Has anyone else discovered CS4 to be slow?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by D-Mac, Nov 2, 2008.

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    D-Mac Guest

    CS4 looks like promising much but at what cost?
    It looks like I'll have to buy a new computer to run it!
    D-Mac, Nov 2, 2008
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    bmoag Guest

    CS4 is engineered with the idea that the user will be using at least a
    recent generation dual core processor and a video card capable of 3d
    rendering. That means no mobo graphics and at least an Nvidia 6800 or
    The video card accelerated functions are a bit underwhelming but still
    represent a major coup for Adobe's programmers, considering the diverse
    driver structure of ATI and Nvidia cards. I am disappointed that they still
    cannot find a way to use multiple CPU/GPU cores more efficiently. I would
    think that applying an operation to an image file should be the ideal task
    for parallel processing.
    bmoag, Nov 3, 2008
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    robert_b Guest

    I am having no problems at all with my "older" 3.2gig single processor and 2
    gigs of dram.
    robert_b, Nov 3, 2008
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    D-Mac Guest

    I am having serious issues of processing speed with my dual core, 4 gig
    system. CS3 is very comfortable with this layout but CS4 is a real dog. So
    slow I think it's time to call Adobe support. The problem does not seem to
    be in processing images but in redrawing them afterwards.

    D-Mac, Nov 3, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Photoshop is now using the video card. check GPU support of your card
    and the drivers.
    Rob, Nov 3, 2008
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    just bob Guest

    Sounds typical! Some of my machines still struggle with CS3 which is why I
    have CS2 installed, too, but rarely we use it - we just put up with the slow
    speed. it's just slow to open and launch right? Seems working in the product
    all the tools work OK, but just opening and processing is a bit slow.
    just bob, Nov 3, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    BTW in your preferences > performance - can you check in the GPU
    settings - Open GL drawing or is that grayed out?

    If so its that your video card or drivers do not comply with this
    Rob, Nov 3, 2008
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    D-Mac Guest

    Nope, The selection allows me to choose either and there is hardly and
    difference between the two choices.
    D-Mac, Nov 4, 2008
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    D-Mac Guest

    For me the issue is terrible screen redrawing and a total lack of
    information that the program is still carrying out a function. My CPU
    indicator shows 10 -30% usage but the program drags it's feet completing
    tasks. and doesn't redraw the screen until it is totally finished, leaving
    large areas where there is no screen image.
    D-Mac, Nov 4, 2008
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    D-Mac Guest

    I've partly found the problem.
    It runs at 15 - 20% CPU usage in the background and hogs all the processor
    time as a foreground process until it has indexed your drives. In my case
    this is over a terabyte of images and because I lost patience with the thing
    and went back to CS3 eash time, the indexing would go on again the next
    time, and the next and the next until it was done today (5th time I've
    started the program) It now just runs a little sloer than CS3 rather than
    dog slow.
    D-Mac, Nov 4, 2008
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    Jurgen Guest

    Perhaps it is time to upgrade the video card?
    CS4 uses the card's GPU. Some of the oldwer Gforce and Radeon cards are
    going to be soooo slow. What you describe is caused by the vertical
    refresh not doing it's job due to ancient RAM on the video card. Get
    something with DDR3 RAM, maybe 2 gig of it and you'll think you've got a
    new computer. Assuming it's Windows you are using.
    Jurgen, Nov 8, 2008
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