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Graphics Card spec

Apr 18, 2012 5:00 AM

I am running Photoshop CS5 Extended and I am currently trying the Beta of CS6. I am currently using my onboard graphics card and whilst on the whole have been happy I realise that I am not using the system to the fullest. I am using a PC with a PCI-e slot. What sort of (low budget I am afraid) graphics card should I be looking for. Any suggestions (IE minimum ram etc - or even a product recommendation).

 

Cheers

 

John Picton

 
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:46 AM   in reply to John_Picton

    I'm personally most fond of ATI as I believe they do a better job with releasing high quality drivers, but others like nVidia.  Personal experience figures a lot into recommendations.

     

    Right now I'd specifically recommend the VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 6670 1 GB DDR5, as it doesn't draw too much power and won't tax your computer's power supply, yet delivers quite fast performance.

     

    In general for Photoshop use I'd recommend getting a video card that has 1 GB of RAM or more and scores 1000 or higher on the PassMark benchmark:

     

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

     

    -Noel

     
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    Apr 19, 2012 1:49 AM   in reply to John_Picton

    Can I use CS5 on al Macbook Air (new one) with a i5 and Ati card?

     

     

    Do I have to upgrade my memory?

     

    Regards,
    Ashvin Ghisyawan

     

    www.totaalfotografie.nl

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Apr 19, 2012 3:16 AM   in reply to Ashvin Ghisyawan

    John, can you tell us a bit about the rest of your system?   You should probably be looking to create a balanced system where components more or less match each other.  You should also think about your operating system.    Windows 7 64bit with at least 6Gb RAM is a good start, and as Noel said, 1Gb of DDR5 in your graphics card.  

     

    But tell us about the rest of your system first.

     

    BTW  I live about 30 kilometrea away from a town called Picton.

     
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    May 28, 2012 7:50 PM   in reply to John_Picton

    I'm looking at the PNY Quadro2000 nVIDEA it is recommended for the GPU acceleration function of photoshop……….I was lead to believe only nVIDEA supports this.

     

    I am not sure if a pro or workstation card is better than a gaming card.  Leadtek also produce a version of this card Quadro2000 nVIDEA……. No idea what differance between the PNy and the Leadtek is as they are both nVIDEA?

     

    It is a 1GB card also.

     
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    May 28, 2012 8:10 PM   in reply to Dsel

    Dsel wrote:

     

    I'm looking at the PNY Quadro2000 nVIDEA it is recommended for the GPU acceleration function of photoshop……….

    PS CS6 uses Mecury Graphics Engine but not CUDA which I think you are refering to.

     

    CUDA is used in some features with video in Premier Pro.

     
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