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Adobe Illustrator Workstation – System requirements

Updated: May 8, 2023

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics application that allows you to design logos, icons, drawings, and typography for online videos.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics application that allows you to design logos, icons, drawings, typography, and sophisticated illustrations for print, online, interactive video, and mobile devices.

System Requirements:


Even while most vector art applications take advantage of GPU acceleration for navigation and previews, the final rendering and rasterization are done on the CPU. A powerful CPU will pay off, particularly if you have additional CPU-intensive apps in the works. Anecdotal evidence suggests that single-core CPUs are preferred by apps like Illustrator, although definitive benchmarks are hard to come by. AMD’s current series of processors performed admirably in single-core and multi-core settings. These processors put up some impressive figures, and they’re wonderful for rendering and data processing, but in a traditional vector graphics pipeline, you won’t see a significant return on investment.


Illustrator is currently engineered to exploit GPU acceleration for navigation and previewing, whereas vector art tools used to be virtually entirely CPU-based. Of course, the CPU still handles final rasterization, and you’ll notice that colors and lines appear somewhat different when GPU previews are enabled, but a powerful GPU is still useful, especially if you plan to buy a 4K monitor. A consumer GPU is a good choice for most budgets. Although workstation graphics cards provide performance advantages for vector art pipelines, and Adobe Illustrator is designed to make use of those advantages, the price disparity cannot be overlooked.


Vector files are small, and unlike films or VFX, they are rarely streamed from a disc. Scratch discs and multi-SSD setups become less important for vector art workstations as a result, at least as compared to workstations designed for other pipelines.


Vector files may have a small disc footprint, but they don’t have the same advantage in memory. Because rendering vector files is time-consuming, most vector art and GIS tools prefer to keep numerous rasterized copies of them for easy navigation. This may use up a lot of memory in complicated multi-layer files, especially those with a lot of detail. The GIS community will be the worst hit by this; complicated project files in that area are usually too huge to store in VRAM, thus they’ll have to rely on system RAM and CPU rendering more frequently and fiercely than other businesses. As a result, while vector art pipelines aren’t the most memory-intensive pipelines you can use, skimping on RAM may significantly slow down your process. And, given the low cost of memory these days, upgrading from the “normal” 16GB recommended to 32GB (or more) is simple.


It’s mostly a matter of acquiring the proper size format for your casing and socket type for your CPU when buying a motherboard. I/O choices, built-in Wi-Fi, and minor layout modifications are the only distinctions you’ll notice beyond those essential capabilities. The key selling point for these motherboards is the build quality and power stability, which are frequently featured with bigger heatsinks and active chipset cooling.

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