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 6-Core processor with a high clock frequency from 4.00 GHz in Turbo Boost is sufficient. However, if Premiere Pro and After Effects are used frequently, we recommend using a high-frequency Intel Xeon 8- or 10-Core processor. A good alternative is an Intel i7 9700 with 8 cores and up to 4.70GHz in Turbo Boost or an Intel i9 10900X with 10 cores and a base clock of 3.7GHz. Depending on your budget, a workstation with dual processors is the better option. Please pay at minimum attention to the addition V3 when selecting the processor. The V stands for Ivy Bridge Microarchitecture for Server and Workstation. We recommend you to use processors with the addition V4, because these CPUs are up to 30% more powerful than older models. Business workstations have a significantly lower support expenditure compared to budget-optimized systems due to the high-quality components. A poor cooling system inevitably leads to a reduction in the processor clock. The computing power is significantly reduced by inadequate cooling.
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. Pay attention to the available memory banks and the maximum configuration option of the RAM. 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. We always stock our business workstation in Quad Channel mode. For complex renderings, we recommend using 64-128 GB of ECC memory.
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, a NVIDIA Quadro P4000 with 8GB, a NVIDIA Quadro RTX4000 with 8GB and 2304 Cuda-Cores or an NVIDIA RTX A2000 with 6GB VRAM as an entry-level graphics card is a good choice. A good alternative from AMD is the RadeonPro W6600 with 8GB and 1792 streaming processors. The AMD Radeon Pro W6800 has considerably more computing power. For complex projects, 32GB VRAM and 3,840 streaming processors are available. 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. NVIDIA Geforce RTX series graphics cards, such as the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3060, 3070, or RTX3080, work well with Adobe CC. 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 optimal handling of more complex scenes, we recommend the new NVIDIA graphics card technology of the RTX series. Preferably RTX A2000 with 12GB, RTX A4000 with 16GB VRAM or a RTX A5000 with 24GB VRAM. For mobile workstations, we recommend using RTX A2000, RTX A3000, RTX4000 and RTX 5000. The new RTX A series graphics card processors are up to 2x faster than the previous generation and are capable of performing ray tracing, shading and denoising tasks in parallel.
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.