Any time you use new computer components, you are subject to the risk of manufacturing defects, shipping damage, and many other possible sources of hardware failure. A “burn-in” process stresses the components in a system, so that if they are close to failure, we can make sure they break here – allowing us to fix or replace them before the computer gets to our customer. It is much like the way Boeing puts huge stresses on aircraft wings before flying the aircraft: if the wings have a defect, and are going to fail, they want that failure to happen before the aircraft leaves the plant. So, a burn-in test helps ensure that only hardware without defects leaves our facility.
What exactly do we do? The first test we run is very targeted, with a rigorous memory verification tool that makes sure the proper amount of system RAM is detected and that it functions without error for an extended period of time. This test also hits the CPU pretty hard, and depending on the amount of memory in the computer can last several hours. It is critical to make sure that the RAM is rock-solid before moving on, though, since misbehaving memory can cause a whole host of issues once the operating system is up and running.
Next, Windows is installed and all driver and OS updates are applied. Afterward, we run several benchmarks to collect performance data which we use to make sure the workstation is performing as expected for its particular specifications. Toward the end of that process we use a combination of utilities at the same time, with the specific intention of pushing the hardware to its limits – putting the CPU, RAM, and GPU(s) under heavy load for several minutes to ensure stable operation, before considering the PC ready for quality control. A similar system-wide stress test is run again as part of QC, where we can also monitor temperatures to ensure adequate cooling and power draw from the wall to verify that the included power supply will be able to run the computer safely.
Read what our customers have to say about our burn-in process!
I’ve now had my Puget computer for nearly 8 years, and it’s still cruising! Order #147756. By far, the most reliable — and quiet — machine I’ve ever owned.
Beast of a Machine
Amazing build and amazing customer service and support. I will be using Puget for all of my render machine needs.
Best Machine To Date
Ordered my MTX machine a little while ago and finally got to put it thru the paces. Loving it, not only did it cut my work time down by 3/4 but it also didn’t come loaded with a bunch of 3rd party junk that is a pain to uninstall. My new desktop is just the right size to fit my space, does everything I want and more all while looking simple and purposeful.
Nathan did a few assessments with me as we made sure we got the right machine and case for my needs. He was super patient and professional with me. He was not pushy or eager when I told him I needed some time to think about it, as it was high in my price range. But when I got back to him a week or so later he was up to speed and had my quote set up. Everything about the specs and payment was super easy and straightforward.
A week later I was getting pics and benchmarks of my machine being built, it was delivered on time and in great packaging. Setup was seamless and easy. Not only did Puget send a great start up guide by email but once my system was running there is more set up guide e-booklets already pre-installed and ready for easy access. Creative cloud was also pre installed and with a little bit of money spent on cables I have the best Editing computer I’ve ever owned. There was no lack of high speed ports or documentation to know which ports have which speed limitations.
Thanks so much Puget Systems ! I will not hesitate to refer you to anyone I know. And thanks to Dustin @smartereveryday for the great tour that gave me the inside view on such a competent company !
My old iMac died sooner than expected so I reached out to Puget Systems after learning about them through School of Motion. I was very appreciative of their help. They answered all my questions and did so in a non-condescending manor, which I really appreciated. They helped me to select a machine that would support me in my current work, but would also be able to keep up while I grew in my industry and tackled larger and more complex projects. I also really appreciated the build updates that came through and how quickly they were able to put together my new system. They also offered advice on additional accessories such as monitors and speakers.
Through the whole process I felt confident and supported. My system arrived safe and sound over the weekend and I’m now up and running without issue and rigging up some characters as we speak.
I have purchased two systems now from Puget, and both are fantastic. Customer service from everyone involved in the process has been outstanding. Their expertise and recommendations are invaluable when designing a new system. I’ll definitely be coming back when needed.
I needed to upgrade my CAD workstation and all the prebuilt systems were not what I was looking for. Puget gave me a base system based on my preferences and allowed me to change the main components to my needs. This was extremely helpful and the system is exactly what I needed. Great company, building great systems.
Makes me feel like I built it myself, except for no problems
Purchased my last 4 systems since 2009, three gaming machines and one server, between then and 2023, my latest. I used to build my own systems, but got lazy and sick of issues. With Puget Systems, I’m picking the build, but they are doing all the work, plus warrantying it all. I’ve actually never had to contact them for warranty support – they have been absolutely solid. I have had several pre-purchase conversations and they are extremely helpful. Highly recommend!
Surprisingly Incredible Service!
Having purchased many computers, and having some custom built for me, I can say the customer service at Puget Systems exceeds all the others. From Nathan calling and helping me choose the best configuration, to the email and online build progress updates, the process was reassuring that I had picked the right company for my next rig. I highly recommend them!
Great new computer!
Received my new computer from Puget Systems. It’s great! The sales staff at Puget Systems is excellent – If there’s anything better than their sales staff it’s their tech support!
Puget Systems Creator PC
Good website to price and build options. Follow up from the expert staff was excellent and improved my order. PC was built, tested and shipped quickly. The shipment included a comprehensive manual, extra cables and hardware. It made it very easy to install two SSD’s and graphics card from my old PC. It made the dreaded process of buying a new system painless and easy.
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