Can coverflow or cover flow be sped up?

I have an 8-core, 8 GB machine. With one Finder folder open to a directory of images, set to cover flow (or coverflow) mode, moving from one image to the next with the up/down cursor keys results in first, a blurry version of the image, and second, a few moments later, a sharpened version.
During this process, my CPU meters are minimally active; certainly there is no indication of heavy work going on. But coverflow can't keep up with even the most gentle viewing rate... tap, tap tap and it's way behind. This seems ridiculous to me. I can browse images at many times this speed with no intermediate "blurry" render in many other applications - why is finder so pokey?
And more importantly, is there a way to speed it up? It's really kind of driving me nuts.

I don't experience any latency at all, in either Quick Look, Cover Flow, or Finder.
Have you tried creating a new account and see how your apps work in that User acct? (That will tell if your problem is systemwide or limited to your User acct.)
Open System Preferences > Accounts > "+" make it an admin account.
If this works, then log back into your problem account and go to Users/yourname/Library/Preferences and trash these two files:
Then, restart.
(You will have to reset a few finder prefs the way you like them.)
If that fix it and the issue is limited to your user account try starting up Safe Mode (It will take more time to startup in Safe Mode because it runs a directory check.)
If your Finder features work correctly that way, go to System Preferences >> Accounts >> Login Items, and remove them. Boot normally and test. If not go to/Users/yourname/Library/Contextual Menu Items and move whatever is there to the desktop. Then do the same with /Library/Contextual Menu Items. Lastly, try moving/Users/yourname/Library/Fonts to your desktop and restarting.
Log out/in or restart, if that sorts it start putting items back one at a time until you find the culprit.
If the issue is systemwide then, you may be able to repair this with the The 10.6.4 Combo Update This is a fuller install, as opposed to an incremental "delta" update so it should overwrite any files that are damaged or missing. It does not matter if you have applied it before.
Remember to Verify Disk before update and repair permissions after update from /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.

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