William George (Puget Labs)

Stop Directly Comparing CPU Specs

Written on August 8, 2017 by William George

Every time a new generation of CPUs is announced, I see a number of people writing about how they think it will be faster (or slower) than current technology because of the advertised specifications. CPU specs alone don't tell the whole story, though, and comparing core count and clock speed across different brands or generations of processors is extremely misleading. Stop doing it!



William George (Puget Labs)

ANSYS Mechanical - Balancing Performance and Licensing Costs

Written on August 4, 2017 by William George

We test a lot of software here at Puget Systems, and in most cases what we are looking for is what hardware lets a given program run the fastest - or in some cases, what is the most cost effective. If you can get 95% of the best possible performance for half the price that it would cost to get a full 100%, for example, that is often a compelling way to go. However, ANSYS Mechanical (and FLUENT) present a different challenge: how can you get the best performance within the limitations of the ANSYS licensing model?



Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service)

An Introduction to Understanding 8-bit vs. 10-bit hardware

Written on July 17, 2017 by Jeff Stubbers

If you are a photo or video editor wondering if you should go with 8-bit or 10-bit hardware, this article is for you!



William George (Puget Labs)

Intel & AMD: The 2017 CPU Wars

Written on June 16, 2017 by William George

AMD is releasing a whole spectrum of new CPUs this year, from the consumer oriented Ryzen to the server-class Epyc. In response, Intel has accelerated their normal processor release cadence and is putting out new products across the board as well. We are here to explain a bit about what is going on, what to look forward to, and whether it is worth waiting for.



William George (Puget Labs)

CPU Cores and Clock Speed - A Car Analogy

Written on May 31, 2017 by William George

We have published a short video looking at the basics of CPU cores and clock speed using the time honored tradition of a car analogy.


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Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer)

An Unhealthy Obsession

Written on May 26, 2017 by Brett Nordquist

UPS delivered a box to my door two weeks ago. Inside was something I told myself I didn't need because I already had a phone and tablet. My spouse and close friend talked about theirs at a level that borders on a unhealthy obsession.



Wilson Chau (Customer Service Lead)

Thunderbolt with PCs

Written on April 9, 2017 by Wilson Chau

We have recently an influx of Mac users wanting to migrate to PC but they generally have a few concerns. The first is having to learn Windows. The other is having Thunderbolt support. Let's see how we address those issues.



William George (Puget Labs)

SSD vs HDD - Responsiveness Comparison

Written on April 4, 2017 by William George

Everyone knows that solid state drives are much faster than magnetic hard drives, but just how much of a difference does it make when using typical applications in Windows? We made a video to demonstrate!


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William George (Puget Labs)

Windows 7: The End is Nigh

Written on March 16, 2017 by William George

Windows 7 updates are being limited by Microsoft on the latest processor platforms, and in combination with the other issues we've seen lately when installing Windows 7 we are now only listing it as an option on well-supported configurations... until we run out of licenses, then it's over.



Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer)

Bring On The New Year

Written on January 20, 2017 by Brett Nordquist

The start to a new year is a good time to review your PC. Last weekend I pulled out my desktop PC and performed the following:



Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer)

My 5 Favorite Products of 2016

Written on December 9, 2016 by Brett Nordquist

With 2016 coming to end, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of my favorite products of the last year. I prefer products that seamlessly blend into my life. That means they shouldn't require a lot of updates or ask me to change my behavior very much in order to enjoy them. With that in mind, here are five of my favorite products of 2016:



Ruben Romero (Production Technician)

GPU Sag

Written on November 28, 2016 by Ruben Romero

How the weight of a video card can affect a PCIe slot


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Nick Krader (Repair Technician)

When stock solutions just won't cut it

Written on November 16, 2016 by Nick Krader

Thought and work behind getting a problem fixed with one of our bigger chassis.


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Nick Krader (Repair Technician)

[BuildLog] 10Core i7 Workstation

Written on November 3, 2016 by Nick Krader

A series showing the assembly process of customer machines here at Puget Systems. This time is an i7 with Quadro GPU inside a Fractal Define R5.


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William George (Puget Labs)

Podcast - William on Photo Taco

Written on August 23, 2016 by William George

William was recently a guest on the Photo Taco podcast, hosted by Jeff Harmon. You can listen to the podcast on the Improve Photography website, with William's interview starting at about 13 minutes in.



Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service)

New Keyboard and Mouse options

Written on August 10, 2016 by Jeff Stubbers

In a continued effort to offer higher quality components and better options, we recently took a look at our keyboard and mouse selection in answer to some recent feedback from customers.


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William George (Puget Labs)

Titan X is dead, long live Titan X!

Written on July 22, 2016 by William George

Meet the all new Titan X, and don't get confused by the name



Nick Krader (Repair Technician)

[BuildLog] Dual Socket Broadwell-EP Xeon Insanity

Written on July 12, 2016 by Nick Krader

A series showing the assembly process of customer machines here at Puget Systems. This time is a dual CPU Xeon with dual GTX1080


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Richard Falk (Customer Support)

Confusion Regarding Product Specifications -Part One

Written on June 30, 2016 by

Today I am discussing product specifications, and if they can truly be trusted. In Part One, I will be covering Hard Drives and CPUs.



Christopher Lee Crader (Customer Support)

ASUS Live Update Utility and Broken Security

Written on June 5, 2016 by

The ASUS LiveUpdate utility has been found to have a security flaw. It allows remote HTTP requests to push updates. How does this impact Puget computers that use ASUS motherboards?



Richard Falk (Customer Support)

EVGA GTX 1080 Trade-In Offer

Written on June 3, 2016 by

If you have you purchased a new computer with an EVGA GTX graphics card within that last 90 days and want to upgrade to a new Pascal GPU, EVGA has a program to allow you to trade in your existing card and upgrade to a better or newer model.



Matthew Bach (Puget Labs)

A quick look at GTX 1080 performance in Premiere Pro

Written on June 1, 2016 by Matthew Bach

The new GTX 1080 has shown some impressive results in gaming benchmarks, but how well does it work in Premiere Pro?


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Samyntha Hubbard (Customer Support Lead)

A word from a Support Technician at Puget Systems

Written on May 10, 2016 by Samyntha Hubbard

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 assistance with 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.



William George (Puget Labs)

GeForce GTX 1080 & 1070 Frequently Asked Questions

Written on May 10, 2016 by William George

NVIDIA's announcement of the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 video cards has a lot of folks excited, and I've responded to several questions over the last few days regarding these cards. In an effort to help a wider audience who probably have similar questions, I've put together a summary of what we know at this point about these upcoming graphics cards.



Richard Falk (Customer Support)

CPU Coolers and My Experiment

Written on March 30, 2016 by

In order to double check the accuracy of Noctua's Cpu cooler product we put its specifications to the test. This will explain CPU coolers and what we found.


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