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Graphics Card for Photoshop CS6


Dave_Canon 8 940 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 9:48AM
I am about to buy a new PC and trying to decide what I need in the way of a graphics card. I have googled for advice but this becomes dated quickly as new Graphics cards are released. I am considering NVIDIA and probably the 600 series. However, there is a big price difference as well as power consumption between different cards. I am not looking for the cheapest but a sensible choice based on relevant peformance, power consumption and cost. I do not have any gaming needs though perhaps low end gaming might be worth having but it is Lightroom, Photoshop and other image processing software that has priority. I would welcome any advice?

Dave

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22 Oct 2012 10:03AM
Hi Dave, latest Nvidia graphics card supports Cuda that make adobe software run 2x faster.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
22 Oct 2012 10:39AM
...but if you buy a PC with a modern motherboard, the on-board graphiics will be perfectly adequate and there is no need to waste money on a seperate graphics card (unless you also use the machine for high definition video games, etc.). Much more important to spend your shekels on a fast processor and plenty of fast RAM.

I am using a machine with an i7 processor and 16Gb of RAM but no graphics card - and that runs CS6 and LR4 superbly fast.
redsnappa 12 2.0k United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 11:17AM

Quote:if you buy a PC with a modern motherboard, the on-board graphiics will be perfectly adequate and there is no need to waste money on a seperate graphics card

That advise would have been true 4- 5 years ago however the current and previous 2 - 3 versions of photoshop have included the facility to use a compatible graphics card's GPU to increase the speed that photoshop operates.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 12:19PM
The speedups for color grading and video editing in CS6 that some graphics cards allow for (like Nvidia Quadro range) are impressive. Speed ups in Photoshop are more modest - existing listed here and newer features here

Something like this is what I'd get for Photoshop.
Dave_Canon 8 940 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 2:42PM
Thanks for the helpful advice.

Dave
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 3:29PM
Hi Dave, are you getting Windows 8 on the PC - released later this week I think?
Dave_Canon 8 940 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 10:23PM
Assuming I have any choice I will choose Windows 7. I understand that Windows 8 is more about touch screens and a Mobile/small platform look and feel which I would not find attractive. This will add an additional load for no benefit for me. I do have a review of Windows 8 in a recent computer Mag so I will read this first.

Dave
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 11:35PM
I'm waiting on reviews of Windows 8 too. It would have to be really special for me to change. I'm very happy with Windows 7. It's mature, the drivers and service packs are mature.

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