Long time Opus user here and someone that has real heartache working on any PC that doesn’t have it! I have an issue I hope someone can assist me with - forgive a bit of a ramble but I thought it best to put in as much information as I could, in case someone has a thought.
I have c.300k of photographs in 1,250+ directories (about 4TB) and have always found DO excellent as a thumbnail viewer to quickly navigate the directories and spot the photos I wish to view or edit. However, as my collection has grown and my cameras have advanced (current files are either 20MB JPGs or 50MB NEFS) I find myself really thinking twice before I click on the Thumbnail button as it can bring the PC to its knees. Not only does DO become pretty unresponsive until it finishes drawing the thumbnails in the directory I click on but it’s sometimes hard to get the PC itself to respond in terms of alt-tabbing to another program in the meantime. As soon as the thumbnails have been drawn, everything reverts to its normal snappy self.
It’s a reasonable spec machine (i7-6800K @3.6GHz, Rampage V Edition 10, 24GB DDR4 1066 RAM, GEForce GTX 1080, Win7 Pro 64). I also have a triple monitor setup (running through DisplayFusion) - Dell U3415W (3440x1440) Asus PB287Q (2160x3840) and BenQ PD3200U (2160x3840) – all at 60Hz. The DO thumbnail cache is on the C:\ drive (an 970EVO 1TB NVMe) and I’ve tried refreshing the thumbnails a couple of times as well. The photos themselves reside on a normal 7200 8TB HDD.
Q/. A while ago, I changed the Thumbnail threads in Preferences to 32. Would this have made any difference (i.e. in grabbing all the power in the system to do the thumbnails, making the PC unresponsive while it did the task)?
Any other suggestions as to how I might be able to make things quicker and/or stop the ‘unresponsiveness’?
Oddly enough, Windows Explorer is quite lot faster drawing the thumbnails, although it doesn’t do 1% of what DO does for me, so I’d really like to fix the problem if I can at all.
Many thanks for any suggestions! All the best!