Best Non-Apple Brand RAM for New Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wrxcrystal06, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. wrxcrystal06 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2010

    I recently purchased the new mac mini from Best Buy: mini&cp=1&lp=1 Unfortunately they had no option to upgrade the units RAM, so for now I am stuck with the standard 2gb.

    My question to you would be my best option out there for cheap RAM. My preference would be either a single 4gb stick or to 4gb sticks to get me to 8gb. In full I am looking to spend no more than $300 dollars, but want to have the best performance possible. Unfortunately the Apple branded RAM is a little too steep for me at this time: (8gb in particular), and I would hate to get two 2gb sticks and have to re-purchase everything again when I decide to go to 8gb in the future.

    I am a little newer to RAM and do not know what to look for. Any advice or guidance is greatly appreciate!
  2. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    Samsung is good, Kingston is good. My advice would be to go with I always just check the reviews for previous buyers that have similar mac models.
    Also, I would stick to matched pairs. It will run on unmatched pairs but performance is comprimised a bit whne you have more stuff open. As the upper section of ram will be half speed becuase it is only on one of the chips. This is true of all dual channel memory rigs since forever.
  3. billib macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    RAM, one stick at a time

    Buy RAM that is known to be compatible. Kingston is good.
    So are several others. Make sure whoever you buy it from
    has a good return policy. Also, you can upgrade you RAM
    one stick at a time.
  4. driftmr2 macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2009
    Broomfield, CO
    Saw Crucial 8GB ram well below $100 recently. I have Kingston ram and haven't had any problems.
  5. St. Germain macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2006
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    let us know if these work for you
  7. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
  8. utl768 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2009
    does putting in non apple branded ram void your warranty
  9. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    No, unless you break something while upgrading it. However, the 3rd party RAM is not covered by Apple
  10. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Which is why I took the advise of somone on this forum and kept the original Apple RAM and if I ever have to take it in for warranty I can pop the original RAM back in.
  11. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    The other advantage of keeping your original RAM is that it's great for troubleshooting problems. If the computer starts acting up, it's often a good idea to remove the 3rd party RAM and reinstall the Apple RAM. If the problem goes away, the 3rd party RAM is at fault. If the problem remains, it's not RAM related.
  12. cosmos macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Great advice

    Great advice on keeping the original RAM and you will not get anything for it by selling 1GB modules anyway. If you ship it back it will likely come up even on what you get vs. the shipping costs.
  13. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Tempted to get 8gb now it's cheaper (£124 @crucial)
  14. rb5505 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2010
    the best reviewed by far..... mini (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) DDR3 - Mid 2010&pl=Apple&cat=RAM

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