Can I install uneven pairs of RAM in early 2009 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by noah82, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. noah82 macrumors 6502a

    noah82

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    I just bought the base model Mac Mini yesterday, and I am going to tear it open today to put in a bigger hard drive and more RAM.

    My question is...since I don't need the entire 4GB of RAM, I am happy with 3GB. The system has one 1GB chip in there already, so can I simply just pop in a second 2GB chip for a total of 3GB? I wasn't sure if they had to be installed in pairs or not.

    Is there any downside besides obviously the memory not being under Apple's warranty?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The loss of dual channel is acceptable since you're gaining more usable RAM in the system. 3 GB is fine.
     
  3. noah82 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    No problem. It's nice that Apple only filled one slot out of both this time in the Mac mini.
     

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