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Adobe Photoshop

The Best Workstation for
Adobe Photoshop

Adobe's world-class imaging and design software is at the core of just about every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation and graphic design. From social posts to photo retouching, banners to beautiful websites, everyday image edits to total transformations - whatever you make, you can make it better with incrediable tool. Learn more about what specifications you need for the best Adobe Photoshop PC.  

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Recommended Hardware for Adobe Photoshop

Processor (CPU)

The CPU stands as a cornerstone in any Photoshop workstation. Despite the growing significance of GPU acceleration with the most recent version from 2024, currently, the CPU's selection predominantly dictates the overall system performance. However, it's crucial to note that a CPU's theoretical power doesn't invariably translate to superior performance, especially considering Photoshop's limitation in effectively utilizing numerous cores. In several instances, investing more money might yield poorer performance, emphasizing the significance of selecting the appropriate CPU over opting for a pricier alternative.

Currently, the leading CPU for Photoshop is the Intel Core i9 14900K, renowned for its exceptional single-core performance. For those considering alternatives, Intel's 13th and 14th Generation line-ups merit attention, consistently outshining their AMD counterparts across various aspects within Photoshop. For individuals mindful of budget constraints, commencing with a Core i5 model serves as an excellent starting point.

Finally, there's little justification for investing in high-end AMD Threadripper or Intel Xeon processors, as their price-to-performance ratio is thoroughly eclipsed by the consumer-grade Ryzen and Core range of CPUs.

Memory (RAM)

Determining the amount of RAM required for your Photoshop tasks is contingent upon the size and number of images you'll be handling. As a general recommendation applicable to all our systems, we advise a minimum of 16GB of RAM.

However, Photoshop's memory usage can escalate rapidly, underscoring the importance of ensuring sufficient system RAM availability for optimal performance and workflow efficiency.

We suggest the following memory amounts depending on the average file size you will be editing.

Document Size< 500MB> 500MB to 1GB> 1GB
Recommended RAM16GB32GB64GB

Graphics Card (GPU)

For Photoshop, it is extremely important to have a supported GPU, but the actual power of that card will not make a major impact on performance. Opting for the chart-topping RTX 4090 would be concidered an unnessacery purchase as the vastly cheaper RTX 4060TI offers only slightly less performance. The VRAM is something you don't need to take too much noticed of as most of the current cards today come with 6GB or more meaning even with a 4K monitor you won't see any performance dips with higher resolution displays. 

Both Geforce and Quadro cards from NVIDIA (2019 onwards) support 10-bit colour should your monitor support it.

Finally, we do recommned NVIDA GPUs over AMD as they do not only offer better performance but a more stable performance overall with regular updates to drivers and the additon of 'NVIDIA Studio' drivers which are aimed towards content creators using non-gaming applications. 

Storage Drives 

Photoshop isn't a demanding application on your hard drive however, a faster drive will see that your files are quickly accessible. Multiple drives will provide the optimal performance as you can asign them particular tasks.    

For your OS drive (C: drive) we suggest a NVMe SSD as it greatly improved the overall experience of Windows, loading into programs, boot times and searching for files.

Your Project Drive will be your main drive, where all your assests, project files and installation would be installed. For this a NVMe SSD is our go to as the cost of these have significantly come down over the years almost matching the much slower SATA SSDs.

The Media Cache or Scratch Drive is used for temporary storage for assests/ files that don’t fit in the memory. Due to the high performance requirments we would again suggest an NVMe SSD to allow the best performance possible.

Additionally, a Storage Drive would be useful in order to keep the finished projects in a safe place. High capacity SSDs and Hard Drives are great to locally store the files inside your PC. We recommend having an external back-up via a NAS (network attached storage) or USB Hard Drive, just incase.

Please note, that the above configuration is for the most optimal perfomance. Two fast performance drives are suitable for Photoshop, a simple OS and Scratch drive would suffice.  

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