To configure your workstation for Adobe Creative Cloud CC
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 CC. At the foot of this page you will find our video for an intelligent rendering in AfterEffects with RedGaint.
The Right CPU for Adobe Creative Cloud
When choosing the CPU it is important to consider the following: Which Adobe Creative Cloud programs are used intensively? If you mainly use Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and InDesign, an Intel Xeon Quad-Core processor with a high clock frequency from 3.5 GHz is sufficient. However, if Premiere Pro and After Effects are used frequently, we recommend using a high-frequency Intel Xeon Six- or Octa-Core processor. Depending on your budget, a workstation with dual processors is the better option. Please pay at minimum attention to the addition V2 when selecting the processor. The V stands for Ivy Bridge Microarchitecture for Server and Workstation. We recommend you to use processors with the addition V3 and V4, because these CPUs are up to 30% more powerful than older models.
How much RAM for Adobe Creative Cloud?
Since most applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud are very memory-hungry, please use as much memory as your budget allows. In order for the CPU to be able to use the memory optimally, make sure that the memory channels are used correctly. We recommend the use of at least 32 GB RAM, with the option to add additional modules to your workstation at a later date. We recommend Multi Channel RAM. Using the multi-channel architecture increases data transfer speed between memory and memory controller by allowing data to be sent at the same time on multiple memory channels.
The right GPU for Adobe Creative Cloud
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. For GPU acceleration, an nVidia Quadro P4000 with 8GB, an nVidia Geforce RTX 2080 with 8GB and 2944 Cuda-Cores.as an entry-level graphics card is a good choice. A good alternative from AMD is the FirePro W7100 with 8GB and 1792 streaming processors. The use of a professional graphics card leads to faster render results, increases performance and you are able to use several functions at the same time. If more powerful graphics cards such as the nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 or 3080 are used, please make sure that your workstation provides the necessary 8-pin adapters for the power supply of your graphics card. HP Z-Series workstations only work with a special 6-pin to 8-pin adapter from HP, model N1G35AA, to provide power for high-end graphics cards. If you are working with large scenes and want to use more than one graphics card, use only the same models from a series to avoid system crashes in Photoshop. For this purpose we recommend the nVidia Titan XP with 12GB and 3840 Cuda cores.
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. We recommend to install the operating system on a M.2 SSD with enough storage space.