Computer Specifications to Run Adobe Photoshop
Computer Specs to Run Adobe Photoshop
Processor: AMD, Intel and new Apple M
AMD and Intel are the two main processor manufacturers. I will stick with Intel since they make all Apple's and the majority of PC processors. Core i3 is the low end, Core i5 is the mid-range, and Core i7 is the high end, however, they just came out with an Core i9. All three will run Adobe Photoshop. Personally, I would recommend the Core i5 as the best buy for your money. One thing you should know is that Intel has many versions of all three processors. You need to make sure you are getting the latest technology. Here is a list of the oldest to newest Intel processors. Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Comet Lake, and Cypress Cove Intel Core i5 Processors. A Manufacture might list that the processor is an Core i5 but it might a Skylake vs the newer Cypress Cove, Rocket Lake, and Cascade Lake depending on whether it is Core i5, i7, i9. Processors come in dual-core, quad-core, 6-core. The more cores the faster the processor. Processors also come in different GHz speeds. The faster the number the quicker the processor. Two core is plenty to run Adobe Photoshop but quad or 6 cores will speed up your workflow.
Here is a link to find easily find the latest Intel Processors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Intel_processors
Apple just came into the chip market with their ARM processors. ARM is different for the Intel x64 based processors they used to use. The apple ARM processors can run Rosetta 2 so you can use your old Intel apps on the new macs. I am not going to get into specifics and I am sure Adobe will have a ARM version of the app soon but any new mac is capable of running Photoshop.
RAM-Random Access Memory
There is DDR4 And DDR3. Most newer computers are coming with DDR4 instead of DDR3 however, either one will work fine with Adobe Photoshop. I think Photoshop says you need a minimum of 4GB or RAM but I would not go lower than 8GB of RAM. If you can afford 16GB that would be great because Adobe Photoshop is a Processor and RAM pig. These are the two main aspects of your computer that you need to run the program. If you can get 32GB and you like to run multiple graphics programs at once this will be worth your money.
Hard Drives-Sata & Solid State Drives (SSD)
SATA drives have been around for a long time. They are your typical 2.5 and 3.5-inch spindle drives. They are cheap, store a lot of data but have slow Read/Write speeds. These drives come in two speeds, 5400 rpm and 7200rpm. The faster the RPM the quicker the speeds. They also come in consumer and enterprise grades. The enterprise-grade is more expensive but made to last longer. The main brands of SATA drives are Seagate, Western Digital, and Toshiba. All drives are reliable but each model has a different failure rate. Not all brands make their own drives. Companies like LaCie use Seagate drives because they own the company. My favorite drives at the moment are G-Technology.
Solid State Drives are more expensive, don't hold a lot of data but are crazy fast. Most solid-state drives are used as the internal hard drive to run the OS and Applications. They are not made to store data. I would not buy a computer at this point unless it had an internal SSD. External SATA drives are great for storing photos, videos, and data. SSD's don't have moving parts so they are more likely to not fail if you drop them.
Most computers come with integrated graphics cards that are fine to run Adobe Photoshop. If you plan on gaming or video editing you will want to spend the money on a graphics card. This will make a huge difference for those two applications. Display I will keep this simple. You can take great photos but is your display is junk that is what you will see on your screen. The basic minimum would be a 1920 X 1080 display. To really start seeing shadow detail you will need a 2880 X ? display. Displays also come in 4K and 5K. Most 4K displays will give you the entire Adobe 1998 color gamut. 2880 gives you about 75% of the Adobe 1998 color gamut.