What Happened to High End Desktop (HEDT) Processors?

For several years, both AMD and Intel have offered five general categories of CPUs: Mobile, Consumer Desktop, High-End Desktop, Server, and Workstation. Something strange has been happening to the middle segment, though: HEDT processors are disappearing!

The Unreal Engine Benchmark Begins

After spending time researching how various industries use Unreal Engine, I’ve begun learning Unreal’s Blueprint system and have the beginnings of the benchmark.

Consultant’s Corner: Building a Workstation for Blender

A recent call from a customer came with a unique problem: She needed a system optimized to run Blender, a program that Puget Labs has not yet directly tested. Blender is an open-source application used for a host of content creation, from animation and visual effects, to virtual reality, rendering, and computer games.

Unexpected Data

A lot of what we do in Labs is somewhat predictable. But what we are really looking for is the unexpected.

Samsung SSD Speed Comparison

Our systems have moved to almost entirely to solid-state drives (SSDs) for primary storage, making our old video looking at hard drive vs SSD boot times rather outdated. But are all of the SSDs we use equal, or are there benefits to one over another for typical computer usage? We compared four of the Samsung models we carry to see how they compare in boot up, file copy, and application launch times.

Spending More

“What do I get if I spend more?”

This question comes up quite frequently when I’m speaking with customers, especially if they are considering upgrading from an older computer. I believe most people are referring to “more” performance, but that’s not always the case.

Intels Core Xperiment i9 9990XE

Intel launched a new processor in their Core X series recently, and it is novel in many ways. It combines a fairly high core count with very high clock speeds, at the cost of power consumption and high heat output. It also is very limited in availability, being offered only to select system integrators via a private auction. We got our hands on one in the first auction, and have been putting it through several rounds of benchmarking to see if it is worth the price and hassle, as well as to determine if we will be offering it in our workstations.