Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful suite of tools. Video editing itself is an intense process that requires vast amounts of computing power and Premiere Pro isn't shy about using any resources you throw at it. There's a simple way to check if your PC meets the system requirements before purchasing the subscription.
How to check your PC specs
- Hit Windows Key + E to bring up Windows Explorer.
- Right-click on This PC in the sidebar.
- Choose Properties.
- A new window will open, which you can use to check your PC specifications to the requirements Adobe has published.
You want your specifications to match or exceed those that are published by Adobe. The full specification requirements of Adobe Premiere Pro are as follows:
- 64-bit multi-core processor (Intel 6th Gen or AMD FX).
- 64-bit Windows 10.
- 2 GB VRAM.
- 8 GB RAM.
- 8 GB HDD space (additional free space required during installation).
- Compatible sound card.
- Internet connection (for product activation, download, updates, etc.).
To see whether or not your Intel processor has multi-core support and is at least 6th Gen or newer, enter the model name — an example being the Core i7-7700HQ — on the Intel Ark website. AMD offers a similar website for checking AMD CPUs. Free disk space can be checked by opening up Windows Explorer and left-clicking on This PC in the sidebar, which will show all the connected drives.
As well as the internal requirements above, you also need to use a display that supports a resolution of 1200x800. Screen resolutions of 1080p or higher are recommended. After meeting all these requirements, you'll be able to install and boot up Adobe Premiere Pro.
If you do not meet the requirements, you'll need to look elsewhere or spend on a new PC. Not having enough power to handle Premiere Pro would result in an awful experience with long load times, playback buffering, and more. To those who plan on getting the most out of their video editor, Premiere Pro really is the best kit around.
Pro video editor
Video editing for professionals
No matter what software you use, video editing will take up a lot of computing power. So if your device can run Adobe Premiere Pro, it's going to take up a lot of resources. However, Premiere Pro is still one of the best video editing programs on the market and can edit just about anything.
Style, power and ports
The Aurora is a beast of a PC, sporting up to dual NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics cards (GPU), a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor (CPU), 64GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM, and a 2TB M.2 PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 2TB hard-disk drive (HDD). There are also plenty of configuration options if you don't need this amount of power for video editing. Even the base model meets the Premiere Pro requirements.
Sleek portable performance
Dell packs some serious hardware inside the XPS 15. Spending at least $1,400 will see you with a configured laptop that surpasses the requirements to use Adobe Premiere Pro. This configuration sports an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 8 GB RAM, and a dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4 GB VRAM. It's not the best for video editing but will get you well on your way.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.