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Game Mode - How to Kill It and Why

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/27/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 PCs have 'Game Mode' enabled by default but it's not always the best choice. This article will guide you through the process of disabling Game Mode as well as explaining why you should.


How to Record Your Screen in Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/27/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Maybe you’re training your team, creating a tutorial, or just grabbing a quick snippet to share with colleagues. With Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Bar, you can quickly, simply, and intuitively capture a recording without installing any 3rd party software or configuring any special settings.


Adobe Premiere Pro - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/27/2021 by Matt Bach

While the launch of NVIDIA and AMD's consumer GPUs have been a major topic recently, NVIDIA is also starting to release the successor to their Quadro RTX line - starting with the RTX A6000. In this article, we will look at how it performs in Premiere Pro compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/26/2021 by Matt Bach

While the launch of NVIDIA and AMD's consumer GPUs have been a major topic recently, NVIDIA is also starting to release the successor to their Quadro RTX line - starting with the RTX A6000. In this article, we will look at how it performs in After Effects compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/25/2021 by Matt Bach

While the launch of NVIDIA and AMD's consumer GPUs have been a major topic recently, NVIDIA is also starting to release the successor to their Quadro RTX line - starting with the RTX A6000. In this article, we will look at how it performs in Photoshop compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


Episode 64 - Labs Open Office Hour: LIVE Q&A w/ Matt Bach, Senior Labs Technician!

Posted in News on 01/22/2021 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!


AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review Roundup

Posted in Articles on 01/21/2021 by Matt Bach

With the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, we finally get a look at the top-end GPU from AMD's 6000-series. We have looked at how the Radeon 6900 XT 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.


Featured: Case Study with James Markham Hall Jr.

Posted in Featured Systems on 01/21/2021

James Markham Hall, Jr. is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking and serves as a Director, Cinematographer, and Actor in the entertainment industry.


Unreal Engine - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Posted in Articles on 01/19/2021 by Kelly Shipman

GPU performance is a key component to Unreal Engine, especially for Virtual Production and ArchViz workflows. AMD's newest GPU, the Radeon RX 6900 XT has arrived with 16GB of VRAM. We can finally see how this card performs in professional workflows, both with and without ray tracing.


To Backup or Not to Backup (Backup of course!!)

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 01/19/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A summarized view of what backups are and why they are important along with our recommendation on what to backup and how.


Premiere Pro & DaVinci Resolve issues with NVIDIA Game Ready driver 461.09

Posted in Support Software Guides on 01/18/2021 by Matt Bach

With the latest NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver (version 461.09), there have been numerous reports of application and system freezing/crashes, or simply poor performance in applications like Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and other creative applications. To resolve this issue, we recommend downloading and installing the latest NVIDIA GeForce Studio driver.


Episode 63 - Labs Open Office Hour: LIVE Q&A w/ Dr. Don Kinghorn, Scientific Computing Advisor

Posted in News on 01/15/2021 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!


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?