The software used by graphic designers is often greedy. Unless you only work with one program and still the same – in which case you only need to check the minimum system requirements to run this program – you should ideally turn to a configuration that allows you to run most common software programs. used in a design.
For simplicity, the processor – or CPU – is the heart of the computer, responsible for processing and executing instructions.
Depending on your needs, it can be one of the most important components of your computer. So, for someone using Photoshop, only a 2 GHz processor is required, and old computer models will often suffice. But if you work with 3D software, a Core i7 HQ processor or higher is highly recommended. Similarly, it is necessary, in this case, to prefer a quad-core processor (or more) to a dual-core processor, quickly limited to manage 3D applications.
Now, we must also remember that the more powerful a processor is, the more greedy it is. It’s up to you, then, to choose a good compromise between the power and the autonomy you need.
The graphics card
The graphics card – or GPU – will also be requested differently depending on your usage.
The market in this area is dominated by Nvidia, but AMD is also a good choice.
In case of basic graphics needs, an Nvidia GTX 960 card is still a minimum necessary to obtain a satisfactory result. But if you touch 3D, do not look below an Nvidia GTX 1050.
To stay in the analogy of the processor as the brain of the computer, the RAM is comparable to the short-term memory: it is the storage space in which the files are loaded at the moment when you work on it. The more this RAM is important, the better it will process the information.
Currently, it is very unusual to meet a computer with less than 4 GB of RAM. Nevertheless, for graphics work, a minimum of 8 GB is necessary, and even 16 GB for modeling and 3D rendering work.
The hard drive
SSDs are faster than HDDs and are slowly becoming the standard for most laptops and laptops. HDDs are much slower, but for now, they are more durable. A good compromise, in terms of laptop graphics dedicated, is to opt for a model with an HDD and SSD.
In any case, an SSD is highly recommended for all 3D work.
Of course, the screen is an important criterion for a notebook PC dedicated to graphics. Two aspects mainly need to be examined: size and resolution.
The ideal size, of course, depends on your needs. If you work with a secondary display, a 13 “display can be ample. On the other hand, if you have to show the results of your work to customers on your PC itself, a 15 “screen and even 17” can be useful (but it is the portability that then takes a hit).
At the same screen size, the one with the highest resolution (which will have the most pixels, therefore) will have the best display quality, because the image will be much sharper.
The touch seems to gradually gain its credibility with graphic designers because it allows you to work on a single medium, rather than working on a dedicated graphics tablet connected itself to a computer.
Nevertheless, this feature is far from winning all votes, on the one hand in that this touch is often less accurate than on a graphics tablet, and in that it drains the duration of the battery.
This is a point on which manufacturers tend to work more and more, and it is now possible to find high-performance laptops around a dozen hours of autonomy.
Of course, manufacturers always announce a certain duration of use, but it is a “classic” use: office automation, a little streaming, a little game … If you use greedy graphics software, It’s a safe bet that your autonomy will never reach the one announced.