Does RAM need to be upgraded in pairs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Macclone, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Macclone macrumors 6502

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    Been a while since I have had to do a RAM upgrade. Does the mini require paired RAM? I would like to just get an 8G stick for now and take it to 10 total.
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't need to be but your performance will be better if you use matching pairs. At the price of 8 GB ($45) or 16 GB ($80) it is very affordable and the very best upgrade for the price you can do to your machine.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    this will work

    this is less true then it appears. (but more true then not)

    if the op uses 8.5gb ram to 9.5gb a lot his idea of 2 = 8 = 10 is better then 4 + 4 = 8 .

    of course if the op use 4gb tp 7.5gb a lot 4 + 4 = 8 is better. and if the op uses more then 10 bg ram 8 + 8 is better.

    myself I have 4 + 4 and an ssd in a t-bolt which is fine.

    there is a down side to 2 + 8 if ram goes up in price and more ram is needed in the future, op may regret buying only 1 8gb stick
     
  4. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    I asked the local Apple shop to upgrade my early 2009 Mini from 1 GB of RAM to 4GB. They simply installed 4 GB alongside the original 1 GB, so now it has 1GB + 4 GB = 5 GB, and works just fine.
     

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