Puget Systems is known for building state-of-the-art, beastly Windows machines perfect for everything from video editing to heavy-duty visual effects. These workstations are purpose-built to tackle the most difficult parts of the entertainment industry, which makes them a great comparison to the Mac Pro. 

The company also has a great relationship with AMD, which allowed it first dibs on the new Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series processors. What did they find, and will the new chips be featured in Puget Systems' new workstations?

Big Rig, Big Power

As we mentioned, Puget Systems was the first company outside of AMD that was able to do extensive benchmark testing of the new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series processors. They tested them in real-world scenarios of post-production, photo editing, virtual production, 3D design and animation, and rendering. The company was so impressed that it will feature the new chips in workstations starting July 2022.

Can Puget Systems beat the Mac editing workstations?Credit: Puget Systems

The AMD processors will come with 24, 32, and 64 cores and were tested by Puget Systems Labs with popular software suites like DaVinci Resolve Studio, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, and more. The gang's overall analysis? The new processors are a huge step up from the previous generation, the 3000 WX-Series, and also beat the Intel Xeon W-3300 series of processors.

Here are links to the benchmark analysis from Puget Systems Labs:

At the top is the 64-core, 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX, a real monster of a processor that will be able to handle just about anything thrown at it. Of course, an excellent GPU will make it even better with tasks that rely less on the CPU. 

Mac vs PC

Depending on who you ask, you get one of two responses. Mac is better, PCs are terrible—or a PC is best and Macs can suck it. But these two platforms aren't exactly 1:1, nor are they that different.

If we exclude Apple Silicon for a moment, both operating systems can run on similar hardware even though they have different underlying architecture, and most creative software can run on both. But Apple keeps limits on what you can do with its hardware and software, while Windows allows you to do literally anything. At least with Windows 10 and earlier.

Depending on your use case, choosing one or the other really just boils down to preference, unless you want Vegas Pro or Final Cut Pro X (the former is Windows only and the latter Mac only).

So what makes Puget Systems stand out from regular PCs or Windows machines? To start, these guys are building them. Here's the gang talking about the new Threadripper if you want to get nerdy.  

Also, a workstation from Puget Systems can run Linux or Windows, and probably MacOS if you're feeling adventurous. Just don't tell Apple or Puget Systems. It's all about customizability. There are plenty of use cases where a purpose-built machine is necessary, such as render farms, or custom-built VFX applications that only run in Linux. They're also great for streaming, gaming, game design, and high-end engineering.

Think of Puget Systems as the anti-Apple, where you get unfettered freedom to design your hardware to your specific need. But now, they also pack hard-hitting AMD muscle. 

Should You Get It?

The question is, do you need it? If you need a Mac Pro, then a Puget Systems workstation is a perfect alternative and can sometimes be a better option. If all your work is done on a MacBook Air, this might be out of your scope of need, as these workstations start at just over $3,000. 

If you are looking for a new Windows or Linux-based workstation and can wait just a couple of extra weeks, getting a system from Puget with the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-series of processors will be well worth it. You can even call up the company, and they will discuss your current system and needs, and where you'll be in the future, such as editing 8K and beyond. From there, the techs at Puget Systems will customize the right workstation for you that will last for years to come.

Try getting this kind of service from Dell. If you want to learn more, check out Puget's website.

Will you be considering Puget Systems and the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-series of processors for your next workstation? Are you a Mac user looking to make a move to Windows? Let us know in the comments!

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