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Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

AMD Ryzen 3900X vs Intel Xeon 2175W Python numpy - MKL vs OpenBLAS

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/20/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

In this post I've done more testing with Ryzen 3900X looking at the effect of BLAS libraries on a simple but computationally demanding problem with Python numpy. The results may surprise you! I start with a little bit of history of Intel vs AMD performance to give you what may be a new perspective on the issue.


After Effects GPU Roundup: NVIDIA SUPER vs AMD RX 5700 XT

Posted in Articles on 08/15/2019 by Matt Bach

Outside of very specific situations, After Effects is usually going to be limited more by your CPU than your GPU. However, the more GPU accelerated effects you use, the larger the benefit to using a faster video card. Both AMD and NVIDIA have recently released a number of new video cards, but is there any benefit to using them in After Effects?


Photoshop GPU Roundup: NVIDIA SUPER vs AMD RX 5700 XT

Posted in Articles on 08/14/2019 by Matt Bach

Both AMD and NVIDIA have recently released a number of new video cards including the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the NVIDIA SUPER cards. Photoshop only uses the GPU to accelerate a small (but growing) list of effects, however, so is there any benefit to using any of these new card?


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

2 x RTX2070 Super with NVLINK TensorFlow Performance Comparison

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/14/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This is a short post showing a performance comparison with the RTX2070 Super and several GPU configurations from recent testing. The comparison is with TensorFlow running a ResNet-50 and Big-LSTM benchmark.


V-Ray Next GPU Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Performance

Posted in Articles on 08/09/2019 by William George

V-Ray Next is made up of two rendering engines: a traditional CPU based renderer, as well as a GPU-based hybrid engine that can run on both GPUs and CPUs for extra performance. With the launch of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX "SUPER" series of video cards, we are taking a look at how the whole RTX lineup performs on the GPU side of V-Ray Next.


OctaneRender 4 & 2019 GPU Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Performance

Posted in Articles on 08/09/2019 by William George

OctaneRender is a GPU-based rendering engine, utilizing the CUDA programming language on NVIDIA-based graphics cards. With the launch of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX "SUPER" series of video cards, we are taking a look at how the whole RTX lineup performs on both the current OctaneRender 4 and the upcoming 2019 release which adds support for RTX technology and greatly increased rendering speeds.


Redshift 2.6.41 GPU Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Performance

Posted in Articles on 08/09/2019 by William George

Redshift is a GPU-based rendering engine, now owned by Maxon and available bundled with Cinema 4D - as well as in the form of plug-ins for other 3D applications. It was written to use NVIDIA's CUDA graphics programming language, and since NVIDIA recently refreshed their GeForce series with new 2060, 2070, and 2080 "SUPER" cards we thought it would be a good time to re-test the whole RTX lineup.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

RSS is Still Alive

Posted in Blog on 08/09/2019 by Brett Nordquist

If you stick around long enough, you'll recognize that many technologies come and go without a lot of fanfare. That has certainly been t he case when it comes to online news consumption.


Intel Rapid Storage Technology Preventing Windows 1903 Update

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/31/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

A number of our users have reported getting an error when attempting to update Windows 10 to version 1903. We did some digging and were able to find a fix with a very specific driver version.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

AMD 3900X (Brief) Compute Performance Linpack and NAMD

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/26/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

I was able to spend a little time with an AMD Ryzen 3900X. Of course the first thing I wanted know was the double precision floating point performance. My two favorite applications for a "first look" at a new processor are Linpack and NAMD. The Ryzen 3900X is a pretty impressive processor!


Moving From Mac to PC - Dive Right IN!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/24/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Switching from Mac to PC can seem like a daunting undertaking but thanks to advances in networking and Microsoft making huge strides to provide simple solutions that make the transition easy and straightforward. We will cover as much as we can in an effort to make the switch even easier.


RealityCapture 1.0.3: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen vs Intel Core 9th Gen

Posted in Articles on 07/24/2019 by William George

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, allowing them to rival and sometimes beat Intel's mainstream Core processors in professional applications. In this article we are going to take a look at how these new CPUs handle RealityCapture, which benefits from both core count and clock speed at various points throughout its workflow.


DaVinci Resolve Studio CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/23/2019 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve is known for how heavily it relies on the power of your GPU, but the CPU also plays an huge role in how well it performs. AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, which is exactly what DaVinci Resolve needs to get the best performance. Will this make these new chips the best choice for video editors compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?


Premiere Pro CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/22/2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, which is exactly what Premiere Pro tends to need to get the best performance. Will this make these new chips the best choice for video editors compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?


Cinema 4D CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/22/2019 by William George

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, both of which directly improve rendering speeds in Cinema 4D. In this article we will take a look at how they stack up to other AMD and Intel processors in this application, focusing exclusively on rendering performance via Cinebench R20.


V-Ray Next CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/22/2019 by William George

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, both of which directly improve rendering speeds in V-Ray Next. In this article we will take a look at how they stack up to other AMD and Intel processors in this application, both in the pure CPU and GPU+CPU render pipelines.


Does RAM speed affect video editing performance?

Posted in Articles on 07/22/2019 by Matt Bach

While we generally stick to the RAM speed that is officially supported by a processor, we get a lot of comments claiming that we are limiting performance by not using higher frequency memory. This begs the question: does RAM speed actually impact real-world performance in video editing applications?


After Effects CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/19/2019 by Matt Bach

After Effects traditionally likes lower core count CPUs that run at a high frequency, but although AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors have an increase in core count, they are also much better at lightly threaded workflows than the previous generation. But exactly how much of a difference will this make in After Effects compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?


Puget Systems Adobe After Effects CC Render Node Benchmark

Posted in Articles on 07/18/2019 by Matt Bach

Do you use After Effects with multiprocessing plugins or homemade scripts like BG Renderer Max or RenderGarden to improve rendering performance? Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run our After Effects Render Node benchmark that we use in our internal testing!


Boot Times Got you Down? Look No Further, Puget Systems has the Fix

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/17/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 is packed with great features, however some of those features can slow boot times so we will help you speed things up with some simple adjustments!


Photoshop CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Posted in Articles on 07/17/2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation processors have arrived and shaken up the dynamic between Intel and AMD in many workloads. But how well do they handle heavy Photoshop workloads compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?


Let's Use Windows 10 Storage Spaces

Posted in Support Software Guides on 07/17/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Storage Spaces can provide additional storage, extend existing storage, protect your data and pool multiple drives together.This article will guide you through setting up and using Storage Spaces.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

NVIDIA Docker2 with OpenGL and X Display Output

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/11/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Docker is a great Workstation tool. It is mostly used for command-line application or servers but, ... What if you want to run an application in a container, AND, use an X Window GUI with it? What if you are doing development work with CUDA and are including OpenGL graphic visualization along with it? You CAN do that!


Puget Systems Adobe Premiere Pro CC Benchmark

Posted in Articles on 07/08/2019 by Matt Bach

Want to see how your system stacks up to the latest hardware? Download and run our Premiere Pro benchmark that we use in our internal testing!


First Look at AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs for Video Editing

Posted in Articles on 07/07/2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs just launched with terrific performance improvements across the board. While we don't have the full lineup tested just yet, we wanted to give a first look at what we are seeing in Premiere Pro, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, and other applications commonly used in video editing.