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Pix4D 4.4 CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Articles on 11/14/2019 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. Since AMD has finally released the top model in this series, the Ryzen 9 3950X, we decided to take a look at how it and some other competing CPUs handle Pix4D - which benefits from both core count and clock speed at various points throughout its workflow.

V-Ray Next CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Articles on 11/14/2019 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance over previous models, both of which directly improve rendering speeds in V-Ray Next. A few months after the initial launch, AMD has now released the Ryzen 9 3950X with even more cores! In this article we will take a look at how this chip handles V-Ray rendering, both in the pure CPU and GPU+CPU render pipelines.

Cinema 4D R20 CPU Rendering Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Articles on 11/14/2019 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 3rd generation processors launched a few months ago, with both more cores and higher per-core performance than previous models in that series. Now AMD has released the top-end chip in this family, the Ryzen 9 3950X, with even more cores! In this article we will take a look at how it stacks up to a few other AMD and Intel processors in this application, focusing exclusively on rendering performance measured via Cinebench R20.

RealityCapture CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Articles on 11/14/2019 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 Intel's mainstream Core processors in many professional applications. The first chips in this series did well with RealityCapture in our previous testing, but didn't quite beat Intel's Core i9 9900K, so now we are going to see how the top-end Ryzen 9 3950X fares.

Metashape 1.5.5 CPU Performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Articles on 11/14/2019 by William George

Metashape, formerly known as PhotoScan, is a photogrammetry program that takes a set of images and combines them to create a 3D model or map. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. With the release of AMD's latest Ryzen 9 3950X processor, which combines a high core count with good per-core performance, we wanted to see how it and its sibling 3900X fare in this application compare to the reigning champ: Intel's Core i9 9900K.

William George (Puget Labs Technician)

New CPU Announcement: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Posted in Blog on 11/14/2019 by William George

AMD has launched the top-end model in their 3rd gen Ryzen processor family, a 16-core processor named Ryzen 9 3950X! We've tested it across a wide range of real-world applications, and are very excited about being able to offer this CPU in our workstations after AMD releases it for sale November 25th, 2019.

Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Real world benchmarks are about more than just competing for big numbers

Posted in Blog on 11/08/2019 by Matt Bach

Over the last year, we have been hard at work improving, polishing, and making our internal benchmarks available to the general public. But why are we spending so much effort on this project? After all, this kind of development takes a significant amount of time, and is often much harder to do than you might realize since most applications are not made to be used in this manner.

Matt Bach (Senior Puget Labs Technician)

Will Artificial Intelligence End up Replacing Creatives?

Posted in Blog on 11/05/2019 by Matt Bach

At events like Adobe MAX, NAB, or SIGGRAPH, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is always a hot topic. Creatives love what it is already doing to speed up or enhance their work, but there is almost always an underlying fear that one day, AI will replace them. Is that a valid worry, or is AI just a fad that will pass?

The iCloud App is Now Available Direct From the Microsoft Store

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/30/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Instructions for downloading, installing, and using the iCloud desktop app in Windows 10

William George (Puget Labs Technician)

Samsung SSD Speed Comparison

Posted in Blog on 10/29/2019 by William George

Our systems have moved to almost entirely to solid-state drives (SSDs) for primary storage, making our old video looking at hard drive vs SSD boot times rather outdated. But are all of the SSDs we use equal, or are there benefits to one over another for typical computer usage? We compared four of the Samsung models we carry to see how they compare in boot up, file copy, and application launch times.

Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Rethinking SaaS

Posted in Blog on 10/25/2019 by Brett Nordquist

I had an experience with Office 365 that's made me reconsider how I feel about the SaaS (software as a service) model. When Microsoft began offering Office as a subscription, I jumped at the opportunity. The idea of paying a reasonable monthly fee in exchange for the latest version and features seemed like a great deal.

Windows Update Causing Bluetooth Malfunction

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/25/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has provided details on a Windows Update that will break bluetooth functionality in a significant number of devices such as headphones, keyboard/mice or even security devices such as key fobs.

Data Science PCs with NVIDIA Titan RTX

Posted in Landing Pages on 10/24/2019 by Jon Bach

Puget Systems has worked directly with NVIDIA to provide turnkey solutions for data scientists. We've taken our approach of optimizing hardware configurations for specific use cases and paired that with an installation of RAPIDS, NVIDIA's open source, GPU-accelerated platform for data science. This allows you to get up and running faster as well as makes you more efficient during testing and development.

