8gb ram upgrade for 2010 mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Nychot, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Nychot macrumors 6502a

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    I upgraded from 2gb to 4 gb when i bought my 2010 mac mini, the last model with the superdrive. 8 Gb is so inexpensive now should i uograde again? And what ram should i get and from where? I know 8gb kits for the 2011 macbook pro are going for arounc $35. I use my mm as a desktop mainly for word processing surfing photo editing etc. No vm etc. And i have stayed with snow leopard althi i have lion in the wings. Btw, Its a great little machine.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You need 204-pin 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMMs and you can get them from Amazon, Newegg or OWC.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178335


    THIS WORKS IN 2010 MACMINIS and you get a free movie download.


    the 2010 mac mini is tricky and picky with 8gb of ram. I have used this three on 3 or 4 2010 mac minis all upgrades were good.

    I have done over 100 mac mini ram upgrades since 2006. The 2010 mini was the most choosy mini about ram.
     
  4. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    I agree; it is a great little machine! IMO it does need a bit more ram for most users. The standard Mini, whether 2010 or 2011, really doesn't have enough ram and the slow hdd hurts it even more. My Mini gets a fair amount of use from as many as four users logged in at once and all running typical apps such as Safari, Mail, iPhoto and others, not to mention a bit of gaming thrown into the mix. Even with all that going on activity monitor reports I am usually using somewhere between 5-7 GB so I still have a little cushion but 4 GB would not be enough for me. A matched pair of ram should run slightly better than 1+4 or 2+4 but you probably would never notice the difference in real world usage. Only a geek setting up a Mini server farm would worry about that, LOL.

    I bought my ram from OWC but, as a previous post said, you can order from those other vendors as well. You would be buying at a great time as well since 2010 ram is less than half the price when I purchased mine.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    when that ddr3 ram came out in 2009 it was 250 a stick or 500 a pair now it is under 50 a pair!
     

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