For some reason, I feel like I'm writing an obituary instead of a follow-up review for the Puget workstation. The computer itself has been flawless and that is the problem.
Sanitized, packed up, picked up, shipped out, on its way back to whence it came.
As a musician, I feel I should go out to my pickup truck and write a country song about the hurt. It's even brought back sad, sad memories of my old dog, Bubba (yes, Bubba was real… I'm a redneck… you can't make this stuff up) and my '69 Camaro. Those were the two things I missed most.
Now there are three.
Ok… maybe that's a bit overboard but this country boy almost has a tear in his eye just thinking about the big empty spot where that the Puget sat for weeks.
It certainly didn't start out that way for this extremely jaded computer user/hardware reviewer. I already had a couple of powerful systems… they were just finicky.
I was so unimpressed by the thought of setting up yet another computer that I wouldn't have done it had it not been my job to do so. Truth be told, it stayed in the box for several days. Don't get me wrong. Testing hardware is awesome, and I appreciate the opportunity but when you already drive a Corvette… another Corvette isn't all that exciting anymore.
Well… the Puget isn't a Corvette… it's a frickin' Bugatti.
The difference between the Puget and my computers (Dell XPS, HP Omen) was stark. In fairness, they were also spec'ed out differently with the XPS and Omen having less video and RAM capabilities along with an i7. The Puget has twin 2080ti's and more RAM with the next generation i9 but the HP Omen has a powerful i7 along with a Titan RTX 64 MB video card that tricks it out quite a bit over standard.
It was basically like pitting a Corvette against a Bugatti except for one major factor. Cost. The Puget cost more than the XPS or Omen but not THAT much more. You get everything the Corvette has plus all the cool and powerful goodness of the Bugatti at a price not that far north of the Omen. In fact, it's in the same neighborhood based on my configurations.
As some of you know, I struggled mightily to get the XPS and Omen set up for work with the XPS being the most difficult by far. A failed Windows 10 update that forced a clean install moved the Omen further ahead of the XPS but it's not within sight of the Puget.
There was no struggle to set up the system. All the software not only installed hassle-free but played well together. That is something they don't do on my XPS and Dell as 3D apps tend to be resource-hungry requiring closing some apps to get smooth operation in others. The Puget handled 3DS Max, Substance Painter, Photoshop and several Reallusion real-time apps with ease while I had a lot of resource-hungry Chrome tabs open.
We are forced to deal with apps that seem to take HOURS to startup even though it's usually less than a minute. Hey… that minute can take FOREVER if you are an impatient digital artist needing to wow the interweb with your latest masterpiece. We got… I mean those folks got things to do, so we keep an impossible number of tabs open along with an even more impossible amount of applications running in the background, foreground and any other ground that can hold a window.
With my systems, this will eventually lead to a Blue Screen that asks you to patiently wait while it takes three days logging all the crap you had running and what really happened.
The Puget workstation just chugged on no matter how many tabs or apps I had pushing and pulling for resources and screen time. I remember Alt-Tabbing more than once to see a screen FILLED with open applications to choose from. I may have run this many apps and windows open on other systems but none so smoothly and error-free as this.
Two things I find important in using the Puget:
- The ability to open as many apps and tabs as needed.
- NO billable hours lost to crashes, BSODs or downtime during a work session.
Two unexpected things I do not like from using the Puget:
- Intense weeping and gnashing of teeth after returning the system.
- I did keep the Puget stress toy and now I see how incredibly nice or diabolically clever they are at Puget Systems. They knew I would need that toy to combat Puget workstation withdrawal.
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.