3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2011 9:01 AM by Bill Gehrke

    Hardware Setup? Specifically Memory.

      I've been running Premiere Pro CS5 for a few months now and I've been loving it.  Easy to use, very versatile. 

      However,  my computer is running into memory issues.  It currently has 4GB  memory, but it's running out, and I'm certain my project file isn't too  big. (300 Clips, 1080p, six 7-minute sequences)

      What type of systems do most people here use?  Mine is a Lenovo, Xeon 2.67 Quad core using Vista 64bit SP2 (I have yet to update to Win7), and Raid 0 setup. 

      I'm going to add another 8GB RAM, but will it be enough to obtain smoother performance?
        • 1. Re: Hardware Setup? Specifically Memory.
          JaysonM-Y Level 3


          a click away is a benchmark chart with the top performing machines.


          if you look to the top of the forum, you'll see a drop down menu with some of the most popularly accessed links.

          • 2. Re: Hardware Setup? Specifically Memory.
            John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to the computer I built... since the GTX 285 is no longer sold, I would now go with a GTX 460 or whatever is the current "best bang for the buck" - AND I would buy 4Gig-by-3Sticks memory to be able to expand from 12Gig to 24Gig if needed

            For my home hobbyist, family movies (which means that I am not trying to recreate Star Wars with video effects or many layers) AVCHD editing is "as smooth as spreading warm butter on hot toast" (also the MP4 video from wife's Flip camera)

            My 3 hard drives are configured as... (WD = Western Digital)
            1 - 320G WD Win7 64bit Pro and all programs
            2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and video projects
            3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write

            • 3. Re: Hardware Setup? Specifically Memory.
              Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

              I do not know what motherboard you have so I cannot precisely answer your question.  If you went to the PPBM5 site you may have noticed that generally the best results are with over 12 GB.  There seems to be a step function increase in performance.


              I am guessing now but if you have a six memory slot motherboard and if two of those slots are currently in use, I would suggest you get identical specification modules and get a set of 3 each 4 GB versions so you would end up with 16 GB.  Install the new modules in the first set of slots and the original two modules in the second memory channel.  But notice your current memory is ECC memory and you have to get slight more expensive new ECC modules (as opposed to non-ECC pricing) as generally required for Xeon systems.