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System Requirements for Lightroom Classic

JamesPatmore

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Lightroom Classic 12.5
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  1. Windows 11
Having been out of photography for several years and I need to upgrade my computer equipment. What are the current recommended specifications for a working system in terms of RAM and so on?
 
Here is a link to the MINIMUM system requirements. If you want to run things like Noise reduction and other AI features you need to up your game considerably. On an intel Machine 8 or more CPU cores and A High end multi core GPU and 64GB RAM

I recently upgraded a 16GB Silicon M1 iMac, to a 64GB Silicon M2 Ultra and no longer see sluggish performance.

HDR is the next direction for image processing and you will want to upgrade your monitor to a 1000 nits HDR monitor


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You also need to include all the apps you want to have open at the same time. Sometimes that's LrC and PS so a lot of memory will be taken up. Add in the base minimum W11 uses and if you want your email client open at the same time and that adds up.

IMHO, the one thing you may need to upgrade during the life of your new purchase is the Video Card as more AI features are added. If you stay with W11 a separate Video Card as opposed to an embedded GPU may be useful.

While I had never used them, and their benchmarks will likely be different than your workflow, Puget Systems has some LrC configured system recommendations. One thing I'm not sure I like is that they only offer SSD drives. Personally, I think my photos could still go on a traditional drive for what I need.
 
Please don't go for the minimum though - 8GB RAM will really crawl.
 
Thanks everybody for your responses. Extremely useful. My existing system came from Pcspecialist but I was not impressed with recent enquiries. Gaming seems to be their game, forgive the pun. Any supplier recommendations, please, in addition to the one already mentioned.
 
My existing system came from Pcspecialist but I was not impressed with recent enquiries. Gaming seems to be their game, forgive the pun.
Don't be too hard on them. Many look for a gaming computer when looking for one to do photo editing.
 
And while you are considering a new computer, don't discount Apple Macs. Their silicon chip is superior to their older intel configurations. All of the internal hardware is standardized ro work together. You will find less issues with out of date or buggy component drivers.
 
If you are budget constrained, two things might be negotiable. The level of GPU you get currently depends in large part on how much you want to get into AI features, especially AI Denoise. A lot of affordable discrete GPUs are fine for general Lightroom Classic photo processing, but for example if you know you’ll need to apply AI Denoise to many images frequently under deadline, then you do need to restrict yourself to the very best graphics cards such as the RTX 40x0 series that Puget Systems specifies.

And if you do not expect to use the new HDR processing features any time soon (for example, your work is generally intended for print), then you don’t need an HDR-capable display right now and that would put more display choices into your budget. Note that this is not about the HDR merge feature that’s been around for a while.
 
Multiple times I have built high end workstations, to support Lr and Ps apps and on every occasion I have been disappointed with the resultant performance.

In all cases, I have gone max performance possible on motherboards, M2 drives, memory, etc… and gone close to max cpu performance possible without getting into exotic prices. In a relatively recent case, my high end machine went from ok performance to abysmal, simply because I upgraded my camera from a 40MB sensor to a 60MB sensor.

If you want to use the AI feature with reasonable response times, then you need to aim for at least mid tier RTX 40xx models with a min of 8GB but safer with 12GB GPU memory.

For once, I got lucky. A week after I got my new 4070Ti GPU working, Adobe released the new Denoise and othe AI based features. The end result is that the upgrade has paid for itself already, as twice I have saved critical images, shot at 12,800 iso in error. Not perfect… but more than acceptable.

The 12,800 iso issue was a result of a complex camera config issue…. but it was so sweet to be able to batch Ai Denoise the entire set of images on the card and come back later to fine tune the half dozen images which were irreplaceable.

Apple have a good new CPU/GPU architecture…. which takes many of the risks out of buy high end GPU based systems…. but repeated issues with Apple basics, such as consistent issues with the print pipeline, lack of AdobrRGB screens and Apples insistence of embedding images within email documents scare me from adopting a fully Apple solution set.
 
Thanks for your various contributions, and I have been in touch with Puget. However, I am in the UK, and Puget are not currently geared up to supply machines to us. Does anyone know of a UK supplier who could come up with nthe goods? My budget is not restricted. Many thanks.
 
Thanks for your various contributions, and I have been in touch with Puget. However, I am in the UK, and Puget are not currently geared up to supply machines to us. Does anyone know of a UK supplier who could come up with nthe goods? My budget is not restricted. Many thanks.
PC Specialist gives you multiple configuration options, though none are aimed specifically at Lightroom.
 
I live in Ireland and have purchased several times from Overclockers.co.uk. While they configure and supply overclocked rigs I always opt for standard configs.
 
Thanks for your various contributions, and I have been in touch with Puget. However, I am in the UK, and Puget are not currently geared up to supply machines to us. Does anyone know of a UK supplier who could come up with nthe goods? My budget is not restricted. Many thanks.
How about this: Use PugetSystems as a guide for a Lightroom machine. Then order from a UK specialist shop, but allow for different options for the case, etc, but not the CPU or GPU.
 
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