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I"m trying to figure out what I need to set up for the VM in VMWare I'm going to be running Photoshop CS6 Extended on.....the VM is Win7 64bit.

What is the hardware you run (either mac or windows) that you run PS with and it is smooth for you?

Thank you,

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 11:34:06 PM »
2 Machines

MacPro OSX 10.8.4
2 X 2.93 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon
32GB 1066 MHz DDR3
2 X ATI Radeon HD 4870 512GB
4 X 3TB 7200RPM HD (Run on RAID 1)

MacBook Pro OSX 10.8.4
2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)
16GB 1600 MHz DDR3L
Intel HD Graphics
768GB Flash HD

With the MacPro this Config you can run pretty well anything without any issue, most RAM intensive is when doing anything with Video, but CS6 not a problem, I run several Applications at any one time, doesn't Phase the Beast.

The MacBook Pro this Config, runs CS6 without any problems, but it can slow a bit when doing anything with Video if your running say CS6 + FCP, as long as your running a single Application or at the most two, runs well.
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 11:50:05 PM »
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
Intel 3770K CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboard
AMD Radeon 6970 2GB graphics
32GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
About 6TB worth of mirrored storage across several 7200RPM drives
More storage via NAS

Unsurprisingly, photoshop runs great.  My panos take far less time to process on this computer versus my old machine (having 32GB of RAM comes in handy - I've seen photoshop using 28GB+ a few times while stitching together 40+ frame panoramas).  For general image editing, you don't need nearly as much RAM as I put in my machine - but having more can't really hurt.  The only time I'm ever really waiting is when firing up the mechanical hard drive arrays - they take a second or two to spin up from idle.  I can't really complain about performance.
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 12:18:38 AM »
We're running photoshop on four computers:-

Intel i5 / 4gb ram / Win 8
Intel i5 / 4gb ram / Win 7
AMD x4 945 / 4gb ram / Win 7
AMD 3800 / 4gb ram / Vista (Still using Vista to retain compatability with a film scanner)

We don't do any video work (or stitching of 40+ frames!).  Instead, we use photoshop almost exclusively for poster / brochure / document design and negative scanning.  The AMD 3800 is the oldest and slowest computer.  Its about 6 years old and even when new, it was a lower end computer.  But it works fine for our limited, low processing power needs.
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2013, 01:02:55 AM »
Macbook Pro 9.2 (13 inch Mid 2012)
2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (512 MB)
OS X 10.8.4
750 GB HDD

I run the following programs with the above config and they all work smoothly:
LR5, CS6 Extended, Premiere Pro CS6, Aperture, Final Cut pro (most of the time I work with LR5/LR4 & CS6 opened at the same time, sometime even Premiere Pro CS6 at the same time and still it works very smoothly).
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 01:07:04 AM »
Sony vaio vpcf13wfx
Processor Type : Intel® Core™ i7-740QM
Processor Technology : Quad Core
Processor Speed : 1.73GHz1 with Turbo Boost Technology20 up to 2.93GHz1
Processor Cache : 6MB
8GB RAM (via 2 Crucial 4GB modules, upgraded from the standard 4GB).
500GB disk space
Windows 7 64bit

Currently running CS5 and LR3 and even with both applications open it runs smooth. The only time I run into issues seems to be extensive use of the adjustment brush in LR - it slows everything down.

I should mention my editing is pretty light, no pannos (they slow things down like crazy) and some HDR (these seem to be relatively quick).
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 01:09:15 AM »
I haven't had a issue with photoshop on any recent computer, the big thing is to have enough memory.  8GB Ram is minimum, and 12 is better,  I currently have 24 GB since I merely added two 8GB sticks to my basic 8GB in my Dell 8500.
 
I also added a Samsung 512 GB 840 Pro for just the OS and installed programs.  My Lightroom catalog also sits on the SSD.
 
I'd likely have bought the 900 GB Crucial SSD if it had been out at the time.
 
My Photoshop 5 also uses the ssd for a scratch disk, and 2.5gb of ram is set aside for it.

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 01:09:15 AM »

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 01:48:43 AM »
Macbook Pro early 2011
2.2 i7
16gb 1600mhz ram
256gb SSD in main bay
750gb 7200 rpm with build-in antischock in optibay

Hooked up to an 21" Eizo monitor which in my opinion is too small now. (Only 1050 in highest vertical res)

Runs CS6 smoothly on all accounts with multi layered 16bit tiffs.
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 01:50:44 AM »
Dell XPS 15
CORE i7-2720QM @ 2.20 Ghz
8 gb RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 540M 2gb RAM
Win 8 Pro w/Media Center

I use LR4, CS 5, OnOne PPS7 & NIK Complete; only adjustment brush slows system a bit.  I always look for a gamer config when buying a pc and this always works for last 10 or so years...
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 02:44:07 AM »
2010 MacBook Pro 15"
2.66 i7
4gb of Ram
Running PS5/6 and LR 4 runs well no major issues. Although i haven't used it since I got the logic board replaced. My 5D mark 3 does push it to how fast it goes for speed but not painful slow yet.

OSX
i7-3770k @ 3.6
16GB corsair 1600mhz
128GB SSD Samsung pro 840
Nvidia 580 GTX 1.5gig

This has no problems running either PS6 and LR.

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 03:44:09 AM »
HP Z820
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2660 (32 Cores in Total)
64 GB RAM
6 GB Graphic Card - Nvidia Quadro 6000
3 Hard Disks: 256 GB SSD | 2 TB | 500 GB

Runs like a charm...
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2013, 04:45:32 AM »
Most of the time on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch Mid 2012, with LR5/PS CS6 in Native resolution (2880x1800)

OSX 10.9
Intel i7-3720QM 2.6GHz
16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L
512GB SSD
Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2013, 05:00:13 AM »
I haven't had a issue with photoshop on any recent computer, the big thing is to have enough memory.

Dito. I used to run CS5 on a 2007 macbook: 2ghz dual core processor, 4gb ram [667mhz] and it ran great for normal photo editing, even ran ok with half a gig files with a tonne of layers, so I don't think you have to worry about building a monster PC. It ran a little slow with the liquify filter some times and you could forget about 3D but any hardware you buy now will be leaps and bounds above my old macbook, even lower end stuff.

I now have a 13" inch macbook pro: 2.5ghz i5 10gig ram [1600mh] I wouldn't call it a powerful computer but it just flies!
I was going to swap out the optical drive for an ssd but cs6 already opens up in under 3 seconds, do I need it to open any faster?

I would argue that we've reached a point now that you don't really need to worry to much about computer specs, unless your into gaming and HEAVY video/3d work.

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2013, 05:00:13 AM »

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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2013, 05:19:43 AM »
Currently I am running the newest 15" Macbook Pro version, which in my case I believe has the exact same stats eml58 has listed for his Macbook Pro. Previously I used a custom-built Sony VAIO laptop highly similar to what Zv is using (different model number, but with the same stats, in my case without an SSD).

With the Sony I was already quite happy, but working with the new Macbook Pro is far smoother and that Retina display sure makes quite a lot of a difference for me. Given that with current hardware sufficient speed is given for most applications the difference in display resolution has become a key factor for me.
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2013, 05:26:21 AM »
dell xps 8100
intel core i5-750 (4 x 2,66 GHz)
8 GB RAM
Win 7-64 Bit

works pretty fine
(batch conversion of RAW files)
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Re: What are the Hardware Specs for the machine you run Photoshop on?
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