I run both Lightroom and Photoshop, which hardware should I choose?


At Puget Systems we test software against available hardware to see which hardware is best for a given program. We then write articles that we share on our website, and create recommended system configuration pages for these programs based off these test results to provide our customers the best hardware for each program. This is great for those running just one of the programs we test, but what about those of us who run multiple programs? How do we choose?


Performance Articles

One way to compare hardware performance against different software is to take a look at the Articles section listed under "Publications" menu on our website. Then in the left column, you can choose filters by which hardware or software you are most interested in. Here are quick links to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop articles:

Adobe Lightroom | Adobe Photoshop

Gold nugget

Hardware Recommendations

For those who like to get the answers more quickly without having to read an article, one of the golden nuggets on our Recommended Systems configuration pages is the "Hardware Recommendations" tab. It is often overlooked, and is listed just below the title on our Recommended Systems pages. You will see "View", "System Overview", then "Hardware Recommendations". Clicking on "Hardware Recommendations" tab will bring up our cheat-sheet if you will. It lists a quick breakdown of which CPU, Video Card, RAM, and Storage is recommended for the selected program. It often will show graphs comparing different components compared to one another for the selected program. For example, our Lightroom Classic CC Hardware Recommendations tab shows a graph for the CPUs that we have tested against this program.

Which hardware platform should I choose for both Photoshop and Lightroom use?

If we look at the graphs listed in the Hardware Recommendations tabs for both Photoshop and Lightroom, we can see a couple CPU platforms start to stand out.