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Utility to backup, restore, or clear Adobe CC preferences

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/28/2020 by Matt Bach

Clearing application preferences is often one of the first steps when troubleshooting a software issue, but if it does not resolve the issue, you typically will want to have a backup of your preferences that you can restore. This functionality is not built into Adobe apps by default, so we created a small utility that can backup, restore, or clear application preferences from many of the most popular Creative Cloud applications.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 GPU Performance

Posted in Articles on 02/28/2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of NVIDIA Quadro video card performance with regards to modeling in SOLIDWORKS.


Setting up Devices With Your New PC

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/28/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Moving from Mac 2 PC can be stressful enough without worrying about peripherals. Follow some basic advice and your migration will be exciting instead!


Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

Developing a New 3ds Max Benchmark

Posted in Blog on 02/28/2020 by Kelly Shipman

An ongoing series on creating a benchmark, from inception to completion. This week, identifying areas of 3ds Max that hardware creates slowdowns or bottlenecks.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Threadripper 3990x 64-core Parallel Scaling

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/25/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

64 cores is a lot of cores! How well will parallel applications scale on that many cores? The answer, of course, is, it depends on the application. In this post I look at Amdhal's Law parallel scaling for HPL Linpack, Python numpy and the NAMD molecular dynamics program.


Kelly Shipman (Puget Labs Technician)

3D Artist Joins the Labs Team

Posted in Blog on 02/25/2020 by Kelly Shipman

As the newest member of the Puget Systems Labs team, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and give a brief glimpse into what we have planned.


PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted in Articles on 02/25/2020 by Matt Bach

The free version of our benchmarks allow individuals to evaluate the performance of their own systems in popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. However, for commercial use (system reviewers, hardware/software developers, workstation manufacturers, etc.), we have but specific commercial use versions that include features that are often desired such as command line automation, result logging, and email support.


Press Release: Puget Systems Launches PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted in News on 02/25/2020 by Eric Brown

Auburn, WA (February 25, 2020) - Puget Systems (www.pugetsystems.com) today announced a new initiative - the PugetBench for Adobe® Creative Cloud®- to address the need for comprehensive, repeatable and consistent benchmark testing for the most popular applications used by creative professionals. These benchmarks are designed to thoroughly test many of Adobe's most popular applications using real-world projects and workflows, and the latest CPU, GPU, and other hardware components.


Jeff Stubbers (Technology Consultant Lead)

I run both Lightroom and Photoshop, which hardware should I choose?

Posted in Blog on 02/24/2020 by Jeff Stubbers

Puget Systems lists Recommended Systems for Photoshop, and Recommended Systems for Lightroom. This is great when you are just running one of those programs, but which hardware should I use if I run both Lightroom & Photoshop?


Monitor Cabling Options and How To Use Them Correctly

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/24/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a finite number of monitor connections but nonetheless it can seem overwhelming at times. We will break down the common ones currently available and how to identify them.


AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations speed up photogrammetry?

Posted in Articles on 02/19/2020 by William George

When AMD launched the 64-core Threadripper 3990X, some reviewers reported that performance of this 128-thread beast was hindered by running a normal version of Windows 10 Pro - and that instead using Windows 10 Pro for Workstations or Windows 10 Enterprise gave better results. We have investigated that claim using our in-house Pix4D and RealityCapture benchmarks to see if the choice of operating system could impact our customers.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Note: How To Install JupyterHub on a Local Server

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/19/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

This note describes installing and configuring JupyterHub and JupyterLab on a "bare-metal" server.


AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations improve rendering performance?

Posted in Articles on 02/19/2020 by William George

When AMD launched the 64-core Threadripper 3990X, some reviewers reported that performance of this 128-thread beast was hindered by running a normal version of Windows 10 Pro - and that using Windows 10 Pro for Workstations or Windows 10 Enterprise instead gave better results. We have investigated that claim using Cinebench and V-Ray benchmarks to see if the choice of operating system could impact our customers.


AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations improve Adobe CC performance?

Posted in Articles on 02/17/2020 by Matt Bach

As AMD continues to release processors with more and more cores, we are getting to the point that there is are concerns that the normal version of Windows 10 Pro is not able to effectively utilize all these cores. To find out, we decided to test the 3990X and a number of other processors with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations as well as with SMT/HT disabled.


Microsoft Patches All Your Windows Problems (Mostly)

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/14/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft releases fixes and patches each Tuesday and 2/11/2020 was no exception. We will discuss some of what we think are the most useful fixes of the 99 are.


How to Enable Network Discovery and Configure Sharing Options in Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 02/13/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Network Discovery in the Windows operating system is a network setting. In this setting you can set whether or not other computers on the network can communicate with connected devices and systems.. If Network Discovery is enabled, sharing files and printers over a network becomes easier.


Featured: Case Study with Valentina Vee

Posted in Featured Systems on 02/10/2020

Valentina Vee is a multi-talented content creator who is comfortable in front or in back of the camera. She focuses on creating content that raises awareness for causes, inspires people to love themselves, and encourages positivity. She has directed, shot, and edited videos and photos for many large brands such as Nike, Adobe, MTV, Mashable, and National Geographic.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

AMD Threadripper 3990x 64-core Linpack and NAMD Performance (Linux)

Posted in HPC Blog on 02/07/2020 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

64 cores! The latest AMD Threadripper is out, the 3990x 64-core. I've spent the last couple of days running benchmarks and have some results showing raw numerical compute performance using my standard CPU testing applications HPL Linpack and the molecular dynamics program NAMD. The 3990x is a great processor with exceptional performance. Especially for NAMD! (There were some difficulties and disappointments during the testing and I report those here too.)


Reduce Downtime With These Backup Components

Posted in Support Hardware Guides on 02/07/2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide to what backup parts you could have on hand in case of failure.


Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in their Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores. We are putting this new 3990X chip to the test in one of the applications where its high core count should shine: CPU based rendering in Cinema 4D. See how it stacks up to the other Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


V-Ray CPU Rendering Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in their Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores. We are putting this new 3990X chip to the test in one of the applications where its high core count should shine: CPU based rendering with V-Ray. See how it stacks up to the other Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


Pix4D 4.4 CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU in its Threadripper product line, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the 3990X. In this article we are looking at how it stacks up to the other 3rd gen Threadripper models as well as Intel and AMD's various other desktop processors.


RealityCapture CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end processor, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the Threadripper 3990X. After extensive testing we are ready to report on how this new CPU performs in RealityCapture, compared to several of AMD and Intel's other current desktop chips.


Agisoft Metashape CPU Performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by William George

AMD has launched a new top-end CPU, equipped with a whopping 64 cores: the Threadripper 3990X. In this article we will look at how this new chip performs in Agisoft Metashape, compared to a variety of Intel and AMD's other desktop processors.


After Effects CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Posted in Articles on 02/07/2020 by Matt Bach

At the moment, After Effects typically only utilizes a handful of CPU cores, which makes the new AMD Threadripper 3990X, with a massive 64 cores, extreme overkill. But does that make the 3990X a bad option for After Effects, or will it surprise us by out performing the other mainstream CPUs offered by Intel and AMD.