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Graphics card need

Community Beginner ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Hello!
What graphics card do Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop programs need?

For perfect operation, is nVidia Geforce RTX 4050 6 GB or nVidia Geforce RTX 4060 8 GB recommended or other?
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Community Expert , Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

Both, to be honest, are greatly overpowered for all but perhaps some Photoshop operations assisted by the GPU, and very complex work in Premiere and AfterEffects, which can never get quite enough graphical processing power. The only advantage to either would be for gaming at high FPS, and possibly some very advanced numerically-intensive graphics applications like AutoCAD.

 

I'm running a 2060 with two monitors, a 5K ultrawide and a 4K 27-inch. Once in a while, on a very large photoshop image ru

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Community Expert , Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

the only advantage to either would be for gaming at high FPS, and possibly some very advanced numerically-intensive graphics applications like AutoCAD.

 

On some operating systems, you can offload a bunch of AI model work onto your video card. 

 

I think that Mac users get some meaningful use out of having a discrete GPU, but I can't recall what it might be (the only relevant bit that comes to mind is memories of helping people fix their problems by telling them to turn GPU support off in thei

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Community Expert , Mar 05, 2024 Mar 05, 2024

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What kind of Photoshop operations? 

 

As InDesign is a single-thread application - then highest CPU speed - MHz - number of cores isn't a priority. 

 

Photoshop on the other hand can use multiple cores - but only in specific situations / operations. 

 

So if you are just doing some touchups - and do not use multiple / complicated filters, 100s of layers / effects / etc. - I would go for better performance in the InDesign.

 

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Community Expert , Mar 07, 2024 Mar 07, 2024
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Perhaps you could help me,
(although this is no longer a topic of program requirements),
that even if I use additional monitors, it makes a very big difference/significance whether the display is
165Hz 350nits G-Sync 100sRGB
or
144Hz 350nits G-Sync 45NTSC?
@James Gifford—NitroPress @Robert Tkaczyk @Joel Cherney 
I am thankful!
 

By @Csaba35848364o7cl

 

If you mean in terms of reproducing colors - 1st is sRGB 2nd is NTSC.

 

So rather ONLY 1st - or anything else that works in sRGB - definitely not NTS

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Both, to be honest, are greatly overpowered for all but perhaps some Photoshop operations assisted by the GPU, and very complex work in Premiere and AfterEffects, which can never get quite enough graphical processing power. The only advantage to either would be for gaming at high FPS, and possibly some very advanced numerically-intensive graphics applications like AutoCAD.

 

I'm running a 2060 with two monitors, a 5K ultrawide and a 4K 27-inch. Once in a while, on a very large photoshop image running a complex transformation like perspective warp, I notice a distinct pause before the operation completes. That's it. (I also run games on the 5K at around 60 FPS).

 

So buy either of those as suits you, but a 3060 — just to be safe and a little more recent — would be more than enough power for these apps.

 

Or pick up a 2060 and save your money for a next generation, when it's called for. BTW, system RAM will boost performance on most Adobe apps, especially InDesign, far more than a little more expensive video horsepower. If you don't have at least 16GB, upgrade to that — or 32GB for some extra margin. It will pay off more than just about any other system upgrade (CPU, video, local drives etc.)


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the only advantage to either would be for gaming at high FPS, and possibly some very advanced numerically-intensive graphics applications like AutoCAD.

 

On some operating systems, you can offload a bunch of AI model work onto your video card. 

 

I think that Mac users get some meaningful use out of having a discrete GPU, but I can't recall what it might be (the only relevant bit that comes to mind is memories of helping people fix their problems by telling them to turn GPU support off in their Preferences). 

 

 

 

 

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Actually, looking at my post, there's all kinds of hard-science number-crunching that I don't do myself, that can be done with great speed & efficiency on the GPU, in the right environment (aka the right Linux distro).

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Well, that's like saying 4-low and 600 ft-lbs of torque are useful, if you're going to tow heavy equipment with your Civic.

 

Not many users are going to use their worktop machine to do massive AI or bitcoin processing. And those who are probably config their systems in reverse, with supercomputing GPU power and a console. 🙂


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Hello!
Thanks for the quick answers.
Sorry, I'm not good at IT. Maybe I asked the question wrong.
I want to buy a Lenovo LOQ laptop. We have two types of 100% sRGB machines available.
1. Intel Core i7-13620H; 15.6" (2560x1440) LED matte IPS 165Hz 350nits, G-Sync, 100% sRGB ; 32GB or 16GB DDR5 5200MHz ; 2000GB or 1000GB m.2 PCIe NVMe SSD ; nVidia Geforce RTX 4050 6GB GDDR6
2. Intel® Core™ i7-13650HX Processor (24M Cache, up to 4.90 GHz); 15.6" QHD (2560 x 1440) matte IPS LCD (165Hz, 100% sRGB, G-Sync); 16GB DDR5 4800MHz RAM (1x16GB); 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD; NVIDIA® GeForce™ RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6

 

I also use a second monitor. I don't use it for gaming. Due to the price difference and durability (obsolescence),
I would like to ask if I need the more serious one, or will the RTX 4050 6GB be sufficient for many years?!

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Everyone writes in Photoshop, just because of the experience, or is Illustrator, InDesign less machine-intensive?
Unfortunately, when I go into the store, every salesperson tells me what is needed for the programs they sell. Most sellers don't even know anything other than photoshop.

I really want to buy a durable machine for work.

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I really want to buy a durable machine for work.

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Can you specify - rougly - how much you'll use each application - INDD / PSD / AI? Which one would be the most used?

 

As much memory as you can would be your priority.

 

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THX!

 

I use Photoshop and InDesign the most, but both at the same time.

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@Csaba35848364o7cl

 

What kind of Photoshop operations? 

 

As InDesign is a single-thread application - then highest CPU speed - MHz - number of cores isn't a priority. 

 

Photoshop on the other hand can use multiple cores - but only in specific situations / operations. 

 

So if you are just doing some touchups - and do not use multiple / complicated filters, 100s of layers / effects / etc. - I would go for better performance in the InDesign.

 

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THX!

Everything, I would work with her as a graphic designer.



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Perhaps you could help me,
(although this is no longer a topic of program requirements),
that even if I use additional monitors, it makes a very big difference/significance whether the display is
165Hz 350nits G-Sync 100sRGB
or
144Hz 350nits G-Sync 45NTSC?
@James Gifford—NitroPress @Robert Tkaczyk @Joel Cherney 
I am thankful!
 

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Perhaps you could help me,
(although this is no longer a topic of program requirements),
that even if I use additional monitors, it makes a very big difference/significance whether the display is
165Hz 350nits G-Sync 100sRGB
or
144Hz 350nits G-Sync 45NTSC?
@James Gifford—NitroPress @Robert Tkaczyk @Joel Cherney 
I am thankful!
 

By @Csaba35848364o7cl

 

If you mean in terms of reproducing colors - 1st is sRGB 2nd is NTSC.

 

So rather ONLY 1st - or anything else that works in sRGB - definitely not NTSC.

 

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