Is My PC Spec Going To Enable Cubase 11 Pro?

I just installed the 30-day trial of Cubase 11 Pro. I’m considering upgrading from Artist 10.5 and would like to spend time during the trial period working with 11 Pro to check out the new features. The download included a demo project called Venus. When I load that project, I find it to be very glitchy with major stop/start and audio dropout. I’ve set up the audio system with Multi-processing and Asio-guard both activated. Doesn’t make any difference. I haven’t as yet started a project as I’d like to establish why the demo project isn’t working. Here’s the bit which I’m concerned about: Seems like my PC may not be able to run Pro 11. The PC is a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop running 64-bit Windows 10. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz processor, 8GB RAM and a 1TB drive with loads of free space. I’ve now looked at Steinberg’s minimum requirements for Pro 11 and see that it recommends a minimum of an i5 processor. I’d be very disappointed to find that the PC is redundant with regard to being able to run the DAW. Have any other members discovered that this minimum spec. is an issue in terms of being able to run Cubase Pro 11? I 'd be grateful to hear from people with experience and any advice.


You can find the System Requirements down in the Cubase editions comparison chart article.

I’ve always stayed above the minimum so I can’t answer that directly. The only thing I can think of for you to try is to use a different audio interface to get sound out of your computer. A good interface has good drivers, and good drivers typically allow for either lower latency/smaller buffers, or conversely a weaker CPU/system.

But outside of that I think you might be out of luck. You’re really pushing it using a 2020 DAW with such an old CPU (I’m assuming it’s one from 2009) considering how ‘weak’ it is.


Of course, you can download Cubase 11 Trail and try it with your specific system.

The person already did that and had performance issues.

Laptops are not great and a lot seem to have problems and bottlenecks. I would agree an i5 is minimum. I personally wouldn’t go below an i7.

Thanks for the replies, much appreciated. The minimum spec for 11 is stated as being i5, which is obviously more powerful than the Intel Core duo which I currently have. I’ve tried importing a number of other projects created using 10.5. They seem to play back fine with no glitches or audio dropout, however I’m aware that the Pro 11 demo track may contain a whole lot of stuff which is exposing the limitations of the CPU. Either that or the download of the demo is corrupted. I’m going to continue to work with the Pro 11 demo until the end of the 30-day trial period. I’ll gradually build up a project as a means of establishing at around what point the system starts to struggle. Hadn’t anticipated having to buy a new PC to accommodate a new version of Cubase. I don’t do gaming. I’d upgraded the processor in the laptop to its maximum compatibility. The Intel dual core CPU has served my music production needs well up until this discovery. Seems that it is now not enough to accommodate Cubase 11. I think I’ll investigate an upgrade from 10.5 Artist to 10.5 Pro and live with that for a while. Should be cheaper than buying a new PC and if I’m being honest, I haven’t yet completed the learning curve presented by 10.5. Thanks again.