As it always is in life, the Puget System workstation was delivered during a time of travel, changing weather and not enough hours in the day to take the system out of the box (which was massive) right away. In fact, I had to wait a few days before I could really put the system to use.
I did finally unbox it to make sure the system survived shipping. Everything was in great shape. The packing was top notch with instructions on how to properly unpack such a large box of digital power. It was kind of like getting a Chevrolet crate engine for your hot rod only you don't need an engine stand. I would recommend help though.
This thing is massive compared to a gaming spec'ed pc like the HP Omen or Dell XPS. With this mass comes weight. While it may be called a desktop, this is a piece of equipment that will most likely end up under a desk or next to it. With the help of a friend or a tired back.
So far... that tired back has been worth every bit of the effort.
Even though this i9 powered beast was delivered with a notebook full of what looks to be extensive testing and benchmarking I still ran it through Cinemark to see how it ranked. It came in an impressive fourth behind only the Xeon Platinum, Xeon E7 and AMD 16 core Ryzen Threadripper. All heavy-duty pieces of equipment in their own right.
With that bit of technobabble out of the way, I got braced for a day-long stint of downloading and installing software like Studio Max, Marvelous Designer, Blender, Photoshop, iClone and Character Creator 3. Just getting ready to go to work on a new workstation could take a day or two getting everything in order.
Then... with little fanfare ... I was finished installing and it wasn't even late in the day. I take downloading and installing for granted, knowing it will be tedious. This, however, was something else entirely. It went so smoothly and quickly that it shaved hours off just setting up the machine for work. If I was an IT administrator in a digital art house, I'd take notice of this small but important perk.
For starters, I chose to prototype a Steampunk character using Reallusion's Character Creator 3 for the base mesh. I imported the CC3 OBJ file into Marvelous Designer as an avatar and set about making clothing.
During this time, I downloaded other tools I would need like Substance Painter importing accessories and clothing into it to be textured. I was also updating several applications along with a few plug-ins. And I installed a Samsung Odyssey for VR work... and ok... games.
All this went on in a short period of time with no glitches. Instead of waiting until everything was downloaded and installed I did some of it while I worked. I have tried this before and not had such good results with my high-end gaming PCs.
I fear I am about to fall victim to something that happens to most tech writers eventually. The fact that I might not want to go back to using my “old” system for the work I love doing. Take into account the fact that I already operate two fairly new high-end i7's... it's just not in the cards to purchase another machine but the price certainly won't keep me from doing so.
It is very competitive for this type of equipment and has the advantage of not being slapped together on your kitchen table from parts you hope and pray play nice with each other. And let's not forget the support of a company that depends on you being happy.
So far, I can't comment on the support any further as I have had no need for help. The system, to this point, has performed flawlessly. I was able to complete the prototype character much sooner than usual while multitasking the machine as much as possible.
This is just a start. From this point on I will be using it for projects in asset, video production, and VR.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.