2gb dimms in Intel Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Kurlon, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Kurlon macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2004
    I see places have 2gb SODIMMs available with the right specs to theoretically drop into an Intel Mini... has anyone tried one or two yet?

    For example: http://www.datamem.com/viewcat.asp_Q_C_E_1287

    Taking my Mini and MBP to 4GB would be quite nice if they'd work...
  2. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I doubt it would work - the new iMacs, with the same chipset only support 3Gb, and the older mini might be capped at 2Gb. Besides, is it really worth the immense cost of a 2Gb DIMM?

  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    2 will definitely not work. One on it's own might, but it doesn't really seem worth it.
  4. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    the only reason why is because of the cost and supply. expensive and low demand. Not many people who go onto the online store would go over 1Gb of ram really for average use. Even at Apple stores, they'd take the stock machine.

    Theoretically though, it is possible.
  5. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    mini (all) and first gen (core duo) imac will only support 2gb. owc, macworld, and a few others have published stories/tests of this after the new 3gb core 2 stuff came out. firmware limit it seems. so either apple fixes this or someone else 'fixes' the firmware... either way is fine with me ;)

    edit: found my owc newsletter and will post this bit...

    "One more quick note - 3GB of memory is achieved with one 2GB and one 1GB memory module. In our testing, didn't matter which slot which module was in + more importantly - installing 2 x 2GB still only gave you a total of 3GB usable although the 4GB were reported as being there. Further note that the original Intel iMac models remain limited to 2GB as do the current MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini Intel models. We have tested and found that a single 2GB module works in those machines, but the Apple hardware firmware seems to be what limits how much memory can be used. In the past it had been nice to take advantage of larger modules as they became available, I am not sure why Apple is putting the firmware limits on these Intel models. Perhaps there might one day be a hack the nips those limits, we will see."

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