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William George

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  • 13 years with Puget Systems

William’s love for computers began when he was four years old. An internship at Disney World and experience in retail electronics sales helped him hone his customer service skills. William’s career with Puget Systems began in 2005 in Inventory and Assembly. He worked in Sales and Consulting for nine years, helping customers configure and purchase their systems. In 2017, William moved into Labs, where he researches the applications our customers use, testing them on various types of computer hardware, and publishing articles and system recommendations. William loves the Puget Systems work environment and says there is no where else he’d rather be.

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, WA


William George's Recent Comments:

  • Tyan Thunder SX TN76-B7102 2U Server picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Because of the compact 2U form factor, this system is cooled by twelve 60mm fans - meaning it is *not* quiet. This is built for use in a data center or server room where performance is what matters, not acoustics.
  • HighPoint SSD7120 Quad U.2 RAID Card picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    While the SSD7120 has built-in RAID functionality, including VROC support, we have found that software RAID from within Windows 10 is generally the best option for both ease of use and performance.
  • StarTech PCIe to U.2 (SF-8643) picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    If needed, more than one of these cards could be used in a single system... but there are also single-card options with more U.2 ports if you need a lot of those drives.
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Turbo Rev. 2.0 Blower Fan picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This is a minor revision that brings a few nice changes: a more standardized length, rear power connections, and proper rear mounting holes for bracing. This makes it even better suited to multi-GPU use in tower and rackmount systems! I've also heard that this particular card has a more aggressive fan profile, meaning it could be a little louder than other cards of similar design - but again that makes it well suited to multi-GPU configurations where cooling is critical and noise is a secondary concern.
  • Tyan Thunder CX GT24E-B5556 1U Server picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Because of the compact 1U form factor, this system is *not* quiet... especially if a dedicated video card is used, in which case the chassis fans have to be run at maximum speed to ensure sufficient airflow.
  • Silverstone SG10 Puget Systems Edition Rev 2 picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This is an updated version of the SG10 chassis, with the main change being the removal of the slot-loading optical drive bay. I've never been a fan of slot-loading drives myself, but it was particularly problematic because of the lack of a physical eject button and the potential to have no drive installed inside but the slot still present (such that you could slide a disc through and land it inside the system). With how rarely optical discs are used anymore, this removal is a logical step. We still offer larger tower systems with optical drive options, for those who need them, and of course you can get external USB-based optical drives if you just need to use one on rare occasion.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Ultra 6GB Open Air picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    For those curious about the details, the GTX 1660 differs from the 1660 Ti in two primary ways: ~9% fewer stream processors (1408 vs 1536) and ~33% slower memory (GDDR5 instead of GDDR6). Both of these are solidly mid-range video cards, for their generation, but there is a measurable difference in performance... and price.
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 PCI-E 48GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This is effectively a RTX 6000 with double the memory (48 vs 24GB) and a mirror finish on the heatsink shroud. If you need a ton of VRAM, this is the most I've ever seen on a card from NVIDIA (as of early 2019, at least).
  • Samsung 31.5-inch UH850 UHD Monitor picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This monitor also supports Freesync, which matches the monitor's refresh rate to what the video card is able to put out instead of the other way around. Using that feature requires an AMD video card, though.
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Turbo Blower Fan picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    I've heard that this particular card has a more aggressive fan profile, meaning it could be a little louder than other cards of similar design - but also making it well suited to multi-GPU configurations where cooling is critical and noise is a secondary concern.