RAM upgrade for 2011 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BeatCrazy, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011

    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-Modu...=UTF8&coliid=IL1FQUIAECHXT&colid=6BES1759T2F4

    8GB would be overkill. I won't even be surfing on this machine.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    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.
  3. BeatCrazy, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    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?
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
  6. macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    Isn't 8 GB a no-brainer if you are going to upgrade? Price diff of $30 to a 4 GB kit.
  7. THF
    macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    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?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    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,
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2009
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    Well... see my comments below.

    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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  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    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.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2011
    Just a thought has anyone figured out if you could stick 16gb of ram in the new mini?
  15. macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010

    I thought I read the mini's can only go up to 8gb total.
  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Damn Amazon wont let me ship this order to Canada, guess I'm out of luck with this deal on ram.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
    OWC are looking into it...
  18. macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2011
    That's what "THEY" want you to think ;) lol
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    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?
  20. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    you may need the 4gb
  21. macrumors 68040

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Especially with Lion 4GB is probably the minimum.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2011
    Well the MacBook pro officially supports 8gb of ram but 16gb can be installed not exactly cheap but one day it will be.
  23. macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2010
    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.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
  25. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2007
    I've read this a bit in these forums. Apple suggests 2GB min...

    Anyone got more specifics to clarify this position?

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