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Old Jul 20, 2011, 03:34 PM   #1
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RAM upgrade for 2011 Mac Mini

Hi,

I'm considering the cheapest new Mini to run Logitech Squeezebox Server. That would be the sole purpose of this box, I may run iTunes on it, eventually.

With that information, is 2GB going to be enough? Squeezebox Server is not extremely RAM intensive (AFAIK), but I'm not sure how much of a hog Lion is.

Would this be a good upgrade option? http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modul...d=6BES1759T2F4

8GB would be overkill. I won't even be surfing on this machine.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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servers generally could use the larger amounts of RAM, 2GB is good for single users. I'm not sure much about what a Squeezebox Server is, but 8GB is what I needed for hard core virtual machining so I would recommend it.

You may want to invest in 1333Mhz RAM instead, that is what the new mac mini is capable of, and although it costs more, you will get to use the new mac mini's full potential, rather then limiting it with slower RAM, they upgraded the RAM speed because of the new faster processor.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Logitech's Squeezebox Server is not really a client based model like what you're used to. It is a software for streaming to music devices within your LAN. It doesn't need virtualization, etc. However, it is taxing the 1.2Ghz, non-floating point CPU w/512Mb of RAM that is on the Sheevaplug I run it on currently.

Good point about the 1333Mhz RAM. I can't seem to find a decent price on PC3-8500 1333Mhz RAM, does anyone know where I can get it for a reasonable price?

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Old Jul 20, 2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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Actually, Crucial already has the memory upgrades for the new Minis:

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartsp...4F51E3A5CA7304
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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I purchased this today:

8 GB of RAM - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231342
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 04:41 AM   #6
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Isn't 8 GB a no-brainer if you are going to upgrade? Price diff of $30 to a 4 GB kit.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 06:19 AM   #7
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If I generally use a Mac Mini for basic tasks (surfing, streaming video, music, photos etc), will I notice a difference between 2GB and 4GB?
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 10:34 AM   #8
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RAM specifics

Does anyone know what the specs are for the best compatible RAM for the 2.7GHz i7 processor configuration?

This is my first time purchasing a MAC, and I would like to upgrade both the RAM and harddrive. On the RAM side of things, it looks like there are more options to consider when buying RAM than the other users have addressed.

Is the RAM PC3-10600, 10660, or 10666?

Thank you,
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 10:55 AM   #9
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10600 i believe...

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Old Jul 21, 2011, 08:49 PM   #10
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Isn't 8 GB a no-brainer if you are going to upgrade? Price diff of $30 to a 4 GB kit.
Well... see my comments below.

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If I generally use a Mac Mini for basic tasks (surfing, streaming video, music, photos etc), will I notice a difference between 2GB and 4GB?
Good question, I'm wondering the same thing, now that I've looked at some Geekbench benchmarks.

I'm attaching a sample of memory performance from a 2GB machine vs someone who upgraded the same machine to 8GB. Not a big difference! I'm unsure how this would affect real-world performance for low-intensity task. Yeah, it's only $45-$80, but why waste it for (potentially) no gain?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 04:27 AM   #11
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Sure, if you run with 2 GB and don't experience it as slow, no need to do anything. I will do that and see how it works. But if I upgrade I will max it out, just for future proofing and avoiding to get yet two more unusable memory sticks if I would need 8GB in the future. I will already be stuck with two 1GB sticks.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:29 PM   #12
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Ha, well for $45 I changed my mind. 8GB it is, even though I may not get the Mini for a while:

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-DDR3-L...pr_product_top
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:17 PM   #13
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Wow thats a great price nice find.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:21 PM   #14
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Just a thought has anyone figured out if you could stick 16gb of ram in the new mini?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:29 PM   #15
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Just a thought has anyone figured out if you could stick 16gb of ram in the new mini?

I thought I read the mini's can only go up to 8gb total.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:38 PM   #16
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Damn Amazon wont let me ship this order to Canada, guess I'm out of luck with this deal on ram.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:38 PM   #17
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Just a thought has anyone figured out if you could stick 16gb of ram in the new mini?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 01:45 PM   #18
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I thought I read the mini's can only go up to 8gb total.
That's what "THEY" want you to think lol
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 07:04 PM   #19
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That's what "THEY" want you to think lol
Hi, I'm new and am looking at the mac mini as well. I read somewhere that it would only go up to 8 gb as well.

How are people looking into it and when will we know?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 07:20 PM   #20
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If I generally use a Mac Mini for basic tasks (surfing, streaming video, music, photos etc), will I notice a difference between 2GB and 4GB?
you may need the 4gb
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 07:56 PM   #21
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you may need the 4gb
Especially with Lion 4GB is probably the minimum.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 08:39 PM   #22
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Hi, I'm new and am looking at the mac mini as well. I read somewhere that it would only go up to 8 gb as well.

How are people looking into it and when will we know?
Well the MacBook pro officially supports 8gb of ram but 16gb can be installed not exactly cheap but one day it will be.
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Old Jul 23, 2011, 02:32 PM   #23
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Wow! Thanks for the tip. $45 to upgrade the new Mini to 8 gigs of RAM? At that price, it's crazy not to upgrade.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 04:59 PM   #24
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Actually, Crucial already has the memory upgrades for the new Minis:

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartsp...4F51E3A5CA7304
I bought these for my i7 Mac mini.

Arrived next day, works a treat. Happy.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 05:18 PM   #25
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Especially with Lion 4GB is probably the minimum.
I've read this a bit in these forums. Apple suggests 2GB min...

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