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Recommended Systems for Adobe After Effects

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After Effects is primarily a CPU bound application so both our Compact and Standard Workstations are both built around a number of powerful Intel Core i7 CPUs that combine a relatively high frequency with between six and ten CPU cores. Note that this system is capable of up to 256GB of RAM - if you need more we recommend using our Standard Workstation instead.

Although the GPU used to be largely unused by AE, the latest version of After Effects is able to utilize the power of the GPU to increase performance by up to 10X for a limited number of effects (Lumetri Color, Gaussian Blur, and Sharpen).

This system is actually just as fast as the Standard Workstation (as it has the same CPU and GPU 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 enough for all but the most intensive After Effects projects.

If you are not sure which hardware choice is right for you we recommend reading through the Recommended Hardware section. And as always, don't hesitate to contact one of our sales consultants if you require assistance or a hardware configuration that is not covered by our recommended systems.

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The Intel Core i7 6850K should give the best overall performance in AE, although the higher end CPUs are more effective at motion tracking and can give greater performance in programs such as Premiere Pro.
Quadro cards are required for 30-bit color (RGB) / 10-bit displays


SSD for OS and software
SSD for project files & disc cache
Optional storage drive or dedicated SSD for disc cache
Optional drive for long-term storage & archiving

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