I have a new Mac Mini Server 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 4 GB ram, Stock hard drives 5400rpm and it is slow and choppy especially when I have more than one program running at a time.
I also have a Late 2007 Macbook Pro laptop 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB ram, upgraded 7200rpm HD and it handles multiple programs running at the same time quite smoothly (compared to the Mini anyway)
A common set of programs running at the same time are Evernote, iPhoto, and Chrome (with multiple tabs). Memory usage often seems to have a sliver of unused memory and I don't know what a "good" amount of page outs is but there are some.
Can the hard drive speed make THAT much diffrence?
The Mac Mini is not usable with my typical working setup. I am litteraly waiting for over a minute sometimes for a program to respond. Even just opening the menu takes a long time. I can't just run one thing at a time. What is the point? Audio is often choppy and some time does not start for a while or will drop out after a whie, Streaming a video on Hulu may take several attempts to work (even when there are no other noticable network traffic). I think it is all related to the overall performance. If that gets resoved I believe then sound and video will smooth out too.
I was already planning on upgrading the memory (and it is on it's way), but still this should not be happening with the 4 GB I have.
Any thing I should pay attention to? Are there ways to optimize my Mini? (I have not even tried to use the server set-up at this point) Do others have similar issues or did I get a Lemon? (instead of an Apple )
Thanks for your input.