8GB RAM for Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macmini27, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I know there are countless thread for ram in mac mini and i very well know the latest mac mini model (2012) supports 16 GB ram. So i have

    2.3 Ghz quad core i7 with 6MB L3 cache
    4GB (two 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory

    I want to upgrade to 8 GB ram, as for now i can afford this. So which RAM will be best. I first tried with crucial but they dont ship to my country so only suggest Corsair, Gskill or Kingston
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't matter who you buy it from. OWC sells memory, too.
     
  3. philipma1957, Jun 23, 2013
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    philipma1957

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    the best ram is this.

    http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1600C9S3P1K2_8G.pdf

    or this

    http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX16LS9P1K2_8.pdf


    kodeman53 happens to be wrong if he means the maker as the kingston is best. if he means the seller anyone that sells the kingston in my link will do


    if speed and reliability are how you pick it.

    by best it is the fastest and very reliable. as for price well that is a different story.

    BTW what country are you in?



    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Y4XAAK USA link


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Hy...72001490&sr=8-2&keywords=kingston+plug+n+play UK link
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the link, i am from india. The price points of Kingston and Corsair are same, by the way which model you have. How is the performance in terms of boot, opening multiple apps etc?
     
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    philipma1957

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    I have used both I prefer the kingston plug n play over all other companies for my 2011 and 2012 mac minis.

    They have fastest timings and they are very reliable.

    The difference in speed is small but real.

    If it was a car think 100KPH vs 95-96KPH . But it is very reliable . It is a rarity that the fastest piece of gear is also very reliable. Corsair is reliable but not as much as kingston. Kingston is close to 99 % and I have used 50 or 60 pairs of it 1 bad stick, corsair was about 14 of 18 sticks.. Smaller sample but over the years more people on this site have had corsair issues then kingston.
     
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    philipma1957

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    There has been more then one test that shows the fastest ram is kingston pnp ram and that for certain users it pays off.

    As for the op I have no idea if he needs the kingston, but it is the fastest on the market.

    btw I was very polite when I said you were wrong I gave you an out and basically you are not being very polite to me.
    I have not dropped a hit of lsd since the early 80's and no longer hallucinate for recreational purposes.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well kodeman53, there is nothing wrong in knowing someone's opinion, you have told about OWC, how's your experience with it and what model you are using. I am from india and i dont know how will i get OWC ram here, those international shipping charges and custom duty will make me mad

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    Do you have any links that kingston RAM is faster than others, or is it your experience of purchasing kingston, do you have mac mini or imac?
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    I have used Crucial, OWC and HP memory for various PCs, laptops, Macs, iMacs, Mac Minis, Dell, etc. No discernible difference in real world performance. Plug it in and it works.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    I use the Corsair Made For Mac and it works just fine.
     
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    Mr. Retrofire

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    No, my experience. If Kingston is overpriced in my country or not available in some months, i choose Crucial (manufactured by Micron) (like in March 2013).

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    Good to know. ;)
     
  12. macrumors 601

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    Can you put more then 16gb of ram on the 2012 mini ?
     
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    RichardC300

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    I like Corsair, because it has a boat on it. I've installed 8 GB in my MBP, and it's been working fine for 6+ months.
     
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    In theory, but as there are only 2 SODIMM slots...

    "Unfortunately the Mac Mini motherboard uses the BGA type processor package (not the rPGA socket) and only has two slots for RAM (one DIMM per channel), so you are limited to 16GB total RAM." - http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/107846/What+is+the+maximum+RAM+possible
     
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    You should have checked for the cheapest prices for the 2012 Mac Mini at RAMSeeker.
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    I Prefer OWC

    I've used both 8 GB and currently 16 GB of OWC RAM in my 2011 Mac Mini. Crucial and Kingston are both good, but I've seen incredible performance from OWC Memory.
     
  19. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for the reply

    With your help i am able to narrow down the options of different RAM available in market

    Seriously, getting a RAM from OWC and crucil is difficult because of international shipping and custom duty prices. I have one more question

    The mac mini 2012 version has already 2*2 GB DDR3 RAM, i am thinking to replace one of them with 8GB DDR3 RAM. So there will be 10 GB ram

    1. Will there be any performance issues, i mean i dont know the detailed specification of RAM which is currently installed like clock speed and latency.

    2. Any method to find out the detailed specification, windows has an application CPU-Z which gives a detailed analysis of your system, anything like this mac

    Does anyone of you have replaced one RAM stick, give me your opinion...
     
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    dmk1974

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    Did you see any actual performance boost when going from 8 GB to 16 GB? I am sure the bump from the stock 4 GB is noticeable, but curious if 16 GB is really needed or just cool to have.
     
  21. macrumors 65816

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    Speaking of ram I have a mini mid 2011. Apple hardware test says I have bad ram. I get no errors if I use only 1 stick in the bottom (either stick is fine). I have 2 4gb sticks. And I don't remember where I put the original sticks. So just to rule out the slots can I install a ram in the top slot only and leave the bottom blank. Or does the bottom always have to be filled first.
     
  22. macrumors 65816

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    I just went to best buy and got one 8gb pny 12800 ddr 3. Works great and no issues found with hardware test.

    Funny thing is the top slot is not dead because it works with the other chips either is fine. No issues found. So its just 1 at a time. Not together but 1 at a time. But at least the 1 8gb works. Good enough for now. And if I need more than I can get another 8gb for slot 2. But 1 is good enough for now. *gb is good for now.
     
  23. macrumors 68000

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    You can probably leave the 2Gb in the other slot for 10 total.
     
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    This.
     

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