanted to find out whether it was just “newphoria” as well as how my wife and kids would like it. The results were quite interesting.

What is Aggregate CPU Frequency and why is it wrong?

Posted in Articles on 10/03/2016 by Matt Bach

While not yet a common term, over the past year or so we have started to see a rise in the usage of the term "Aggregate CPU Frequency" as a way to estimate the performance between different CPU models. While at first glance this term seems reasonable enough, in the majority of cases it is unfortunately going to be inaccurate and wrong.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Let the Music Play

Posted in Blog on 09/30/2016 by Brett Nordquist

While cleaning my garage this summer, I came across what remained of my music collection: about of 300 CDs consisting of jazz and classic rock. It's been three years since they’d seen the light of day, so I decided to donate them to a local thrift store. What was worth thousands of dollars me to a few years ago, was worth less than a tax write off today.

Recommended Systems for Stock Trading

Posted in Featured Systems on 09/22/2016

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

Recommended Systems for Bitplane Imaris

Posted in Featured Systems on 09/21/2016

Puget Systems has worked extensively with both our existing customers as well as Bitplane sales representatives and application scientists to configure a pair of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Imaris users.

Now Offering Glyph External Drives!

Posted in Blog on 09/20/2016 by Matt Bach

As a part of our goal to provide not only quality workstations, but a complete workflow solution, Puget Systems has recently partnered with Glyph Tehchnologies to offer their robust and reliable external drives to our customers.

 (Customer Service Lead)

Time for William to learn Linux

Posted in Blog on 09/14/2016 by William George

I'm going to diversify my operating system portfolio, integrating the leading open source project into my existing range of Microsoft options. (Did I nail that financial analogy or what?)

McFarland & Pecci

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/14/2016 by Eric Brown

Puget Systems has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker, director and photographer Mike Pecci to build the ultimate PC for video editing.

Are You Running out of Drive Space? Here are Ways to Free it up.

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 09/12/2016 by Alicia Menson

Hard drive space can really fill up quickly; especially if you have a laptop because they tend to come with smaller SSD’s. If if you have a desktop most of the time you don’t know how it filled up so fast or what is in there, taking up your gigabytes.

Titan X Performance: PCI-E 3.0 x8 vs x16

Posted in Articles on 09/08/2016 by Matt Bach

With video cards getting faster and display resolutions getting larger, it is time to revisit our PCI-E testing to see if there is finally a performance difference between using a GPU in x8 versus x16.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison

Posted in Articles on 09/06/2016 by Matt Bach

Choosing the right CPU for you Premiere Pro workstation can be a difficult task with dozens of different options to choose from. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of single and dual CPU options that should give the best performance in Premiere Pro to see exactly how fast each configuration actually performs in the real world.

Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 Pascal GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 09/06/2016 by Matt Bach

New video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any relevant non-gaming benchmarks to help you decide what card to purcahse. In this article we will be looking at the new GTX 1000 series cards and the Pascal Titan X to see how the perform in After Effects.

Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison

Posted in Articles on 09/06/2016 by Matt Bach

After Effects is often touted as being able to use as many CPU cores as you can throw at it. However, our testing has indicated that AE may actually perform better with a lower core count CPU than one with a higher number of cores. In this article, we will be benchmarking a variety of single and dual CPU configurations to see exactly how fast different CPUs actually perform in After Effects.

Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3 Multi Core Performance

Posted in Articles on 09/06/2016 by Matt Bach

High-end systems for After Effects are sometimes sold with two high core count CPUs for maximum CPU performance. However, our testing has shown that After Effects actually has some significant performance problems with multiple CPUs which makes those configurations in reality much slower than a system with a single CPU.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Taking the Time

Posted in Blog on 09/02/2016 by Brett Nordquist

I've never felt comfortable working on anything but the most simple plumbing jobs around my home. So when I noticed a leak in my sprinkler system, I decided to call a professional. I started by checking reviews on Yelp. That took me to a few Facebook pages which lead me to a handful of websites. I made a list of six companies that had positive reviews from work they performed in my area. Of those six, I was able to get quotes from three companies, and my experience with each couldn't have been more diverse.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Install Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04 and CUDA 8 and 7.5 for NVIDIA Pascal GPU

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/29/2016 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

You got your new wonderful NVIDIA Pascal GPU ... maybe a GTX 1080, 1070, or Titan X(P) ... And, you want to setup a CUDA environment for some dev work or maybe try some "machine learning" code with your new card. What are you going to do? At the time of this writing CUDA 8 is still in RC and the deb and rpm packages have drivers that don't work with Pascal. I'll walk through the tricks you need to do a manual setup of CUDA 7.5 and 8.0 on top of Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04 that will work with the new Pascal based GPU's

 (Customer Service Lead)

Podcast - William on Photo Taco

Posted in Blog on 08/23/2016 by William George

William was recently a guest on the Photo Taco podcast, hosted by Jeff Harmon. You can listen to the podcast on the Improve Photography website, with William's interview starting at about 13 minutes in.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Buy It For Life

Posted in Blog on 08/19/2016 by Brett Nordquist

A few weeks ago, I called a customer who had recently purchased a computer from us. She explained to me she'd configured this new system to run Adobe Creative Cloud to support her business. I had her profile on my screen and noticed she'd purchased a computer from us back in 2008. I said, "Did the last computer we built for you finally stop working?"

Windows 10: What’s left on the menu?

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 08/18/2016

Now that Microsoft has ended the ability to upgrade to windows 10 for free, what options do we have left? Users can purchase the software through many different portals, and many different media types. This article explains the different types, locations and installations of these installs, as well as alternative installation procedures

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 Pascal GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 08/18/2016 by Matt Bach

The latest video cards often get a lot of press, but unfortunately for content creators (and other professionals), it is almost impossible to find any non-gaming benchmarks. In this article we will be looking at the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 to see how the perform compared to the previous generation video cards.

Installing Windows 10 with a Microsoft Windows 10 USB Key

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/18/2016

This article describes the process of installing and setting up a new clean installation of windows, or an upgrade install from a Pre-made Windows 10 USB key that has been supplied by Microsoft. It also includes information on using the media creation tool for upgrading.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series Notebooks

Posted in Landing Pages on 08/16/2016 by Jon Bach

Unleash your gaming dominance with new GeForce® GTX 10-Series GPUs that turn your mobile rig into a sleek, high-performance gaming weapon—powered by the game-changing NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

NVIDIA Titan GPUs (3 generations) - CUDA 8 rc performance on Ubuntu 16.04

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/12/2016 by D

I have a Titan Black, Titan X (Maxwell) and a new Titan X (Pascal) in a system for a quick CUDA performance test. Install is on Ubuntu 16.04 with CUDA 8.0rc. We'll look at nbody from the CUDA samples code and NAMD Molecular Dynamics. It is stunning to see how much the CUDA performance has increased on these wonderful GPU's in just 3 years.

Recommended Systems for Fallout 4

Posted in Featured Systems on 08/11/2016

Puget Systems has put together systems configured for Fallout 4. These gaming PCs will also work great with other role playing games (RPG) like Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dark Souls III, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.