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Episode 77 - Live Q&A w/ Ben Nelson, Puget Systems Support Manager

Posted in News on 04/23/2021 by Houston Bennett

After last week's hiatus, we're joined by our Technical Support Manager, Ben Nelson is our special guest! We'll be talking about what sets our support team apart from the other guys, some common issues they've been seeing lately, in addition to taking and answering questions from the audience! Although our hope is that you will never have to call in to Support for assistance (we hope our machines operate at optimal performance out of the box and for many years without any hiccups) we realize that from time to time, you will need to reach out to us. Whether it is for assistance setting up or troubleshooting an issue with a newly purchased system or working to resolve issues with a system that has seen its share of years, we are more than happy to hear from you.


Kari Heckenlively (Shipping Technician)

Going Paperless at Puget Systems

Posted in Blog on 04/22/2021 by Kari Heckenlively

What changes can we make at Puget Systems to be a bit more gentle towards our planet? We are introducing one big change towards this goal.


Armando Ferreira - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Workstation

Posted in Landing Pages on 04/20/2021 by Oscar Tirado

Whether you are an aspiring artist or an industry veteran looking to do your best work, NVIDIA GPUs make it happen. Render quicker. Broadcast clearer. Edit videos better. From ray tracing and VR to AI-powered 8K video editing, NVIDIA GPUs in Studio laptops and desktops boost workflows. And they are backed by exclusive, free Studio Drivers that bring out the best in your creative apps.


Configuring Software RAID within Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/20/2021 by William George

Most computer users have no need for more than a single drive in their computer, or perhaps a few individual drives if additional storage space is required. There are certain workflows and use cases where features of a RAID - like larger total volume capacity or data redundancy - may be extremely helpful. For large arrays, redundant boot drives, or advanced RAID modes we strongly recommend using a dedicated hardware controller card, but for simple configurations like mirroring or pooling there are options within Windows 10 which can be used without needing special hardware. This guide will cover a couple of those options and how to set them up.


Jared Lewis (Technology Consultant)

Consultant's Corner: Can I Run Older Software on a new PC?

Posted in Blog on 04/20/2021 by Jared Lewis

How can we meet the news of a customer who has legacy software needs? Recently Jared faced this issue where a customer wanted to run an older version of Windows but also wanted a new system with older port options.


What H.264/H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in DaVinci Resolve Studio?

Posted in Articles on 04/15/2021 by Matt Bach

Davinci Resolve Studio supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


What H.264/H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in Premiere Pro?

Posted in Articles on 04/15/2021 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in Premiere Pro.


Stability and Security Improving With Windows 21H2, Coming Soon

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/09/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A major Windows 10 update coming later in 2021 could finally fix a big problem with the operating system, as it will move third-party drivers to an isolated folder on your hard drive.


Episode 76 - Live Q&A w/ Dr. Don Kinghorn, Scientific Computing Advisor

Posted in News on 04/09/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week Dr. Don Kinghorn joins us to talk about Intel oneAPI, Rocket Lake, Ice Lake, Nvidia GTC, and more! Dr. Kinghorn is our resident Ph.D. and scientist. He is the escalation point for questions concerning HPC, Scientific Computing, Machine Learning, AI, Linux System Administration, and Troubleshooting. He also works on hardware systems validation for scientific workloads and provides an internal educational resource for others here at Puget Systems.


Some Great Password Manager Options and Reasons to Use Them

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/06/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

While we don't explicitly recommend using a Password manager, a lot of our customers use them so we thought it was important to provide our thoughts on the best options out there, the top features along with some common concerns.


An Introduction to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)

Posted in Support Software Guides on 04/06/2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A VPN (virtual private network) is becoming the go-to solution for people all around the world. While the subject may seem confusing, we break it down in simpler terms and help provide some solutions that might work well for you!


Episode 75 - 11th Gen Intel CPU Launch Roundtable w/ Labs

Posted in News on 04/02/2021 by Houston Bennett

Intel has updated its mainstream, desktop product line with several new 11th Gen Intel Core processors. These CPUs offer higher performance per clock than earlier generations, making them well suited for single- and lightly-threaded workloads.


Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor )

Intel Rocket Lake Compute Performance Results HPL HPCG NAMD and Numpy

Posted in HPC Blog on 03/31/2021 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

The new Intel Rocket Lake CPUs have been officially released. There were numerous posts and reviews before the official release date of March 30 2021, but I haven't seen anything about the numerical compute performance. I've had access to a Core-i9 11900KF 8-core CPU and have compared it with (my own) AMD 5800X system.


11th Gen Intel Core CPU Review Roundup

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Intel's new 11th Gen Core processors are here, with significant improvements including an advertised 19% improvement in IPC (instructions per clock), but with a drop in total core count on the high end. This makes it hard to estimate how each model will perform in the real world without application and workflow specific benchmarking and testing.


Unreal Engine: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in Unreal Engine?


Cinema 4D: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in Cinema 4D?


V-Ray: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Kelly Shipman

Recently, Intel announced their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, however, their top-of-the-line CPU now has fewer cores. How will these new CPUs compare to AMD in V-Ray?


Agisoft Metashape 1.7.2: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by William George

Intel has released their latest mainstream desktop CPU family, the 11th Gen Intel Core processors. We compare the top three models in this new lineup to the previous 10th Gen Core models and AMD's competing Ryzen 5000 Series in Agisoft Metashape.


Adobe Premiere Pro: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but will that be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in Premiere Pro?


Adobe Photoshop: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but will that be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in Photoshop?


Adobe Lightroom Classic: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but AMD currently has a large lead in applications like Lightroom Classic. Will these new CPUs be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in Lightroom Classic?


Adobe After Effects: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but will that be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in After Effects?


DaVinci Resolve Studio: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Posted in Articles on 03/30/2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but at the tope end have fewer total CPU cores. Will these changes allow Intel to overtake AMD for DaVinci Resolve?


GPU Rendering - NVIDIA RTX A6000 Multi-GPU Scaling

Posted in Articles on 03/26/2021 by Kelly Shipman

With the launch of Nvidia's RTX A6000 video card, we look at how well these cards scale in multi-GPU configurations for rendering in Redshift, OctaneRender, and V-Ray.


Episode 74 - Chatting about After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering with Adobe Dev. Sean Jenkin

Posted in News on 03/26/2021 by Houston Bennett

This week we're joined by Sean Jenkin, software engineering manager on the Adobe After Effects team. Matt and Houston chat with Sean about the nitty-gritty details of the Multi-Frame Rendering feature in After Effects! We're excited to get some in-depth information about how it all works and what is still to come!