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Bridge CS4 and Multicore usage?

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Hi everyone-
I build a new machine a few months ago and am now in the process of reshuffling the hard drives as I underestimated the size of the archive. The current specs of the machine are:
Core i7 920 (stock)
12 GB RAM
Main drive: Seagate 1.5TB 7200rpm 7200.11
Archive drive (new one): 2TB WD Green
Photoshop/Bridge CS4
One area that is particularly slow is Bridge when importing files. Most of the files are from a 1Ds MKIII, so it takes a while to generate previews. The photos get added to the slideshow fairly quickly and the thumbnails are extracted in pretty fast time as well. However, it takes a while for the full res previews to generate. For example, in a directory mix of about 7.5gig worth of 1Ds MKIII files and 1D MKII files, the machine currently takes close to 8 minutes before the previews are generated. I looked at the processor usage once and it never goes over 20%. Thinking my hard drive may be slow since it wasn't a CPU bottleneck, I installed 2 OCZ Vertex drives in a RAID0 configuration, moved the photos and cache onto that drive, but ended up seeing the same performance when the previews were generated. (the files were added to the slideshow and had the thumbnails extracted much faster however.)
My question is does Bridge support multiprocessors like the Core i7? It appears it doesn't based on my results but perhaps there is something wrong with my setup.
Thanks for any help,
Chris

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Schlotkins wrote:
One area that is particularly slow is Bridge when importing files.
My question is does Bridge support multiprocessors like the Core i7? It appears it doesn't based on my results but perhaps there is something wrong with my setup.
Thanks for any help,
Chris
Hi Chris,
How are you importing the files?
Bridge and Camera Raw both support multithreaded operations. If you are using the 'Get Photos from Camera...' menu option than you are hitting a non-threaded process. That menu item calls a new process and it is not multithreaded. It's there for mounting peripherals that otherwise don't mount via Explorer and one way for ingesting images from a camera.
If you are speaking of just browsing to files and getting cached data, what setting do you have under Preferences> Advanced? If you have Generate Monitor-Size Previews on, what size is your monitor resolution? And you are not talking about using the Loupe for 100% in the Preview panel, right?
I haven't broken down the overall size to image count; approximately how many images are we talking?
regards,
steve
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