Aperture performance on 1.83 MBP

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dhc, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. dhc macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    I’ve been using the Aperture trial on my Macbook Pro for the last couple of weeks, and I think I’m going to purchase it. Performance is typically ok, but I do notice some sluggishness sometimes – some lag in places, which I’d like to eliminate if possible. Is this typical of the App, or am I not well enough spec’d (I think I meet the minimum requirements)?

    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    1GB RAM

    I shoot in Raw on a 350D, and have about 4,500 images.

    I’ll buy more RAM if it is worth it, but if I’m limited by my processor or graphics card, I may reconsider my options.

    Thoughts & experiences appreciated!
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I have a 2Ghz, 2Gb Core Duo MBP. It bogs down sometimes in Aperture (400D Raw images). My feeling is that this occurs when the machine is forced to swap for any reason. A faster, larger harddrive would probably help, as would killing other RAM hogging apps.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I think the app is just slow. It's not as slow as before, but even on your machine, which isn't exactly outdated, it's going to run a bit sluggish at times. More RAM will help, but it's not going to run perfectly smooth all the time. A total of 2 GB of RAM will make running Aperture less annoying, though. :)
  4. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    I've got a 1.83 ghz Macbook (not pro) with a 120gb Hard Drive and 2gb of ram, and I've been very happy with the performance.
  5. leandroc76 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2003
    For pro's who PP thousands of images for one client, it is cost effective to run Aperture off a RAID.
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Run the Activity Monitor and study the CPU, RAM and Disk graphs while you work in Aperture. If the CPU is flat lined at 100% there is not much you can do. But if the disk is pegged out adding RAM can reduce the need for disk access.
  7. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Appeture is an intrinsically RAM-hungry program. I think CPU-wise even a CD1 MacMini would be able to run it, though you'd want to max that thing out in terms of RAM. I run apeture on both my dual 2.5 (not Quad) G5 with 5 GB of RAM, and on my CD2 MBP (2GB RAM). To be quite honest, I really can't tell a difference in performance. One thing to remember is that the MBP RAM is significantly faster than the G5's, which could explain the lack of observable difference. To answer the OP's question, sure, you can run it. But if you want to run it well, invest in another stick of RAM.

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