Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to vsadnik)
Paging out to 1.3 gig effectively means that a lot of stuff is sitting in virtual memory on your hard disk. The i7 is great for improving the speed of whatever is in memory, but anything that is paged out is limited to the performance of the HDD and SATA bus.
The cheapest and most effective first step is to max out your RAM. It's a modest investment that will benefit you immensely. The second step is to replace mechanical disks with SSDs. Currently, this is a pricy proposition, but the performance improvement can be nearly 100% over a mechanical drive system.
At the end of the day, it's about how much money you want to spend to go as fast as you can afford.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to vsadnik)
I installed 8gigs of RAM last night. What a difference?!!!! So far, no more pageouts. Aperture is much faster and no more beachball. I can see the memory being a bottleneck. Apple should update it's website on the optimal system requirements; 4GB RAM isn't enough for optimal use for Aperture.