I just found an article on Adobe’s website called “Lightroom Performance Hints“. There’s actually some really good stuff in it and I think it’s definitely worth reading. For me, I knew many of the things listed but I had no idea how much RAM impacts LR’s performance. I also never knew that my display size would affect performance as well. Luckily I mostly use my laptop and I don’t even have the higher resolution display. I’m plenty happy with 1440×900.
I often hear people with performance problems who use external drives. One of the points here, and something I always warn people of, is that Lightroom’s performance is directly affected by how fast the drive you’re using is, so keep that in mind.
I did find it odd, that one of the points on the tips page, talks about using the 2010 process version for faster performance. Really? So I’m supposed to go to a 3-year old process version to speed things up? I’ll pass on that one
It’s definitely worth a read though. Have a great weekend!