Unreal Engine is a stunning and versatile creation engine from Epic Games. It allows creators and developers to bring their designs to life in a digital space. Unreal Engine is a game-changer in the industry. But you need a tailored Workstation for Unreal Engine to get the most from this exceptional creation engine.
The cutting-edge gaming engine has superb graphics, a user-friendly interface and great features for creating Virtual Reality projects that work with the leading VR devices, such as the HTC Vive and Meta Quest.
Unreal Engine is one of the most popular creative engines in the world. But what kind of hardware do you need to make the most of it? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you may be wondering. What is the best computing hardware for Epic Games, Unreal Engine?
What is the best Workstation platform for Unreal Engine?
If you want to create a stunning project with Unreal Engine, you may think graphics cards are the most important component. It is actually your processor that matters the most for performance in Unreal Engine.
Your processor choice depends on how your application uses single-threaded or multi-threaded tasks. Single-threaded tasks need higher clock speeds, while multi-threaded tasks need more cores and threads.
Unreal Engine mainly uses single-threaded tasks, so it performs better with processors with fewer cores and threads but higher clock speeds. However, some parts of Unreal Engine, like building lighting and compiling the Engine from source, are optimised for multi-threading and benefit significantly from more cores and threads.
So, it would help to consider your specific workload when choosing your processor. If you are working on smaller projects that don’t need much lightmapping, you should use an Intel® Core™ Workstation with lower cores and threads and a fast clock speed.
If the multi-core aspects of Unreal Engine are slowing you down, then you should go for an AMD Ryzen™ Workstation. These processors have a good balance of multi-core functionality and high clock speeds.
If you want to maximise your performance in multi-threaded tasks like lightmapping you could consider an AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Pro or Intel® Xeon® W Workstation. The downside to these systems is their higher costs and slightly lower clock speeds.
What graphics card (GPU) is best for Unreal Engine Workstations?
Your graphics card is another critical component for Unreal Engine Workstations. But unlike other professional applications, Unreal Editor does not use the GPU for any computation and only uses it for displaying the output to your screen. So, a higher-end graphics card will only improve your frames per second (FPS) in your viewport and games.
Focus your budget more on your processor than your graphics card to get the most productive Workstation. We suggest a midrange to high-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU. These graphics cards will give you excellent performance and compatibility for traditional rasterisation projects and the latest ray tracing techniques with NVIDIA RTX technologies.
How much System Memory (RAM) is required?
The amount of RAM you need depends on your specific needs. 32GB is usually enough for most users. 64GB is a good option for anyone who does a lot of lightmapping, works on large projects or just wants to be ready for the future.
If you already have an existing system with Unreal Engine installed. You can check how much memory you need by opening your projects and looking at your memory usage in Windows Task Manager.
What Storage Drive Configuration is Best For Unreal Engine?
We suggest our customers use an NVMe Solid State Drive as their main drive to hold your Operating System, Application and Active Project Files. These drives are much faster than a traditional Hard Disk Drive, making your system more responsive. They will dramatically reduce the time it takes to load your projects and operating system.
You could include a 2nd Solid State Drive to store your active project files if you wish to maximise your performance. This ensures that these files don’t have to share bandwidth with other processes on your system and are available immediately.
We suggest a slower traditional Hard Disk Drive or Network Attached Storage (NAS) for long-term storage. They have much more storage space at a lower price than Solid State Drives.