Mac Mini Slowing Down - Question for Adobe Users

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by james*b, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. james*b macrumors regular

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    Hi
    I noticed my new mac mini (6,2/Quad Core/4gb/SSD) beginning to seriously slow down for the first time yesterday.
    I was editing a photo in Lightroom 4 with about seven local selection masks and the mini became nearly unusable.
    At one point the activity monitor showed Lightroom CPU use at 400%+ (and RAM 2GB+).
    Is this normal? Is there anything I can do (other than use less masks/buy a mac pro etc!)?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. opinio macrumors 65816

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    2 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM chips (total 16gb) would go a long way to helping. 4gb is pretty low for photo editing.
     
  3. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks - but according to the activity monitor, doesn't it appear that it is the CPU which is maxing out, not the RAM?
     
  4. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    James if one program uses 2gb of ram and you only have 4

    16gb is better
     
  5. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    I'd go with more RAM too. Cheap and easy to install. The rest of your machine is very quick, the memory is almost certainly holding you back.
     
  6. opinio macrumors 65816

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    The CPU isn't running at 400%. I think the CPU% in activity monitor is the percentage of allotted usage. So 400% is 4 times what it should be using under normal allotment. My interpretation will be corrected here for sure.

    For example if I run the CPU actually (truly at 100%) at 100% (as set out in iStat Menus), the app I am using (HandBrake) is taking 750% while another app is taking 20% and another 10% etc.

    Someone can explain it better than me I am sure, but certainly when it says your app is on 400% in the '%CPU' column in activity monitor it does not mean you CPU is running 400% on its 2.3GHz frequency max.
     
  7. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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  8. elolaugesen macrumors regular

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    More ram is always better and low cost upgrade....

    cheers elo
     

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