Product Line Updates

Posted on June 2, 2008 by Jon Bach

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We have a few product line updates today. Keep watching for some pretty big updates to our storage line and laptop line in the next few weeks!

1) We've moved our DVDRW line to Pioneer DVR-215DBK. The advantages are quiet operation -- Pioneer is regarded very highly on SPCR.

2) Added a new P190 Extreme cooling package. It uses the 4x120mm radiators across the top. I really do consider this an excellent setup. We built an excellent system with this cooling the other day. It used passive video cards, cooled with the 200mm side fan, and only used the liquid cooling to cool the CPUs. We could run the fans and pump and minimal settings and still get great cooling. Very quiet, considering it was an 8-core SLI system!

The P190 High Perf. Liquid Cooling Package includes the Koolance top with integrated pump (2x120mm radiator). The P190 Extreme Liquid Cooling Package includes the 4x120mm Koolance top, and CDROM bay pump/res. The P190 Extreme package still gives you double the radiator surface area, and all in all, is a very streamlined setup.

3) Added the Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5". This is like a Smart Drive enclosure, only it takes notebook drives and is a 3.5" form factor. DEFINITELY worth considering if you are interested in a very quiet setup. Or be super-extreme and put a notebook drive in this product, and then put that in a Smart Drive enclosure. I guarantee even the most demanding quiet user will be satisfied! Laptop hard drives in desktops is worth some serious consideration if you're building an ultra-quiet machine.

4) The Silverstone NT06-E has been added. This is an update to the NT06 -- more heatpipes, better cooling. I've put it in our system, but you have to speak with a Puget rep to get it on a quote -- we have to be really careful about cooling. It is intended to be used passively in the Silverstone SG01 case.

5) The Puget D500i and M700i laptops have been discontinued. In place of the D500i, we have a new 14" model (D400i). Note that it has integrated graphics, which is lower performance, but better battery life. We will be adding integrated graphics versions for all our sizes at a later date -- we have some samples to get in and review first before we finalize our action plan here.

dwight

How's the support for 64-bit Fedora 9?

Posted on 2008-06-03 08:12:15

I can get back to you on that -- we haven't tried it. We're 32-bit Ubuntu guys over here :)

Posted on 2008-06-03 09:52:36
SNMPguy

I can get back to you on that -- we haven't tried it. We're 32-bit Ubuntu guys over here :)

Jon, with that awesome O/S in mind, what graphics card do you recommend from your inventory that would be supported with Compiz (for desktop effects)? Most of the real high-end stuff seems to be overkill.

Posted on 2008-06-05 18:18:44
PCC- Builder Dan

It's probably at least decent on the D400i, as Intel tends to support their chipsets well. It's the Crestline package, GM965 / ICH8-M, if that helps. I don't know Fedora's website, and couldn't find specifics on that chipset there.

(Ubuntu for the win, although I use 64-bit)

Posted on 2008-06-03 19:12:27
alex530

Not much of a fan of that Pioneer drive as its CD-R write speed is limited to 40X. Did you guys ever take a look at the Samsung line? Just curious, did the Asus drives have a high failure rate or is Pioneer simply more quiet?

Posted on 2008-06-03 21:05:43
dwight

http://fedoraproject.org/ . Both will get you to the same point.

The big questions are always: video, sound, nic support.

Posted on 2008-07-04 22:03:56

The Asus drives were average - 3% failure rate. We do expect the Pioneer to be better, but 3% isn't why we made the change. We made the change for better media compatibility, and quiet operation. I'm curious as to whether the write speed is a concern for other people. To me, burning CDs has become something I do infrequently and don't really care about whether it takes 2m 37s (52x) or 3m 9s (40x). In fact, sometimes I turn down the speed, just to get a better burn. I could definitely see if you're burning CDs in bulk though -- is that what you do?

Its worth mentioning that Pioneer has a new drive coming in 1-2 months.

Posted on 2008-06-04 09:20:36
alex530

I do burn a lot of CD's. I also usually dial down the speed but the lower the write speed the more it needs to be dialed down. Does the new drive appear to be much better than the current one?

Posted on 2008-06-05 11:09:03

I can't realease details because I'm under NDA with Pioneer, but it is what you'd expect from a new release -- faster speeds across the board.

Posted on 2008-06-05 13:13:04

You're right that you don't need much! I'm a big fan of the 8500GT, but even onboard video on modern generation motherboards is enough for the job.

Posted on 2008-06-05 21:30:24
Zero.Freedom

About the laptops will the future be including some that is not integrated graphics versions type of laptops?

Posted on 2008-06-07 16:23:41

They're all not integrated graphics already -- our future line will be adding ones specifically with integrated graphics (lower performance, but also improved battery life).

Posted on 2008-06-08 18:19:51
Zero.Freedom

They're all not integrated graphics already -- our future line will be adding ones specifically with integrated graphics (lower performance, but also improved battery life).
I know Jon that current Product line are not all integrated graphics what I mean was that is Puget Computer phasing out the none integrated graphics version of the laptops in the near future or is the company is still planning to add new none integrated graphic version of the laptop back up?

Posted on 2008-06-09 11:56:05

I'm sorry, I'm having a very hard time following what you are saying.

My goal is to have integrated and discrete graphics options on all our sizes of laptops (13", 14", 15" and 17").

Posted on 2008-06-09 13:28:40
Zero.Freedom

I'm sorry, I'm having a very hard time following what you are saying.

My goal is to have integrated and discrete graphics options on all our sizes of laptops (13", 14", 15" and 17").
Ah thank you for the reply when I read the Product line updates my assumption was that Puget Computer system would phasing out the discrete graphic options on all the sizes of laptops and only carry the integrated graphic options only and sorry for the confusion Jon.

Posted on 2008-06-10 11:53:56