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  • After Effects Hardware Upgrade

  • Joe Burke

    January 17, 2021 at 3:33 am

    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking to improve my After Effects performance primarily with RG plug-ins and 3D setups. I am trying to determine if I should upgrade my memory to 32/64GB or if I should entertain getting an eGPU? Should I be considering a Workstation graphics card or just a regular gaming card?

    Computer:Mac Mini 2018 with an i7 processor and 16GB RAM.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you

  • Michael Szalapski

    January 20, 2021 at 3:45 am

    I don’t know if Red Giant’s plugins would work with an eGPU. AE uses whatever GPU is powering your display’s output for whatever it uses the GPU for, so Red Giant might also do that.

    More RAM would be helpful. 32 is the recommended minimum. 16 is the bare minimum required.

  • Joe Burke

    January 20, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you for your thoughts. It seems that Red Giant will take advantage of any attached eGPU as long as AE is set up to do so, however, there are many mixed reviews about how AE preforms with eGPUs.

    The memory upgrade is at the top of the list.


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