I have Visual Studio 2010 running on different machines. From netbooks with 1GB to a laptop with 8GB. On every machine it runs much, much faster then VS 2008.
I'm sorry, I find that very hard to believe. I've found it excruciatingly slow, namely the editor. I can understand why,
it has lots of intellisense improvements that I love. I believe it comes down the speed of your individual processors. Have an AMD 9150e x4, each core is a mere 1.8ghz (granted AMD clocks slower due to its CPUs leaning more towards the CISC side of the spectrum
than Intel's). Its slugglish... real sluggish. VS2008 was a breeze. To fill out the specs, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. I have NO VS plug-ins installed.
I love VS2010 though, so will probably have to upgrade at least my CPU to run it smoothly. I think this is the experience
of most people who are looking at it objectively and use it enough to know.
Of course, different functions of it may run better or worse, so perhaps the portions you use aren't the portions other
use. As a native C++ guy, I can tell you this thing crawls during editing. Its just barely tolerable. For other languages, I can't say. Maybe Intellisense is faster in projects structured better. Regardless, the claim that it is faster than VS2008 on every
machine you installed it on is .. well, just unbelievable (to me).
EDIT: I'm also running Win7 x64 .. FWIW. It seems many who complain are running x64. Too bad there's not a 64-bit build
of VS2010, that may help. Still, it shouldn't be *this* slow in comparison to VS2008. Also, I know this thread is old, but I'm using the final release.