After Effects Requirements of Pc Configuration

There are quite some factors to consider when building a new PC that is mainly targeted at After Effects Requirements of Pc Configuration.

This article is about building the best bang-for-the-buck Adobe After Effects PC/Workstation Computer and what Hardware parts are the best picks for your intended use: TABLE OF CONTENTS

Best Processor (CPU) for After Effects

We have to differentiate between two use cases to find the best possible CPU for our needs:

1. Actively Working in After Effects

If you are planning on actively working heavily with this Computer I recommend a maximum single Core-Clock CPU such as the Intel i9 9900K or AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

This 12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3900X clocks at 3,8 GHz base and has 4,6 GHz single-core turbo-clock and the i9 9900K even boosts up to 5GHz but only sports 8 Cores, 16 Threads total.

The interface and frame updates in After Effects heavily benefit from high core clocks. Take a look at these benchmarks from Pugetsystems, where it becomes clear very quickly how superior high-clocking CPUs are in After Effects CC.Search: After Effects Requirements

CPU NameCoresGhzAfter Effects ScorePriceValue
Intel i9 9900K83.610474882.145
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.810194992.042
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.99833992.464
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.69703292.948
Intel i9 9980XE183.094819790.479
Intel i9 9960X163.194416840.561
Intel i9 9920X123.593911890.790
Intel i9 9940X143.393113870.671
Intel i9 9700K83.69263622.558
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X63.89222493.703
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.69121994.583
Intel i9 9900X103.59099890.919
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.59007291.235
Intel i9 9800X83.88855891.503
Intel i5 9600K63.78822623.366
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.58763692.374
Intel i9 9820X103.38718890.980
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.78502513.386
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.081816990.481
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.68161495.477
AMD Threadripper 2970WX243.079713000.613
CPU NameCoresGHzAfter Effects ScorePriceValue

This is true for lots of other Creative Tasks such as 3D Modeling and Animation or Video Editing too, having high Core-Clocks will make your Computer or Laptop much more responsive and snappy.

2. Using the Machine mainly as a Render-Node

Now if you are using this Computer mainly to render out projects that you have already set-up on a different workstation, you would want to go “max CPU-core count” x “CPU-core clock” or in other words max CPU-Multi-Core Performance (similar as for 3D Rendering).

This means the more cores you have and the higher those cores are clocked, the better.

Unfortunately, there are no CPUs with more than 8 cores that have Turbo-Boost frequencies as high as an i9 9900K, meaning you will have to trade clock speeds for core-count.

Excellent options here are:

These don’t clock quite as high as an Intel i9 9900K Processor but are a lot faster in Multi-Processing demanding tasks. After Effects Requirements

After Effects used to make great use of all of your Cores, but since a few versions the renderer has been re-written, unfortunately for the worse.

This means, to entirely utilize all of your cores you will have to use a Render-Manager such as Thinkbox Deadline, which can launch multiple render-instances and saturate your Cores much better.

The best After Effects Performance Value is offered by AMD with its lower-end Ryzen CPUs such as the Ryzen 5 2600X or  Ryzen 5 3600X.

How much Memory (RAM) for After Effects?

I recommend going with at least 16-32 GB DDR4 RAM for 4-core CPUs and to go up to 64+ GB of RAM for 16+ cores.

Best Graphics Card (GPU) for After Effects

The most important features here are the CUDA Cores since After Effects can make use of these in 3D viewport rendering, as well as in speeding up some effects-calculations that might be applied to your footage. After Effects Requirements

Great choices here are the Nvidia 2070 RTX and 2080 RTX since these have a great price/performance ratio. If you have some cash left over, consider the Nvidia RTX 2080 TI for that extra bit of performance.

After Effects doesn’t natively make use of Multiple GPUs, but for tasks such as GPU rendering in Render-Engines such as Octane or Redshift, having Multiple GPUs will greatly increase your performance. After Effects Requirements

Best Hard-Drive (HDD/SSD) for After Effects

The new M.2 SSD Drives such as the Samsung 970 EVO PLUS or PRO have excellent performance and outperform any SATA SSD by far. Highly recommended for Footage, Cache and Software Drives.

Best Monitor for After Effects

Buying Monitors is an extremely interesting area in itself. Definitely check out this in-depth Guide to buying the best Monitors for visually demanding work, which has all the information you need for getting the best Monitor for After Effects.

After Effects Custom Computer Builds

Head on over to the Web-Based CG-Director PC-Builder Tool, that will let you configure a Motion-Design & After Effects build in less than 4 clicks.

An excellent Build, that I recommend often, would consist of the following parts:

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