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Recommended Systems for Adobe After Effects

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Compact
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Utilizing an Intel Core i7 CPU with up to 10 cores, this workstation provides the best possible performance for After Effects in a compact package.

Standard
Workstation

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While physically larger than the Compact Workstation, this system allows for up to 512GB of RAM and a wider range of storage options.

 


Which system is right for you?

There are so many different models, brands, and revisions of hardware that choosing the right components for your system can be a huge challenge. We've taken the time to perform in-depth analysis and consulted with professional After Effects users to determine what specifications impact this program the most. This ensures that you will be getting a system that has all the capabilities you need without spending money on components that will not be beneficial.

One thing we want to note is that each of these systems includes some options that are not necessary for After Effects but are critical if you also work with Premiere Pro - most notably the choice of video cards. After Effects does not require a powerful GPU (even the newly accelerate effects perform the same with either a mid-range GPU or a high-end GPU) but Premiere Pro can utilize the video card to more effectivley improve performance.


Compact Workstation

If you need a compact platform for After Effects, this workstation packs a huge amount of power into a small space. This system is actually just as fast as the Standard Workstation (as it has the same CPU options) but it is physically about 40% smaller by volume. However, the smaller physical size limits the amount of RAM and number of hard drives that can be used. Even with these limitations, this system is still capable of up to 256GB of RAM which should be more than enough for the majority of After Effects users. 

Measuring just 8.7x11.6x13.9", this system provides excellent performance in a small package without the added noise often found in other compact systems. In addition, if you need to transport your workstation we have an optional hard shell travel case that is small enough to be used as a carry on item on most airlines.



Standard Workstation

If you work with especially large and complex projects in After Effects, our Standard Workstation has the power and capability to match your needs. Where you used to need a dual Xeon workstation for maximum performance, the latest Intel processors with up to 10 cores makes dual Xeon workstations a thing of the past. In fact, not only are they longer necessary, in most cases they would actually be slower in AE than a system with a single CPU. Compared to the Compact Workstation, this system can handle twice the amount of RAM (512GB total) and many more hard drives (including SSDs) than could physically fit in the smaller system.

This system is built around our popular Genesis I certified system, but with the non-relevant components removed. It includes all of the features that come with that system including free 1-year Next Business Day Onsite Service + 24hr Help Desk support.

Looking for more detail on our testing methods and why we chose this hardware for After Effects? View our list of Recommended Hardware!


Hardware Articles:

If you are configuring a system for After Effects, we have a number of other articles regarding the hardware requirements for After Effects that you may be interested in:

Recommended Hardware for After Effects
Summary of what you need to know when choosing hardware for a After Effects workstation.

AE CC 2015.3 CPU Comparison
What CPU should you choose for your After Effects workstation?

AE CC 2015.3 Multi Core Performance​
Does having more CPU cores give you better performance?

AE CC 2015.3 Pascal GPU Performance
Will a more expensive video card improve performance in AE?


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