Premiere Pro Hardware Requirements
We’ve carried out extensive testing in-house on the best hardware configuration for Adobe Premiere Pro. Below is what you need to know to build the best configuration for this program.
ProcessorThe most CPU intensive task in Premiere Pro is rendering your files once all your edits are complete. This is a highly multi-threaded process so a CPU that emphasizes cores over speed will work best here. This means choosing a CPU with at least 6-cores. Intel’s i7 6800K with 6 cores running at 3.4GHz is a good choice. You will get better performance with more cores, however Premiere Pro’s rendering efficiency starts to drops off after 6 cores. For example, the 8-core Intel 6900K running at 3.2 GHz will render the same file 10% faster than Intel’s i7 6800K with 6 cores however it is also over $1000 more expensive. Two of Intel’s 6 core Intel Xeon E5 2643 running at 3.5GHz giving you 12 cores in total will render the same file 5-25% faster than the 8-core CPU mentioned above however it is also more than a $1000 more expensive. Choosing the right CPU therefore is a balance of rendering speed on the one hand and how valuable your time is on the other. If your time is valuable or you are constantly coming up against deadlines, a CPU with more cores will render your files more quickly and should pay for itself faster.
If you are shooting and rendering your output in 1080p, a midrange graphics card like the Nvidia GTX 1070 should be more than sufficient for processing those effects.
If you are working in 4K, you are pushing four times as many pixels as in 1080p so a significantly more powerful graphics card is required not only for the sheer processing power but also for the memory on the card. Practically speaking, this points to Nvidia’s GTX 1080 with 8GB of memory on the card.
A quadro workstation video card won’t give you better performance. Its only advantage is that it provides high color accuracy through 10-bit color for your 10-bit monitor.
You can see a list of the many effects in Adobe Premiere Pro that make use of the processing power in the graphics card here.
Your computer’s RAM is like the short-term memory of your computer. When you are working on content, your computer places that content and the apps you are using into the RAM so that there is fast access for the CPU to access and process your content. 32GB of RAM is a good amount of memory for video editing, however that number will quickly go up if you use plugins and programs like Adobe After Effects at the same time.
Hard Drive Configuration
The best hard drive configuration for Premiere Pro is one solid state drive for the operating system and a separate solid state drive for your editing your projects in progress. A solid state drive will ensure that your computer and applications load quickly. You may want a third mechanical hard drive for short-term storage.
It’s worth noting that there is no benefit to using a mechanical hard drive over a solid state for rendering your video files. The bottleneck in the rendering process is the CPU so the hard drive read and write speed won’t make the rendering process faster.