July 02, 2012

CS6 Hardware Recommendations now available

 Check it out: Adobe’s Adam Pratt writes,

We post CS6 System Requirements, but we all know those are the minimum requirements to run the software. Professional customers demand better hardware specifications to get the maximum performance out of their investment in CS6, and this new CS6 Hardware Recommendations document outlines recommended system configurations for different workflows for Mac, Windows, and notebook users.

Posted by John Nack at 8:01 AM on July 02, 2012


  • Adam Betts — 11:25 AM on July 02, 2012

    Nudging in Photoshop CS6 (Mac) is painfully slow no matter how powerful a computer is. I’m hoping it’s a bug, not due to hardware limitation?

    [I’m not aware of that problem, but I’ve sent a note to QE to get more info. As Adobe is closed this week for the Fourth of July, it may take a while to get a reply. –J.]

    • PECourtejoie — 1:48 AM on July 03, 2012

      Adam, as an Icon creator, I guess that you work with many vector shapes. There is currently an issue that QE is aware of when displaying many vector shapes. The current workaround is to set the thumbnails to none in the layers panel, and I understand that it might not be very workable for you.

  • dcfreelancelot — 11:43 AM on July 02, 2012

    No benchmark comparisons? Where’s the hard data?

  • Ron — 1:28 PM on July 02, 2012

    Also painfully slow and jerky (just as it was in CS5) is changing or rotating a crop in ACR when a vignette has already been added. Take away the vignette, and, presto, crop is smooth again.

  • Aaron Spence — 5:06 PM on July 02, 2012

    Thanks for the update, if Adobe checked out those systems I’d really like to see benchmarks.

    If Adobe didn’t check out those systems, I think they should do some benchmarks for their millions of customers. Show us where the real equipment sweet spots are. ie does going from a 6 core processor to dual 6 core processors make any real difference in Photoshop for the massive price increase. (I suspect not)

    Not that it matters much for me, I just bought all the bits for a new computer. LR4 + Nikon D800 brought my ‘old’ Quad Core 3.4Ghz, 12Gb RAM system to its knees. Ultimate quality hurts.

  • Jason Nyquist — 7:40 AM on July 03, 2012

    Still no mention of Retina Macbook Pro…

    When will CS6 support it?

  • Peter K Burian — 6:31 AM on July 04, 2012

    An interesting article about the best hardware for running CS6 etc. but I cannot afford a video card that costs $700 (Quadro 400) or $1500 (Quadro 5000). I did a lot of research via Google in the past hour and cannot find any article that provides more affordable alternatives for a suitable display adapter. *** Does someone here have any suggestions in the $200-300 range?*** (My PC came with ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5 but I doubt this is the best card.)

  • Peter K Burian — 6:38 AM on July 04, 2012

    P.S. I found this article, Tested Video Cards with CS5 …. I wonder if these same cards would be acceptable, good or very good with CS6?? http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html

  • Peter K Burian — 7:09 AM on July 04, 2012

    I went onto the PNY web site and found a list of video cards recommended for Photoshop. The Quadro 2000 series is the most affordable (around $400 in Canada) Quadro 2000 VCQ2000-PB OR VCQ2000D-PB

    Any suggestions as to which would be more suitable? http://www3.pny.com/MarketingPromotions/BFP_CS6.aspx?UserID=52347559&SessionID=s{rxKFV44yo4emxAvTcD&Category_ID=445

  • Mike McFarlane — 7:43 AM on July 06, 2012

    There was me looking for an excuse to upgrade my MBP to a Retina one, but it seems my MBP from last year is still good enough:-/
    ‘More CPU cores can be slower’ at MPG http://macperformanceguide.com/PhotoshopCS5-performance-cores.html is an interesting read for CS5, not sure if it applies to CS6.

  • riyas — 5:34 AM on July 08, 2012

    It’s time to get my new system :)

  • Anton — 11:46 PM on September 02, 2012

    Nudge is still painfully slow with thumbnails in layers pallete on.

    [Have you applied the recent 13.0.1 update? –J.]

  • Lengo — 11:37 PM on November 15, 2012

    So, now, it’s a 64 bit program but it will run on the minimum spec, Windows XP running at 32 bit. What do I give up if I try to run it on Win XP at 32 bit? Speed? Features? Both?

    I want the truth before I spend over $600 for a program that might not work for me. What was omitted that was found in CS5? What was omitted from CS3? Have ay patches been released? Or are the ‘patches’ gonna be named CS7 and I’ll have to cough up an additional $200+ for these?

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