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Episode 29 - Workflow Wednesday: LIVE Q&A with Heath McKnight, Journalist for RedShark News

Posted in News on 08/05/2020 by Houston Bennett

Today we talk with long-time user of Apple and Final Cut Pro, Heath McKnight! Recently Heath reviewed one of our high-performance Genesis workstations and we're excited to hear about his experience switching over to a Windows10 machine.


Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) Showing No Internet - Solved

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/31/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 Version 2004 seems to have reintroduced a bug previously resolved by Microsoft. The bug causes the network icon in the notification area to display limited or no internet connection while still providing almost normal internet access. This causes some apps to malfunction.


Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Being Adaptable

Posted in Blog on 07/31/2020 by Kelly Shipman

Being adaptable is a key tenet of any business. That is especially true when the needs of your customers can change pretty quickly.


Samsung's Rapid Mode Is Underrated but You Should Use It

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/30/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

RAPID mode is paired exclusively with Samsung 840 EVO (Aug '13 or newer) SSDs and available as a feature of the accompanying Samsung SSD Magician Software Toolset (version 4.2 and later). RAPID mode analyzes all system traffic, leveraging extra system resources such as DRAM/CPU to dynamically provide read acceleration via intelligent caching of "hot data" and write optimization.


Episode 28 - Workflow Wednesday: LIVE Q&A with Wren Weichman, VFX Artist/Director at Corridor Digital

Posted in News on 07/29/2020 by Houston Bennett

Today we talk with master of the visual arts, Wren Weichman! He and the crew at Corridor Digital create some of the coolest effects on the internet today. We're excited to have Wren join us today to answer some questions about the world of VFX and YouTube storytelling!


Best Workstation PC for Inventor (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/29/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for working with parts and assemblies in Inventor.


Ryzen XT and Intel i9 10850K for 3ds Max: Are They Worth It?

Posted in Articles on 07/27/2020 by Kelly Shipman

AMD and Intel have both added new CPUs to their existing product lines. AMD launched the Ryzen 3600XT/3800XT/3900XT and Intel launched the core i9 10850K. There are only minor differences in these new CPUs, but what impact does that have on 3ds Max?


Ryzen XT and Core i9 10850K for Rendering: Are They Worth It?

Posted in Articles on 07/27/2020 by William George

AMD and Intel have both released small revisions to their latest-gen consumer CPU lines, in the form of the Ryzen XT models and Core i9 10850K. On paper these appear to be identical to current products except for very slight adjustments in clock speed, but how do they stack up in real-world rendering benchmarks?


Ryzen XT and i9 10850K for Adobe CC: Are They Worth It?

Posted in Articles on 07/27/2020 by Matt Bach

Both AMD and Intel have recently released a number of minor updates to their CPUs with AMD launching the Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT, and 3900XT while Intel has launched the Core i9 10850K. These new models are only slightly different than others that are already on the market, but do they provide any performance benefit?


Episode 27 - Labs Open Office Hour: Kelly Shipman - 3ds Max, Unreal, and MORE!

Posted in News on 07/24/2020 by Houston Bennett

This week Kelly Shipman spends an hour with us to chat and take questions about Game Dev, ArcVis, Engineering, Film, and AI/machine learning.


Best Workstation PC for Revit (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/24/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for design and rendering in Autodesk Revit.


Best Workstation PC for Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Articles on 07/21/2020 by Matt Bach

Photoshop may not be the most intensive application for many workflows, but for those that spend a significant amount of time in it, a properly configured workstation can make a big impact on productivity. In this post, we will go over a few of our recommendations for the best PC for Adobe Photoshop for a range of budgets.


Audio Latency and General Sound Issues

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/20/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through diagnosing and fixing audio latency and other sound issues.


DxDiag

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/17/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

DxDiag - DirectX diagnostics is tool made by Microsoft and included with the DirectX software


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Does Enabling WSL2 Affect Performance of Windows 10 Applications

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/17/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

WSL2 offers improved performance over version 1 by providing more direct access to the host hardware drivers. Recent "Insider Dev Channel" builds of Win10 even allows access to the Windows NVIDIA display driver for GPU computing applications for WSL2 Linux applications! The performance improvements with WSL2 are largely because this version is running as a privileged virtual machine on to of MS Hyper-V. This means that at least low level support for the Hyper-V virtualization layer needs to be enabled to use it. In particular, the Windows feature "VirtualMachinePlatform" must be enabled for WSL2. We tested to see if there was any negative application performance impact.


Best Workstation PC for SOLIDWORKS (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/17/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for design in SOLIDWORKS.


Best Workstation PC for Adobe After Effects (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/17/2020 by Matt Bach

After Effects can be a power hungry application, requiring a powerful workstation with plenty of system memory in order to keep you in your creative process. In this post, we will go over a few of our recommendations for the best PC for Adobe After Effects for a range of budgets.


Best Workstation PC for AutoCAD (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/16/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for design in AutoCAD.


Windows 10 Event Viewer Basics

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/16/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Windows 10 Event Viewer is a powerful diagnostic tool used to identify and solve system instability and crashes.


Featured: Case Study with Adam Miller from La Croix Church

Posted in Featured Systems on 07/15/2020

Adam has worked at La Croix Church for about six years, with about a year and a half break in 2018 when he stepped away to pursue his own video production company. He currently works full-time on staff as a Video Producer creating original video content, along with a couple of other staff members.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Note: How To Install JupyterLab Extensions (Globally for a JupyterHub Server)

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/15/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The current JupyterHub version 2.5.1 does not allow user installed extension for JupyterLab when it is being served from JupyterHub. This should be remedied in version 3. However, even when this is "fixed" it is still useful to be able to install extensions globally for all users on a multi-user system. This note will show you how.


Best Workstation PC for Adobe Premiere Pro (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/15/2020 by Matt Bach

Depending on the type of footage you work with, the hardware requirements for Premiere Pro can range from a fairly moderate system, to an incredibly powerful one. In this post, we will go over a few of our recommendations for the best PC for Adobe Premiere Pro for a range of budgets.


Episode 26 - Labs Open Office Hour: William George, Photogrammetry & Engineering Software Expert

Posted in News on 07/10/2020 by Houston Bennett

This week William George spends an hour with us to chat and take questions about his area of expertise, Photogrammetry & Engineering software like Solidworks and Pix4D.


Best Workstation PC for RealityCapture (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/10/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for photogrammetry in RealityCapture.


Best Workstation PC for Metashape (Summer 2020)

Posted in Articles on 07/10/2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for photogrammetry in Metashape.