Apple make it difficult to replace the new Mac Mini ram

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jrlcopy, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. jrlcopy, Nov 30, 2018
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    jrlcopy macrumors 6502

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    But I did it!

    Took about 25 mins, and followed the iFixit guide.

    I bought the 2x 16GB Crucial Ram sticks since on another thread someone had reported that the Ballistics ram was only getting 2400 vs 2666. Only paid $220 on black friday, so this basically saved me $380 vs Apple doing it.

    Things I think would be helpful to others:

    1. All the lil plugs and cables pop off (move straight up) and pop back down (move straight down), they all felt like they wanted to move horizontally, and that is not the case.

    2. Installing the ram! 100% listen to ifixit when they say, push the ram all the way into the slot so that YOU DO NOT SEE THE GOLD CONNECTORS, even though the ram feels like it was secure, and I was able to fold the ram back down, they weren't fully in the slots. Taking them back out and then applying a little pressure when I inserted them caused them to FULLY move a few millimeters and CLICK in.

    The rest wasn't too bad, just take your time, don't rush, and lay all the screws out in order. But yeah, Apple sucks, stupid tiny wires and tiny connectors, and tiny everything.

    EDIT: Looks like MacRumors edited my title to be all weird. :/
    Semi original title, "Apple can go F itself with upgrading the ram in the Mac Mini" lol
     
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    Yeah, its not bad. I upgraded my RAM to 32GB last night on my base mini.

    Overkill? yes, but I also got a stellar deal on the RAM so why not. Resale will be phenomenal since Apple wants $600 to upgrade from 8GB to 32GB at time of sale.

    I also got $40 for the old RAM so thats nice. I had the same iFixit gear from when I installed an SSD in my 2014 mac mini years ago. Glad to see I didnt need to buy anything new. I was also happy to see it reporting the correct speed. I would have honestly been pretty irritated if it only showed 2400 mhz.
     
  4. harvester32 macrumors member

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    They're not tiny...they're thin...thin is the word! ;)
     
  5. F-Train, Nov 30, 2018
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    Do ya' figure that that might be how you make a tiny computer?

    Or were you expecting the components, say, the GPU, to be this size :)

    Screenshot 2018-12-01 at 12.14.41 AM.png
     
  6. Ploki, Dec 1, 2018
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    Cant wait to get mine and replace the ram so i can feel the same,i already know i will
     
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    Those blue Sapphire cards are so gorgeous.
     
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    I had doubts about the colour until it arrived in the mail. It's quite smart, and looks great in an Asus XG Station Pro enclosure.
     
  10. jrlcopy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Grr, just noticed that. Stupid macrumors.
     
  11. R3k macrumors 6502a

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    Better than them deleting the thread, so hey.
     
  12. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    LOL - really surprised the thread didn't get deleted. I'll likely being going this route as well with a memory upgrade.
     

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