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William George

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  • 15 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:

  • Noctua NH-U12A picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Noctua fans and heatsinks are of the highest quality, and extremely quiet. This particular model has a beefy heatsink and uses the latest Noctua fans, which push even more air than past designs without increasing the noise level. This variant works with current Intel Core and Core X processors as well as AMD Ryzen models (and some older chips as well).
  • Logitech M500S High Precision Optical Mouse picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    Please note that the shape of this mouse means it is suitable for right-hand use only.
  • Samsung 980 Pro 1TB M.2 SSD picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This new 980 Pro series from Samsung gains a lot of speed, but also costs less per GB than previous Pro models. The trade-off is that these drives' endurance has been cut in half - likely due to the use of more data-dense memory (3-bit NAND instead of 2-bit). For most use cases, however, that should not be a problem.
  • JDS Labs ELEMENT II picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    One thing to note about this DAC is that the headphone and RCA outputs cannot both be active at the same time. You can switch between them by pressing and holding the power button.
  • Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 HDMI PCI-E Capture Card picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This card can both capture and pass through a HDMI signal with up to 4K resolution, but recording at high resolutions and high frame rates needs a powerful video card as well. Systems without a dedicated, high-end NVIDIA graphics card will be limited in this regard. With a Core i9 10900K, for example, I found that 4K at 30fps was doable but trying to push 60fps resulted in a lot of dropped frames. 1080P should be doable at 60fps, though, at least with a decent processor.
  • MSI MPG B550I GAMING EDGE WIFI picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    A couple of oddities about this board are worth noting, but shouldn't impact most users:

    - The HDMI connection on this motherboard only works with CPUs that have built-in graphics, but the higher-end Ryzen chips we carry don't support that feature (since almost everyone uses a dedicated video card)

    - The onboard NIC does not support Linux, so users of that OS will want to have a dedicated network card added
  • PNY Quadro P1000 V2 PCI-E 4GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    This updated version of the P1000 comes with the full-height bracket installed, rather than the half-height, but that is fine since most systems use full-height expansion slots anyways.
  • Asus ROG STRIX Z490-G picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    The onboard Ethernet controller on this motherboard doesn't behave well under Linux, so if you are going to use that OS (and assuming you want wired networking capabilities) I would recommend adding a dedicated NIC.
  • Asus TUF B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    A couple of oddities about this board are worth noting, but shouldn't impact most users:

    - The HDMI and DisplayPort connections on this motherboard are for CPUs with built-in graphics, but the higher-end Ryzen chips we carry don't support that feature (since almost everyone uses a dedicated video card)

    - The onboard NIC does not support Linux, so users of that OS will want to have a dedicated network card added
  • MSI MPG B550M MORTAR WIFI picture
    William George (Puget Labs Technician) Says:
    A couple of oddities about this board are worth noting, but shouldn't impact most users:

    - The HDMI and DisplayPort connections on this motherboard are for CPUs with built-in graphics, but the higher-end Ryzen chips we carry don't support that feature (since almost everyone uses a dedicated video card)

    - If a second M.2 drive is installed, it will disable the bottom PCI-Express x4 slot

    - The onboard NIC does not support Linux, so users of that OS will want to have a dedicated network card added