8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2011 5:32 PM by Chrosy RSS

    OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?

    PaulieDC Community Member

      ANSWER: All you give it, lol!

       

      I posted this for those buying or building a PC and are deciding "how much RAM do I need?"

       

      I built a fairly powerful rig for Photoshop and editing in Premiere Pro, and without all the tech specs, I have 24GB of ram, mostly for encoding HiDef video. Surely Photoshop wouldn't eat THAT much, right? Dead wrong. I have Photoshop set to utilize 75% of my available ram which would be near 19GB. I just worked on a fairly large image, where I took 23 vertical shots with my 5D Mark II (5616x3744 resolution files, pretty big) and did a large photomerge which ended up at about 60,000 x 5,500 after the crop. Granted, large image, nearly 3½GB .PSB file. So while the merging and aligning was taking place, I watched my Ram Gadget soar, right up to 19GB within 4 minutes of processing:

       

      PS Ram.jpg

       

      Yowza. I expected that from Media Encoder processing 1080p HD video into a Blu-Ray disc format, but not a Photoshop file. So, the point of all this: ram is lower in cost than it's been in many months, a 12GB Mushkin kit (3x4GB) is down to $169 on Newegg. Don't skimp in that arena, fill 'er up as best as you can. Future versions aren't going to use less ram, let's face it, the software has to process a lot of pixels! Try to go a minimum of 6GB, but definitely 8-12GB if you can. Of course this means bye-bye FINALLY to 32-bit operating systems, but once you have a large playground of memory, you and Photoshop will be happy campers.

        • 1. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
          Noel Carboni Community Member

          Nice system.

           

          Your point is that Photoshop will use all the RAM you allow to try to make its operations as fast as possible.  That is certainly true, and it's a Good Thing.

           

          With regard to RAM and Photoshop, people often say more is better without qualification, and you have just confirmed that advice.

           

          Personally, with 24 GB of RAM I'd suggest settting Photoshop's limit even higher - e.g., to 95% (which is what I use for 8 GB) - unless you're sure you want to reserve a fair bit for other apps running simultaneously.  The OS doesn't need much on that scale.

           

          -Noel

          • 2. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
            PaulieDC Community Member

            I purposely waited to respond so I wouldn't write things I'd regret later:

             

             

            "Nice system."

            Huh? I didn't list my system on purpose. The point wasn't showing off gear, it was PS's use of RAM.

             

             

            "With regard to RAM and Photoshop, people often say more is better without qualification, and you have just confirmed that advice."

            You actually have no evidence of my qualifications. I'll send you a link to my Microsoft transcript if you'd like, there are 16 certifications you can peruse.

             

             

            "Personally, with 24 GB of RAM I'd suggest settting Photoshop's limit even higher - e.g., to 95% (which is what I use for 8 GB) ...  The OS doesn't need much on that scale."

            24GB x 95% = 22.,8GB... that leaves 1.2GB of RAM for everything else including Windows 7 64 bit. I'm sorry, that's an extremely unwise choice. Noel, maybe you need to remove the "unqualified" beam from your own eye before you point it out in others.

             

            If anyone is reading this please PLEASE don't set your Photoshop limit to 95% of your available ram. Your system will mostly likely crash within minutes of starting Photoshop. The proven setting is 75%, set it there and move on. Thanks.

             

             

             

             

             

            • 3. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
              PECourtejoie CommunityMVP

              Hello Paulie,

               

              I'm not Mr Carboni, but I's just like to point out that I did not read "With regard to RAM and Photoshop, people often say more is better without qualification, and you have just confirmed that advice." as an attack to a purported lack of qualifications on your part.

              Au contraire, I understood that he meant that even if some say that more is better without actually testing it, your tests does confirm that saying (the more RAM is better part).

               

              I would agree with you in regards of not starving the OS, especially if you do use other memory-hungry video applications.

               

              Have a great day!

              • 4. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
                Noel Carboni Community Member
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                PaulieDC wrote:


                If anyone is reading this please PLEASE don't set your Photoshop limit to 95% of your available ram. Your system will mostly likely crash within minutes of starting Photoshop. The proven setting is 75%, set it there and move on. Thanks.

                 

                I'm sorry you took offense somehow at my earlier post.  I was being complimentary, and you read it wrong.

                 

                But don't give bogus advice.  Your system will NOT "most likely crash" at 95%.  I challenge you to show why a virtual memory system in good working order should crash under that condition.  Using 95% of 24 GB leaves well over 1 GB.  People run Windows on 1 GB systems all the time.  Imagine that.

                 

                Has it been crashing for you?  If so then you have something wrong with your system.

                 

                Photoshop CS5 and Windows 7 x64 work just fine at 95%.  I have practical, observational proof, over years of daily use (CS5 and its predecessors on x64 systems dating back to 2005), that it works.  I have even run it at 100% for long periods without problems.

                 

                -Noel

                • 5. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
                  PaulieDC Community Member

                  PE, thanks for your input. maybe I just needed to read it with different glasses.

                   

                  Noel, if that wasn't your intent, then I do apologize for firing back. I think we're at a crossroads on the memory thing because that setting will hurt many folks if they have a ton of other processes running in the background (it has happened many times)... I'm thinking that you are smart and run a lean system for editing. If that's the case then yes, you'll run fine. Others may not know how to manage all that as efficiently. Based on that, my info isn't bogus at all, it's quite conservative. Yours is proven by you so therefore it isn't bogus either. I think we're done here.

                  • 6. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
                    AhmedKayihan

                    hi guys,

                     

                    i was going to ask, which type of ram would you guys reccomend me to use for the most efficient video editing for adobe cs3 and cs5 64 bit both production premium. I am using kingston ram, and asus p6t6 ws revolution.

                     

                    i need help and in should i use ecc/non-ecc, buffered-unbuffered, and registered-unregistered.

                     

                    i have a lot of trouble when rendering with after effects, as my ram is not enough

                     

                    if you can explain these to me quickly, and recommend me which type of ram to use, i would be very glad

                     

                    thanks in advance

                    • 7. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
                      Noel Carboni Community Member

                      First, you need to determine exactly what RAM your system actually CAN take.  I'm not attempting to do that here.  The motherboard design dictates that, and you'll need to do some research to find out what your options are.

                       

                      If you have the choice, I recommend using all ECC RAM as it (with suitable BIOS support) will not allow you to take a RAM error without knowing it.

                       

                      The practical difference is this:  On the one hand, a system with ECC will correct minor errors, and will halt when it takes a RAM error it can't correct.  A non-ECC system just allows the system to continue running with the software using who knows what data values...

                       

                      RAM errors DO happen.  A system that halts demands repair.  One that just corrupts data randomly...  I don't think you want that.

                       

                      If it's important to you that your computer be reliable, and not corrupt its data, I suggest the ECC RAM.

                       

                      -Noel

                      • 8. Re: OK, So How Much RAM Does Photoshop CS5 Use?
                        Chrosy Community Member

                        2-3 GB Should be enough. But if you start using Adobe Premiere/After Effects your system may take a while to open Photoshop.