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Photoshop CC 2019: AMD Radeon VII 16GB Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/11/2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's Radeon VII is an extremely robust card on paper, having twice the VRAM as a comparably priced NVIDIA GeForce card. However, while 16GB of video memory is nice, it is rarely required for Photoshop. Does the Radeon VII have a performance advantage in Photoshop as well, or is going with NVIDIA still a better option?


DaVinci Resolve 15 - Performance loss with NVIDIA 418 & 419 driver *FIXED

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/08/2019 by Matt Bach

We have recently noticed a 10-20% performance drop in DaVinci Resolve that is due to an issue with the latest NVIDIA GPU drivers. What exactly is happening and how can you fix the problem?


Windows 10 not booting (BCD edition)

Posted in Support Software Guides on 03/07/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Is your Windows OS failing to boot due to a corrupted MBR or BCD? This article will detail the steps for resolving and getting you back up and running.


Windows 10 clean boot

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 03/07/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of performing a clean boot in Windows 10.


Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Enhanced Details GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 03/04/2019 by Matt Bach

In the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC (8.2), Adobe has added a new featured called "Enhanced Details" which uses machine learning to improve the quality of the debayering process for RAW images. This is very GPU-intensive, so we wanted to see exactly how much faster it can be on a modern, high-end GPU.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Big Enough

Posted in Blog on 03/03/2019 by Brett Nordquist

During a recent discussion with an engineer who was considering having us build him a workstation, he made a comment about our company: "You're big enough, but not too big."


Top 5 Pro Tips for a new Puget System

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 03/01/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Your new Puget System just arrived and you are eager to set it up and get to work. Here are some considerations to keep in the back of your mind while you get setup.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Intel Xeon W-3175X and i9 9990XE Linpack and NAMD on Ubuntu 18.04

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/28/2019 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

There are 2 recent Intel processors that are really strange, the Xeon W-3175X 28-core, and the Core i9 9990XE overclocked 14-core. I was able to get a little time in on the these processors. I ran a couple of numerical compute performance tests with the Intel MKL Linpack benchmark and NAMD. I used the same system image that I had used recently to look at 3 Intel 8-core processors so I will include those results here as well. **There will be results for W-3175, 9990XE, 9800X, W-2145, and 9900K**.


Why cant my new workstation edit H.264 media smoothly?

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/27/2019 by Matt Bach

While H.264 is one of the most common codecs to encounter, even the most powerful workstations sometimes struggle with it. What is it about H.264 that makes it such a pain to work with, and what can you do to make it better?


Adobe Creative Cloud: Intel Core i9 9990XE vs Xeon W-3175X

Posted in Articles on 02/22/2019 by Matt Bach

Intel has recently released a pair of highly exclusive - and expensive - processors: the Core i9 9990XE and Xeon W-3175X. The question is: does either one make sense to use for Adobe Creative Cloud applications?


CPU Rendering: Intel Core i9 9990XE vs Xeon W-3175X

Posted in Articles on 02/22/2019 by William George

Intel recently released a pair of rather odd high-end processors: the 14-core Core i9 9990XE and the 28-core Xeon W-3175X. Both have higher clock speeds than other models with similar core count, run much hotter, and have other peculiarities. Because of that, neither of these processors will have a home in our product line at this time - but they are still interesting to test for insight into what current CPU designs are capable of when pushed beyond what is practical.


SOLIDWORKS 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/19/2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes recently updated SOLIDWORKS 2019 with its first service pack (SP1), and we did a roundup of Intel CPUs looking at how they perform in this popular engineering application. We found that both core count and clock speed play a role different aspects of SOLIDWORKS performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


OctaneBench 2019 Performance Preview

Posted in Blog on 02/18/2019 by William George

OTOY is nearing completion of OctaneBench 2019, the first version of their OctaneRender benchmark to support the new RTX technology in NVIDIA's Turing-based GeForce and Quadro video cards. We will do a full performance roundup when OB 2019 is finished, but for now I wanted to put out a quick preview of the performance increase that RTX tech can bring to GPU rendering.


Replacing a GPU in the Fractal R5

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/13/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the GPU (video card) in the Fractal Define R5. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


Swapping your Front Panel in a Fractal R5

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/13/2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of replacing the Front Panel in the Fractal Define R5. This article has an instruction break down along with a full video produced by Chris Shreve.


Intels Core Xperiment i9 9990XE

Posted in Blog on 02/12/2019 by William George

Intel launched a new processor in their Core X series recently, and it is novel in many ways. It combines a fairly high core count with very high clock speeds, at the cost of power consumption and high heat output. It also is very limited in availability, being offered only to select system integrators via a private auction. We got our hands on one in the first auction, and have been putting it through several rounds of benchmarking to see if it is worth the price and hassle, as well as to determine if we will be offering it in our workstations.


Pix4D 4.3: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/12/2019 by William George

Pix4D is an advanced photogrammetry application, suited to a wide range of uses, with a focus on handling images captured by drone cameras. Processing of those images into point clouds and 3D meshes/textures is time-consuming, heavily using a computer's CPU and GPU. Both core count and clock speed play a role in Pix4D performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Creating vs. Consuming

Posted in Blog on 02/10/2019 by Brett Nordquist

One benefit that computers and the internet have brought to us is that they have made it easier than ever before to be creators.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Intel CPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2019 late last year, but with the recent release of SP1 we expect that customers will soon be using it in production environments. In preparation for that, we have tested the field of current Intel Core series processors to see how they compare across a wide variety of tasks within SOLIDWORKS.


Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks making it one of the fastest CPUs currently available.


After Effects CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While it is very hard to get, it should actually be among the fastest CPUs to use for After Effects as it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks.


Premiere Pro CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. This unique processor is able to run at 5.0 GHz even when all the cores are being used which should make it among the fastest processors currently available for Premiere Pro.


Photoshop CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/08/2019 by Matt Bach

The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. While Photoshop typically does not take advantage of higher core count CPUs, the unique thing about this processor is that it is can run at up to 5.1 GHz which should allow it to give terrific performance in Adobe Photoshop CC.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Quadro GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/06/2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. To see how this new mode affects GPU performance, I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro P and RTX series at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


SOLIDWORKS 2019 Hardware Guide

Posted in Landing Pages on 02/06/2019 by Jeremy Thomas

Download Your Free Guide to "Choosing the Right Hardware for SOLIDWORKS 2019"!