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Late 2011 MBP i7 gets slow with and after Aperture

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Dec 10, 2012 1:50 PM

My first post, please pardon my ignorance. I have read similar threads but I believe my situation is a bit different.

Anyway, my late 2011 MBP i7 4GB ram, running on SL gets very slow after I open/browse/edit in Aperture. The system does page out to 1.3 gb. When using Safary and email, it becomes very painfull even after I close out the Aperture. The whole system becomes laggy and menus become delayed. The only solution is to reboot and my mac is back like new until I open the Aperture again. Every program is up to date and only about 160gb out of 500gb HDD being used.


Heres what I've done so far:

1. long hardware test checked ok

2. NVRAM reset

3. downloaded Kasperski and found no viruses

4. rebuild/repair aperture database

5. ordered 8gb crucial ram, should be in in a few days


Is it due to not having enough RAM? My previous 2006 MBP Core 2 Due was almost as fast running on Lion and 4GB ram. I would expect a significant speed increase on my 4 core i7, but unfortunately it's not the case.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Late 2011 MacBook Pro
  • Trane Francks Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Dec 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.


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