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Unreal Engine offers a list of hardware and software requirements, but it only covers the bare essentials rather than what it takes to run it well and provide a good experience with high performance.
In Unreal Engine development, the CPU is at the heart of your workstation and will be involved in everything you do so it is important to have a great performer.
Intel's i9 14900K, with marginally better performance than its predecessor the i9 13900K, now tops AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X, with all three still providing great performance for Unreal Engine users. Intel manages to swing the performance back in their favour here.
Those who are involved in heavily threaded tasks such as building lighting & compiling the engine from source should look at AMD's Threadripper series of CPUs. It is important to keep in mind that Threadripper CPUs can be slower for other tasks, and since the cost of Threadripper systems add up quickly, it's tough to recommend unless the system will be used for specialty tasks and a normal system used all other times (works well with a team of people and/or with multiple machines at play).
The RAM needed is dependent on your needs on a per-project basis and whether you do RAM-intensive tasks such as building lighting. In general, however, 32GB of RAM would be suitable for most, with 64GB+ of RAM useful if you build lighting that takes more than a few hours.
As always, keep in mind that this RAM is necessary for Unreal Engine itself - if you have other tasks in other programs to do at the same time you could benefit from more RAM to ensure all programs can get by simultaneously without grinding to a halt.
Unreal Engine relies on the GPU to display graphics on the screen, so a faster GPU will provide a higher FPS (frames per second) in your viewport or in game.
Any high-end GeForce or Quadro/RTX A-series would work well in Unreal Engine, but here is how the top models perform like you might expect.
While Unreal Engine development will be fine with professional GPU options, the consumer-grade GeForce cards are the better choice as they are significantly more affordable and usually beat the performance of the pro-grade cards. The main tangible benefit of a pro card is they will offer greater amounts of VRAM at price points, but that only goes so far towards the actual performance. Other benefits include the ability to sync multiple systems together along with video walls and certain video cameras which are much-needed features for certain Virtual Production workflows.
With the CPU, RAM, & GPU often taking so much of the focus when it comes to configuring a PC for Unreal Engine, the storage configuration can get left out, or is an afterthought when most of the budget is already spent... this can be a huge and costly mistake! If the storage is not able to keep up with the CPU, RAM, & GPU - it will create a bottleneck and then it will not matter how fast or capable other hardware is.
There are a few main types of storage options on offer today, and they all have their pros and cons, so it makes sense to know & understand them, and often use a combination of storage drives in a PC built for Unreal Engine.
For professional Unreal Engine development, we promote a two or three-drive configuration with the capacity and type of each depending on your desired budget and performance level.
External drives are a cause for concern as they are known to contribute to performance and stability issues. External drives should therefore only be used to move data to the PC - then work on it - and move it back onto an external drive if needed, but you should not be working directly from an external drive.
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