I am running SQL2012 merge replication on a netbook using SQL Express as a subscriber. The netbook has 1GB of RAM.
The replication process works quite well, but it is when it comes to applying the prc files from the snapshot where the problem begins.
As I understand the prc files are the stored procedures for each table. At the start the prc files are applied fast, but further along it seems to slow down more for each one. At the start it seems to take less than 1 second for each, but now it is up to about 10 - 20 seconds for each.
If I look back when I subscribed to the same publication on a PC (not a netbook) the prc files each applied in less than a second, and there was no slowdown over time.
The SQL server is using about 453 Mb of memory. It has increased since applying the prc files.