Webinar: How To Choose The Right Hardware For After Effects

Posted in Landing Pages on 10/22/2019 by Eric Brown

In this 45 minute webinar, Matt Bach will go over all the individual parts that go into a workstation, explaining what each does and how After Effects uses them. We will help you separate fact from fiction and make you aware of "marketing buzzwords" that are either misleading or flat-out lies.

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

Posted in Articles on 10/16/2019 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has changed dramatically over the last few years, with improved multithreading support and the recent addition of GPU acceleration. But exactly how much of a difference is there between the latest processors from both Intel and AMD? Does the higher core count on the new Ryzen CPUs make a difference?

Hyperthreading & SMT causing low performance in Lightroom Classic

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/10/2019 by Matt Bach

On certain Intel and AMD processors, it is possible to see up to a 90% increase in performance when exporting and generating smart previews by disabling Intel Hyperthreading (HT) or AMD Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). What CPUs are known to be affected, and what are the current workarounds for this issue?

Premiere Pro Initial Troubleshooting Guide

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/08/2019 by Ben Nelson

Wondering where to start when you have a sudden crash, error, or issue while editing? It can be tricky to determine if your issues are hardware related, application caused, or project specific. This article covers where to start in your troubleshooting by testing controlled variables that affect your editing experience in Premiere Pro.

Nvidia Drivers Are Now Included In The SRU, Here's How To Keep Up To Date!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 10/02/2019 by Ben Bohnen

It is no secret that installing the lasted Nvidia drivers can be a bit of a pain. In this article, we will be covering how to install Nvidia drivers via the command line and the GUI.

Puget Systems at Adobe MAX 2019

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/30/2019 by Eric Brown

In 2019, our continued goal is to get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and what the cutting edge technologies are being used those workflows. What better place to do that than Adobe MAX?

Featured: NVIDIA TITAN RTX Data Science PC

Posted in Featured Systems on 09/27/2019

The NVIDIA DSWS software for our TITAN RTX powered Data Science PC comes with a comprehensive stack of tested and optimized data science software built on NVIDIA CUDA-X AI. This stack features RAPIDS data processing and machine learning libraries, NVIDIA optimized XGBoost, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and other leading data science software, providing enterprises with accelerated workflows for faster data preparation, model training and data visualization. The main component of the software is the GPU-accelerated Docker configuration. This leverages the NGC (NVIDIA GPU Cloud) docker container registry providing many optimized ML/AI frameworks, along with documentation and examples ready to run on your workstation.

How To Change Your Default Audio Device

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/25/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 provides a few different ways to adjust the default audio device, configure system events and change input/output devices. We are now able to change the default audio device using the settings app as well as straight from the taskbar. No more digging through numerous screens just to switch from headphones to speakers or back. In this article we will guide you through the process and explain why you should use which path.

Webinar: The State of GPU Rendering in 2019

Posted in Landing Pages on 09/24/2019 by Eric Brown

In this 40 minute webinar, William George will give an overview of where GPU-based rendering engines are at, where they are going, and what hardware will work best with them. OctaneRender, Redshift, and V-Ray Next will be used as primary examples, with some mention of other engines as well. There will be a brief Q&A time at the end.

Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Windows 10 Training Options

Posted in Blog on 09/22/2019 by Brett Nordquist

I spend a good portion of my time speaking with customers. Many times, they just recently took delivery of their new computer, and they are getting acquainted with it. For some, this is their first experience with Windows 10 because they came from the Mac or an older version of Windows. One question I get asked often is: Where can I find good training on Windows 10?

Leave it ON!

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/20/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

To leave it on, to turn it off. That is the question. This discussion has bounced around tech enthusiasts, novices and tech professionals yet no one seems to be able to firmly agree. Well today Puget is taking a side!

Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Workstation Setup for Docker with the New NVIDIA Container Toolkit (nvidia-docker2 is deprecated)

Posted in HPC Blog on 09/13/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

It's time for a "Docker with NVIDIA GPU support" update. This post will guide you through a useful Workstation setup (including User-name-spaces and performance tuning) with the new versions of Docker and the NVIDIA GPU container toolkit.