How to configure your workstation for Adobe Creative Cloud 2024

Adobe Creative Cloud is a comprehensive and powerful graphics software package designed specifically for graphic artists, professional photographers, and web designers. The package includes video and graphics applications such as Premiere Pro, After Effects and Illustrator, as well as a number of image editing applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom. Here is our hardware recommendation for Adobe Creative Cloud 2023. At the foot of this page you will find our video for an intelligent rendering in AfterEffects with RedGaint.

Enterprise Workstation for Adobe CC 2024

Adobe Creative Cloud 2024 places high demands on hardware, especially when working with demanding projects in areas such as graphic design, video editing and 3D animation. To ensure that your workstation meets these requirements and offers optimal performance, carefully selected components such as CPU, RAM, GPU and hard drives are crucial. The following describes a suitable configuration for an enterprise workstation designed to handle simple, medium and complex projects with Adobe CC 2024.

Powerful processing unit (CPU) for Adobe CC 2024

The CPU is the heart of every workstation and plays a central role in processing complex tasks and multitasking. A high core count and multithreading capabilities are crucial to ensure smooth performance and fast rendering times. We recommend the following for Adobe CC 2024:

  • Simple projects: Intel Core i5, 13600K or Intel Xeon W-2225, 6 cores, 12 threads.
  • Medium projects: Intel Core i7, 13700K or Intel Xeon W-2245, 8 cores, 16 threads.
  • Complex projects: Intel Core i9, 13900K or Intel Xeon W-2275, 12-16 cores, 24-32 threads.

How much RAM for Adobe Creative Cloud 2024?

RAM is a critical factor for the performance of Adobe CC, especially when editing large files and using multiple programmes simultaneously. Sufficient RAM prevents bottlenecks and enables large amounts of data to be processed efficiently.:

  • Simple projects: 16 GB DDR4 RAM.
  • Medium projects: 32 GB DDR4 RAM.
  • Complex projects: 64 GB or more DDR4/DDR5 RAM.

Productive GPU for Adobe Creative Cloud 2024

The GPU is essential for hardware acceleration in Adobe CC and improves performance for graphically intensive tasks such as video editing and 3D rendering. A powerful GPU accelerates rendering, video preview and enables smooth playback of high-resolution material. For optimal performance, we recommend that you only use graphics cards tested by Adobe Creative Cloud. Premiere Pro uses the graphics card's memory for rendering. You can optimize performance by providing sufficient GPU memory (VRAM) and CPU memory:

  • Simple projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060Ti (8GB) or Nvidia Quadro P4000 (8GB).
  • Medium projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super (12GB) or Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 (8GB).
  • Complex projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 (16GB) or Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 ADA (20GB)

Profit M.2 NVMe SSD in Adobe Creative Cloud 2024

Fast and reliable storage solutions are crucial for storing and quickly accessing large files. A fast NVMe SSD ensures fast load times and quick access to applications and project files, while additional NVMe SSDs provide ample storage space. The Adobe Creative Cloud benefits in every respect from the use of SSD hard disks. The operating system and its programs load much faster and access to their data is extremely accelerated. Install your operating system on an M.2 NVMe SSD with enough storage space. We recommend to save system and project data on different hard disks. For project data, we recommend an M.2 NVME SSD or HP Z Turbo Drive. We have been installing new Samsung SSDs and Samsung NVMe SSDs in our business workstations for years.

  • Simple projects: 512 GB NVMe SSD for the operating system and Adobe CC applications, 1 TB NVMe for data storage.
  • Medium projects: 1 TB NVMe NVMe SSD for the operating system and Adobe CC applications, 2 TB NVMe SSD for data storage.
  • Complex projects: 2 TB NVMe SSD for the operating system and Adobe CC applications, 4 TB NVMe SSD for data storage, plus a RAID array for data backup and fast access.

Our conclusion

An optimally configured enterprise workstation is essential to utilise the full performance and efficiency of Adobe Creative Cloud 2024. By making the right choice of CPU, RAM, GPU and hard drives, you can ensure that your workstation is equally equipped for simple, medium and complex projects. These configurations provide the performance and reliability you need to optimise creative processes and work productively.

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