What RAM do you recommend for 2012 Mini's?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mcsolas, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    I am planning to buy 16gb for a 2012 Mini with a 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Processor. What type of RAM would you recommend?
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Some great sources for RAM for your Mac are OWC, Crucial and newegg.com.
  3. mcsolas, Jan 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013

    thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
  4. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    Crucial, Kingston, and G.SKILL have never let me down.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
  7. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
  8. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    I'd typically say crucial. Test it prior to real use regardless of where you purchase it. I emphasize that to everyone.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    Honestly, I say go to Newegg and get the cheapest one. Even the "no-names" likely source their NAND from the same manufacturers like Hynix, Samsung, etc.

    These days, there's no need to buy special "for Mac" RAM anymore, as they use basically off the shelf Intel chipsets and aren't picky like the PowerPC days. As long as the specs are right, they should work just fine. OWC provides great service and some good products, but many of their products are overpriced.
  10. airmac, Jan 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2003
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    Its good to know there are a lot of options. I'm looking forward to putting my system together, with luck I think it will ship Monday.

    Once the ram is installed, what apps do you use to test it?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
    Just an FYI,

    G Skill #F3-1600C11D-16GSQ is not compatible in Late 2012 Mac Mini.

    Purchased from Newegg after reading some feedback that it worked I ordered some.

    Worked well for an hour or so and noticeable speed increase then first lock up.

    Swapped them around and re seated and kept locking up.

    Ran the Mac Hardware Test and locked up almost immediately during memory test.
  13. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    memtest 86+ is the gold standard you have to burn a cd/dvd or make a usb on their website.

    the next best is rember here is the link

  14. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    Mine has ran almost a day and hasn't locked up. I'd say you got a bad chip.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
    I thought of getting replacement and trying again, however Newegg.ca is already going to cost $25.00 to ship back, if it happens again it'll be another $25 to send back again.

    I'm going to try another brand entirely and spin the wheel one more time.

    I did email G Skill support and received reply back in 12 hours saying:

    "The memory kit you have purchased is not designed for Mac products. Please
    contact your retailer to see if you can exchange for a "FA-1600C11D-16GSQ",
    which is a memory kit designed for Mac products.

    Please feel free to contact us again if you have any further questions.
    Thank you for choosing G.Skill.

    Best Regards

    Tech Support Team, F.A.E."

    Which is the ram I should have ordered in the first place.

    I didn't because 2012 Mac Mini wasn't listed and G Skill's website RAM Configurator doesn't work. With no reviews on Newegg I went with the one others were saying worked.

    Kind of a shot in the dark, but this is my first mac, I've built probably a dozen PC's over the years and NEVER had DOA RAM so I'm a little leery.

    If my replacement works I'll post results here.
  16. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
  17. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    My mistake didn't catch the first 2 letters, FS versus FA. I had a choice between Crucial and Gskill the only reason I went with the gskill was due to the fact no taxes with newegg. Didn't care for newegg's shipping so might be the last order.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013

    Recwived Corsair Vengeance http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076W9Q5A/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    Been running for about 6 hours with no issues.

    I won't bother to update again unless problems arise.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    I am looking to upgrade my RAM in my newly bought Mac Mini 2012. I have always bought from OWC but Seeing how i can save over $20 by going with Crucial I think I will take a gamble. Does anyone recommend going this route?
  20. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    I would. I like OWC, but prefer Crucial RAM over just about any other brand. The fact that its cheaper only sweetens the deal.


    Glad the Corsair Vengeance is working for you. There is no reason the G.SKILL RAM shouldn't have worked for you, besides a bad chip. I'm actually running the faster CL10 version of that RAM that I picked up for $59 before the price jump. Works flawlessly.
  21. macrumors demi-goddess


    May 15, 2008
    Ive always used crucial and have not had issue. also the memtest suggested is good practice.

    i suggest always keeping the original memory. i like to leep it in the crucial box

    its tempting to make a few shekels, but just in case i have orig nearby. also good should you need to send to apple.
  22. macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
  23. macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    No need to worry about Crucial. They make great RAM that I have never had issues with. Definitely save the $20 over the OWC.
  24. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    I tried setting it up the mini with the OWC 16 gb ram last night and ran rember twice. The test threw this error:
    What does this "block sequential" failure mean? I am going to look at potentially running some more tests before passing judgement.. but its not looking good. The test failed in the same place twice.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    No problems with the Corsair here either. I've been running the 16GB upgrade on my 2012 Mac Mini 24/7 for a couple of days now without issue. Wasn't as good of a deal as some of you got, but the price was decent and Amazon delivered quickly.

    PS - I am amazed at how much better the Mac runs with 16GB of memory! I don't have an SSD, but everything loads quickly and there is of course no swapping to and from the hard disk. I have Windows 7 installed via Virtualbox and it was making my Mini very sluggish before the RAM upgrade. But now I have dedicated 2GB just for the virtual machine and both the Mac and Windows 7 can run simultaneously without slowing down my Mac at all. Just an anecdote for those interested...

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