Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography, and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video, and mobile.

Component Recommendations


Raster and Vector Graphics, 2D Animation

Most tasks in photography and graphics applications only take advantage of a single CPU core given how the software is designed. While some actions utilize multiple CPU cores (such as blurring and color conversion), benchmark tests show that they max out at 6 to 8 cores. Therefore the clockspeed per core is more important than the number of cores.

We recommend 4- to 8-core processor with high clockspeed (over 3.5GHz).


In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.


We recommend a solid-state drive (SSD) for the operating system, software and project files.


This application has minor benefits from GPU acceleration, so a high-end graphics card is not required. Therefore, we recommend a NVIDIA Quadro P2200.

If you require 30-bit color or a 10-bit display, we recommend also adding the Blackmagic Decklink card to your system.


The HP Z8 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like dual processors and/or multiple high performance graphics cards.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like to start with a single high-end processor and single high-performance graphics card with the potential of upgrading in the future. With the Z6 G4, you can add a second matching processor and double the memory using the optional second processor riser. The power supply will also support two mid-range graphics cards.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is recommended for majority of workflows. Since Intel now produces single Core i9 and Xeon processors with up to 18-cores and high clock speed, there is no need for dual processors unless you will have heavy CPU rendering or intensive tasks demanding more than 18-cores. Also, the HP Z4 G4 has an optional 1000W power supply that will support the most powerful graphics cards inluding the GeForce RTX 3080 and Quadro RTX A5000.

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i9-10900X (3.7 GHz base frequency, 10 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive


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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-9800X (3.8 GHz base frequency, 8 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive


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HP Z440 Workstation

  • 6-Core 3.6GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1650 v4 [6-cores / 12-threads]
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB


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