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After Effects on HP

New Here ,
Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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Hi, I was wondering if an HP pavilion laptop 15t with 16gb and core i7 would work well with after effects. Im not planning on using the laptop for anything other than video editing, so I'd like to know if this is a suitable choice. 

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Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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16gb should work fine for most circumstances.

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Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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What are the complete specs?

 

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Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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Moved to the Video Hardware forum.

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Not a great choice for After Effects because its CPU clock speed, even at maximum sustainable turbo boost, is on the low side. And most 15t's come with only a 1366x768 display, so you will not be able to run any video editing programs properly unless you pay extra money for an upgrade to a Full HD (1920x1080) display. You see, Intel has artifically restricted its 10nm CPU performance to below that of the weakest 14nm tweaked-over-and-over-again-from-Skylake parts. And in some video editing programs, the critical portions of the desktop interface, such as the Export button, becomes permanently buried and inaccessible unless you go for a higher-rez display because the sizing of the desktop windows within such a program cannot be adjusted smaller than the default no matter what.

 

And this is all because After Effects still cannot fully utilize a multi-core CPU. In fact, After Effects performance begins to flatline out above a 4-thread CPU (the 10nm Ice Lake low-power i7 CPUs have 4 cores and 8 threads, and then, combined with the relatively slow sustainable clock speeds, make for very lackluster performance in After Effects). Plus, the fact that the Pavilion 15t does not offer a choice of a decent GPU even at extra cost is a deal-breaker: You either get integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics or a discrete GeForce MX250 GPU - neither of which is good enough for a video editing laptop. And HP always permanently disables the integrated Intel graphics when its laptops are ordered with a discrete GPU; thus, you cannot use Intel QuickSync decoding and a discrete GPU together (and the MX250 has absolutely no hardware encoder at all due to the GP108 GPU that the MX250 uses, permanently locking such a configuration to software-only encoding).

 

Simply put, it is a mediocre at best choice for Creative Cloud, and it is too expensive for what it offers.

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