Photoshop graphics cards

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by ¬Stephen Hammond, May 29, 2004.

  1. How important is the graphics card for Photoshop use I was thinking of
    Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 128MB . For my parents new computer.
    Would the 256MB card make a big difference ?
    I'm under the impression that Photoshop performance is more cpu dependant.

    ¬Stephen Hammond, May 29, 2004
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  2. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Ian Riches Guest

    ¬Stephen Hammond () wrote...
    None at all for photoshop, apart from leaving a bigger than necessary
    hole in your pocket.

    You parents may well get a better gaming experience with that card,
    though, and be able to shoot those aliens in higher resolution, with
    better frame rates. That may or may not be important to them..
    Unless you have a *very* slow CPU, or make extensive use of lots of
    filters, then most of the time Photoshop is memory / disk
    constrained, IMHO.

    Try reading

    Somewhere near the end (it's a long article!) is the section relevant
    to hardware. It makes no mention of video cards....

    Ian Riches, Jun 1, 2004
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  3. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Philip Jones Guest

    How important is the graphics card for Photoshop use I was thinking of
    Yeah I would agree with Ian on this one. Vitrually any reasonable
    graphics card with 64MB of memory on board would be sufficient for
    Photoshop, but as it costs little more to get a 128MB card, you might as
    well purchase one of these for around £50.00 new at most.
    As Ian indicated, serious use of Photoshop will stretch both your system
    memory and your hard disk sub-system. As memory is so cheap these days
    you should be looking at a "minimum" of 1GB, and if you are using DDR
    memory then use the fastest that your system will support. The extra
    speed memory won't make an enormous difference, but it all helps when
    manipulating large images.When it comes down to your HDD it gets a bit
    more tricky. Personally I use SCSI disks, but these are quite a bit more
    expensive and I wouldn't advise using them unless you've plenty of money
    to burn. The more recent SATA drives have some very impressive
    performances, and if your M/B supports them then this would be the best
    way to go.
    Best of luck, Phil..
    Philip Jones, Jun 1, 2004
  4. Thanks
    ¬Stephen Hammond, Jun 2, 2004
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