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Kevin Paterson
Can my i5 ASUS notebook run CS5?
on Mar 27, 2011 at 3:24:40 am

I recently bought an ASUS notebook with the following specs:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Intel Core i5 - 2.27GHz
  • RAM: 4.00 GB
  • 64-bit
  • 1GB VRAM


  • nVidia Graphics card details:
  • DirectX version: 11.0
  • GPU processor: GeForce GT 325M
  • Driver version: 266.58
  • DirectX support: 10.1
  • CUDA Cores: 48
  • Core clock: 450 MHz
  • Shader clock: 990 MHz
  • Memory clock: 700 MHz (1400 MHz data rate)
  • Memory interface: 128-bit
  • Total available graphics memory: 2710 MB
  • Dedicated video memory: 1024 MB DDR3
  • System video memory: 0 MB
  • Shared system memory: 1686 MB
  • Video BIOS version: 70.16.58.00.FE
  • IRQ: 16
  • Bus: PCI Express x16



I also downloaded the trial for AE CS5, and I tried to edit a full DVD movie rip, and it was really laggy even with just previewing the video.

I then uninstalled it straight away, stupidly.

The Student and Teacher Edition is going really cheap, and I would like to know if I will even be able to edit anything without terrible lag.

My laptop also uses Optimus technology, which means it has TWO graphics components: An Intel chipset, and the nVidia graphics card.
I think I was running AE with the integrated chipset and not the graphics card. I can choose which one will run AE.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Can my i5 ASUS notebook run CS5?
on Mar 27, 2011 at 9:02:14 am

It sounds like you need an editing app - AE is a compositing/animation/effects program. For editing you need Premiere Pro or similar. Also, AE will preview your footage by rendering it and playing from RAM, so no direct playback and dependency on the amount of RAM and resolution you want the footage previewed at.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Kevin Paterson
Re: Can my i5 ASUS notebook run CS5?
on Mar 27, 2011 at 9:22:15 am

Thanks for replying.

I was planning to use AE for compositing and animation (like what Andrew Kramer does), but I tested it out with something I wanted to do straight away.

I think I made the comp size HD 720p, while the original video file was normal DVD size, 576i. And the file size was 5.32 GB.

I still don't know why it was so laggy :(

Oh well, I just bought the Student/Teacher Production Premium, so let's hope it works :D


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Can my i5 ASUS notebook run CS5?
on Mar 27, 2011 at 4:38:22 pm

AE should work on your laptop. It may be slower on comps with many layers and effects but it will still work. It sounds though like you can benefit from these tutorials first:
http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/classroom-after-effects-cs5/episode-1/

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Kevin Paterson
Re: Can my i5 ASUS notebook run CS5?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:47:23 am

Thank you very much for those links and your advice!


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