can i use this RAM to upgrade a new mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kjay80, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. kjay80 macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011

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  2. kjay80 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    one more question about the base model mac mini($599),
    according to crucial, it says a maximum of 2GB per slot, which is a total 4GB only!!!
    is this true?
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    no I am running 8gb in my 2011 2.3GHz mini along with a 256gb ssd
  4. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Someone here reported yesterday that this exact RAM would not boot his 2.3 mini.
  5. thedenethor macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    If you have problems with aftermarket RAM upgrades you may try following articles:

    Reset PRAM and NVRAM


    Reset PMU

    Above articles worked for me on mid 2010 macmini with Kingston 4x2 DDR3-1033
  6. kjay80 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011
  7. Snips macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
    I think the onus is on someone to prove it won't ;)
  8. indiekiduk, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    indiekiduk macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    The guy on the SSD thread confirmed it works. One guy got a bad stick.
  9. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    That would indicate bad RAM. The memory specs are correct.
  10. aeaglex07 macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2007
    United States
    Just want to chime in and report that this I installed this RAM in my new mini and it works. So far no problems.
  11. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    works fine in my i7 mini server. getting them out of the packaging without breaking them was tough though. passed all Rember tests after installing.
  12. jaykk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
  13. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Jul 28, 2010
    Amazon price difference on those 2 is down to $5. I've never had a problem with Crucial. I think RAM is pretty reliable in general.
  14. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    When you bump up the RAM in the base mini, the HD3000 shared memory goes from 288MB to 512MB. I think that can only be a good thing!
  15. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    It can also bump the GPU performance of the 3000 above the ATI GPU in applications where amount of VRAM is key - see Barefeats testing...
  16. BeatCrazy, Jul 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011

    BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Interesting. What real-world applications rely on lots of VRAM?

    I'm not a gamer (at all!).

    EDIT: Oh I see VRAM is the same as RAM designation for video cards. And I understand you'll need more VRAM for higher pixel-count displays. I guess this would help in a Thunderbolt display with 2560-by-1440 res.
  17. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    Motion is probably the best example, although that hardly means this is a recommended machine for that - it just shows that the $200 premium for a discrete GPU may lean more towards profitability than any kind of real-word performance gains across the board. gaming would be the exception, but then again this isn't exactly the recommended machine for that either.
  18. Evostar* macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009
    installed some kingston 1600 in mine. not sure if it does it any justice. but it seems to be recognised.
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  19. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Interesting that the mini lets your RAM run at 1600. I would have thought it would have clocked down to 1333Mhz, even though it's rated higher.
  20. A.C macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2009
    I purchased the exact RAM for my new 2011 mini. It worked initially however quickly started causing random kernel panics and eventually a total system shut down - which would not reboot - only repeat strings of 3 beeps.

    I got the stock RAM back in and everything's fine. I'm gonna give Corsair one more chance & try a replacement. If that bugs up too, I'm gonna try a different OEM.

    Just my experience/$.02
  21. NayPaps macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
  22. biscuit141 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    How long did it work for before it started giving you issues?

    I just put it into my mini and so far so good. Recognized 8gb right away.

    It was enticing because it was $54.99 with free shipping from Amazon and also there is a $10 mail in rebate on this RAM. Hope I didn't make a mistake.

    I always thought of Corsair as a good name brand RAM, why is it giving people issues?
  23. Fastcast, Jul 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011

    Fastcast macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    Bought the 8gb kit G-Skill from New Egg for our 2011 - 2.3......Installed today and tested with Rember. All tests passed and so far so good!

    According to iStat the exhaust fan did hit 5400rpm and the CPU was at 67c when I heard the fan roaring, during the Rember tests. Mini sounded like it was about to hover off the desk. lol

    BTW....Vram on the HD3000 did bump up to 512mb with the ram upgrade as BeatCrazy mentioned.

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