Any drawback of using 16 GB RAM vs 8 GB?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by davidg4781, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    I have a 2011 mini, 2.5 Ghz, and I need to upgrade my RAM. Right now if I'm doing any multiple tasks I'm definitely in yellow and sometimes red memory pressure, along with a decrease in performance.

    When I upgraded my MBP to 8 GB, I remember choosing that over 16 because 16 wasn't officially supported and would use more power, along with the increase in expense.

    With the mini, I think I saw only a $30 difference of 16 over 8, which is very doable for me. Since I don't have to worry about battery life, would the 16 GB be best?

    I'm going to be doing some video editing soon and 4 GB will not cut it.
  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    As long as the machine supports it, there's no machine degradation if you install 16GB vs. 8GB. The more RAM, the better.
  3. mlovergaard macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2011
    New York City
    I agree, the more the better, and if you can add an SSD then I would do that too.
  4. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Only drawback I know of is it requires bigger hibernation space which can be a problem if you have a small SSD.
  5. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Ahh yes. I need to maybe look at SSD prices. I passed on them previously since I'd definitely need an external storage solution. But I guess I can use my internal drive since it obviously holds everything I need.

    I'll have to do some research on TRIM and all that. I read a bit about SSDs need garbage collectors to clean them up. MacSale's do this but are more expensive than standard bare SSDs. I think this is all correct.
  6. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    The "SleepImage" file is easily removed and prevented.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is no need to pay extra for OWC's drives. Just grab whatever brand drive you like and install the El Capitan the enable TRIM with the Terminal command "sudo trimforce enable" and you are done.

    OWC has people convinced their drives are better because they use Sandforce controllers with their own garbage collection. The truth is any SSD you buy has garbage collection and OS X now natively supports TRIM with that command so there is zero reason to pay more for a OWC drive.

    Right now the Samsung EVO 850 and Crucial MX200 drives are pretty good bang for the buck and can be widely found.

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