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>Moving from Lightroom to Aperture's not a possibility, given the workflow, experience, and catalog data she's built up in Lightroom over the years.

Forget the advice. Lightroom is faster, as noted in every review of both programs. Try Aperture yourself with the demo to find out.

Working with 10+ megapixel images is always going to be slow, and with camera advances, it will get worse every time your wife gets a higher resolution camera --so comparing it with how it used to be when you have 6mp files is not exactly correct.

More memory and an SSD will definitely help.

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