2010 Mac Mini ram question for 8gb

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by California, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. California macrumors 68040

    California

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    I know the 2010 Mac Mini is VERY VERY picky on ram if you want to push it to 16gb. You pretty much can only get the Muskin "A" ram that is Mac mini/macbook pro 2010 specific....

    BUT...

    how about eight gigs of ram? Is the 2010 Mac Mini more tolerant of down clocking from faster ram?

    I know I can get it to 10 gigs if I have an OEM stick of PC 8500 ram at 2 gigs with an 8 gig stick of 10600 ram.

    But can I put a matching pair of 10600 or higher DDR3 ram if I only want to go to eight gigs?

    Does anyone know?
     
  2. Macinto$h macrumors newbie

    Macinto$h

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    I have two Crucial 4GB DDR3 1067 MHz chips in my 2010 and it works great.
     
  3. California thread starter macrumors 68040

    California

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    Yes, I know DDR3 1066/1067 ram (which is PC3 8500 ram) works fine. My question is:

    does faster ram downclock if you are only using 8 gigs instead of 16 gigs?
     
  4. California thread starter macrumors 68040

    California

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    Faster ram downclocks on the 2010 Mac Mini if you limit it to 8 gigs.

    DDR3 1600 ram (2x4gb sticks) at 8gbs running faster in my 2010 than the 2gb at 1067 plus 8gb of 1600 ram for a total of 10gbs I had in it previously probably because of the gain you get with dual channel matched pairs of ram.

    Love answering my own questions!
     

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