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Q9450 Photoshop CS3 Performance issue!

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August 19, 2008 1:19:54 AM

Hey guys,

Has anyone had any trouble with the Q9450 running photoshop?
I have updated my PS CS3 to the latest adobe version, but the performance is awful.
I recall seeing an error whilst i was using it a few weeks ago that said "i need atleast a C2D or 2.4ghz P4"

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August 19, 2008 1:37:45 AM

Sounds familiar although it's never happened to me.
Do you have any problems with other apps and is windows recognizing all 4 cores?
August 19, 2008 1:42:03 AM

No nothing, im a designer, so im running indesign, illustrator, and flash perfectly fine!, its only PS.

Perhaps its something to do with Vista X64?
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August 19, 2008 1:53:34 AM

how much ram do you have?
Are you useing on board video?
August 19, 2008 1:57:48 AM

4g of DDR2 1066

8800gtx Flashed to an Ultra!
August 19, 2008 2:09:46 AM

this is one conundrum
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August 19, 2008 2:52:32 AM

PS needs clock speed, bunches of RAM and fast (multiple) disk I/O. Extra cores don't help yah a great deal because PS (the app) is single-threaded - though certain filters will run parallel threads across 2 cores.

Add 2gb of ram, set PS to use 3gb and buy a Raptor (or 2)
August 19, 2008 3:11:07 AM

I honestly dont think that will help out on this one,
Im at work right now, im a graphic designer so i have photoshop open right now on a 1.6ghz Pentium D with 1gb of ddr2 and a 7200rpm HDD, and its running like a dream compared to my beast at home (the one with the problems).
August 19, 2008 3:34:38 AM

Based on that comment it's safe to say it isn't the Q9450.
August 19, 2008 3:50:29 AM


Did you encounter these problems after flashing your graphics card BIOS? I would suggest flashing back, and reloading the drivers for the card (clean reload with DriverCleaner). It absolutely would not be the 4GB of 1066MHz RAM, or the Q9450; I can run CS3 without any issues whatsoever on my Athlon X2 4800+ (stock) and 3GB DDR 400 Kingston RAM... you should not have any issues at all. The only thing I could think of you be the video card, or poor hard-drive performance; but if you aren't experiencing the problems in any other applications, I am at a loss without some trial and error. Try flashing back / reloading the drivers (and possible PS CS3), and go from there. The only other thing I could think of you be a driver incompatibility with PS CS3 and Vista 64-bit (and customizing your Video Card BIOS does not help it either). A simple way of ruling out the video is trying a different card if you have one lying around... Or even try yours in another machine running CS3 (doesn't tell you if it is a Vista 64 issues with CS3).
Good luck, and hopefully you find the answer.

August 19, 2008 3:58:08 AM

dg6464 - Thanks heaps for your advice!
since the ultra flash didnt improve video performance all that much i think i will try going back to the GTX bios.
Other than that the main concern is my error saying i need atleast a C2D or P4, meaning Photoshop is not recognising that i have a CPU much better than what they are suggesting. Ill try a Bios update, if there is one.
Thanks heaps for everyones suggestions.