Here at Puget Systems we certainly aren’t always the cheapest option, but I have always believed that we provide a lot of value – from our Labs testing and no-pressure consultations to our in-depth quality control processes and lifetime tech support. Since AMD just launched the new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series, I thought this would be a great time to go back to my consulting roots and share some real-world price comparisons with one of our competitors: Lenovo.
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.
For a long time I helped customers here at Puget Systems select the right hardware for their computers, but I didn’t apply a key principle that I used at work to my own builds. Realizing that, I want to share this insight with other PC enthusiasts.