Illustrator maps: GPU vs CPU performance

When we work with extremely large Illustrator files, as vector maps, the computer performance may be adversely affected.

GPU performance enhancements let Illustrator pan, zoom, and scroll up to 10 times faster with 10 times higher zoom magnification (64,000%, up from 6,400%)…

With powerful computers equiped with modern GPUs, the use of GPU visualization can be very useful, but when we work with computers without a great GPU, the best election is work on CPU.

Enable or disable GPU preview:

  • Application bar > click the GPU Performance “rocket” icon to display the GPU Performance settings in the Preferences panel.
  • Select or clear the GPU Performance check box and click OK.


GPU Performance settings in the Illustrator Preferences panel.
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