What will speed up iMovie more: an SSD or more RAM?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mossme89, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. mossme89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    I'm working on a slideshow on my dad's Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz Mac Mini, and it's PAINFULLY slow. There's a noticeable several second wait when changing settings for a photo (like how long it is) and often times when playing, it gets "stuck" on a transition or photo, and the preview window doesn't change.

    My dad has 2GB of RAM and I have 3GB of RAM. My Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro is a tad faster, but not much so. So I'm trying to figure out how to speed this up, as the whole process is taking way too long. These extra few seconds here and there really add up when working on a long slideshow. I think our computer processors and graphics processors themselves are powerful enough so it's probably something else. What would speed up iMovie more, an SSD, or maybe 6-8GB of RAM?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Those processors are actually a bit slow, but more RAM will significantly affect your speed. An SSD will help with many operations, but probably not much with iMovie for those operations.

  3. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    iMovie would benefit more from a processor upgrade than anything, but RAM would speed it up more than an SSD.

    An SSD would improve the startup times for the app, that's about it. Basically if the operation accesses the hard drive, the SSD would help that.
  4. faroZ06 macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2009
    Really? I think the SSD makes the bigger difference. iMovie reads and writes a lot of big video data to/from the hard drive.

    When importing video from my HDV camcorder, it lags behind when I'm using an external hard drive, but it's fast internal.


    Whenever you play or edit video, iMovie has to read/write video. That's a lot of hard drive access.

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