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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:53 AM   #1
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16 gb ram for 2012 mini

been trying to figure out which ram to buy; i think the two main requirements are ddr3 and 1600mhz.

i know this product from amazon meets the requirements

http://www.amazon.com/DDR3-1600-PC3-...b+ddr3+1600mhz

but i was wondering if anyone thinks i'm paying too much; that is, i could get ram that has the same specs but with free shipping.

thanks.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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a bit too much..you can find it for 70-80 usd
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 06:11 AM   #3
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I've always found Crucial (www.crucial.com; and no, I don't work for them) RAM to be reasonably priced...a lot of the times they supply the same RAM that Apple does and for way less.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 06:52 AM   #4
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in case anyone else is reading this thread, this is the ram that's suggested for this mini:

DDR3 Upgrade for the Apple Mac Mini 2.3GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 - Late 2012 Desktop/PC

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartsp...53A0C6A5CA7304

thanks very much for the recommendation; think i'll go and order it now.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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The RAM i ordered is 1.5 V. Does that matter?
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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The RAM i ordered is 1.5 V. Does that matter?
In a nutshell... No. Just one thread among many

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1481796
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:06 PM   #7
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Just installed the Crucial Memory above in my new Mini and it works great
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:35 PM   #8
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I'm in a bit of a rush so this post won't be as detailed as I'd like it to be but

1. Do a simple google search: coupon crucial.com or something like that. I found a site (can't remember the name right now) that had a link to crucial's website and I got a few bucks off the ram; I think maybe $5.

2. Crucial is shipping the ram for free and there's no sale tax (where I live) so buying it from crucial's website was a really good choice.

3. Whatever ram you use, test it using the Apple Hardware Test http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1509

So thanks again to Yebubbleman for some solid advice!

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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Crucial is ripping off Apple boys who don't know better, get this part instead, it's $5 cheaper, same specs...

http://www.crucial.com/search/search...02464BF160B%20
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:04 PM   #10
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Good deal at Newegg 16GB for $65.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226323
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:07 PM   #11
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Post Have a look in these....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rder=BESTMATCH

2 are out of stock, but worth noting for the price
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:18 PM   #12
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Crucial is ripping off Apple boys who don't know better, get this part instead, it's $5 cheaper, same specs...

http://www.crucial.com/search/search...02464BF160B%20
Isn't that the truth! I have 32GB I received from Crucial today waiting to go in both machines. $142 instead of $164 with the same specs.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:13 PM   #13
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How about this

Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Notebook Memory (KVR16S11/8)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089JIDUI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
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How about this

Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Notebook Memory (KVR16S11/8)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089JIDUI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
That'll work perfectly. I've used ValueRAM before and it's good quality stuff. BTW, one of those reviews is mine. I have it running in another machine.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 07:19 PM   #15
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Isn't that the truth! I have 32GB I received from Crucial today waiting to go in both machines. $142 instead of $164 with the same specs.
Maybe they are binned differently?
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Maybe they are binned differently?
Depending how you look at it, Crucial knows that most Mac owners will pay more for memory guaranteed to work with a Mac. Mac people generally pay more for hardware and software because they're used to it, it's always been that way.
PC3-12800 1600HZ memory is all the same with the exception of latency and voltage.
Tech savvy people generally know the difference, the average consumer doesn't.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:26 PM   #17
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I asked crucial with the difference was between the two...they really couldn't give me a straight answer. See attached images.

What I took away from our conversation is that they are the same thing...but they want you to buy the "mac" version because it is "guaranteed".
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I asked crucial with the difference was between the two...they really couldn't give me a straight answer. See attached images.
It'll work, take my word for it. I've 32GB sitting in front of me that I'm installing tonight. I've installed Crucial "non-apple" specific RAM in dozens of machines with never a hitch.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...7&postcount=12
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It'll work, take my word for it. I've 32GB sitting in front of me that I'm installing tonight. I've installed Crucial "non-apple" specific RAM in dozens of machines with never a hitch.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...7&postcount=12
Totally agree...I know it'll work. It was just interesting to see how their support team couldn't really provide a valid difference when presented with both RAM options.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:07 AM   #20
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in case it's gone unnoticed, we're talking only a few dollars difference. the ram from the amazon site, for example? that's just for 8 gigs; multiply that by two and it's around $72. using the coupon i mentioned in an earlier post, i paid $78. the ram kdoug refers to costs $76.

i think we can all agree that we're all getting a bargain compared to what we would pay if we paid Apple! aren't they charging $300?!?!?!
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