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William George

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  • 14 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:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 3.8GHz Twelve Core 105W picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This is almost exactly the same as AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X processor, just with 100MHz higher maximum boost speed. The practical impact of that is about 1-2% higher performance in most applications, which is almost impossible to notice without actually timing things... but since the price is the same, there is really no reason not to get this model if it is available.
  • Intel Core i9 10850K 3.6GHz Ten Core 20MB 125W picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This CPU almost exactly the same as Intel's Core i9 10900K processor, just with 100MHz lower base and max turbo clock speeds and a slightly lower price to match. The practical impact of that is about 2-3% lower performance in most applications, which is almost impossible to notice without actually timing things.
  • Gigabyte X299 Designare EX picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Please note that the PCI-Express slot speeds depend on the processor installed. Some older, lower-end chips have fewer PCI-E lanes, so if you plan on getting a lot of expansion cards you may want to check with our consultants to make sure you get a CPU that will support everything you need.
  • Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Please note that when building AMD Threadripper rackmount systems we replace the stock Noctua fans on this cooler with higher airflow models from Everflow. That increases noise substantially, but then stock 4U rackmount case fans are not quiet to begin with anyhow.
  • Gigabyte Z490 Vision D picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    It is worth noting that the default behavior of the BIOS on this motherboard does not automatically follow Intel's CPU power limit guidelines, so when building systems with this board we manually set those power limits based on Intel's specs for whatever processor is being used.
  • MSI TRX40 PRO WiFi picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    It is unfortunate that this motherboard doesn't support quad GPUs, but for many applications the new Threadripper processors are amazing - and many of the programs where it excels don't need multi-GPU support anyway. This board also does not support TPM, so just a heads-up for anyone who needs that.
  • Western Digital Black SN750 2TB M.2 SSD picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This drive is very similar in performance and rated endurance to Samsung's 970 EVO Plus line, making it a great alternative to those drives. The controller and NAND memory are made in-house by Western Digital & Sandisk.
  • Western Digital Black SN750 1TB M.2 SSD picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This drive is very similar in performance and rated endurance to Samsung's 970 EVO Plus line, making it a great alternative to those drives. The controller and NAND memory are made in-house by Western Digital & Sandisk.
  • Asetek 650LX Thick 120mm CPU Cooler picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    As AIO coolers go, this is a nice one - but I still prefer heatsink & fan combinations for most systems. They can be even quieter than these liquid-cooling units, with fewer failure points (no pump, no leaks) and easier fan replacement if one fails.
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 2.9GHz 64 Core 280W picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Because of its massive thread count (64 cores x 2 threads per core via SMT = 128 threads) it is recommended to use Windows 10 Pro for Workstations with this processor. The normal version of Windows 10 Pro splits up processors with >64 threads in ways which some applications cannot recognize, potentially limiting real-world performance.