Does RAM need to be upgraded in pairs?

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

  1. Macclone macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2012
    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


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    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


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    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

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    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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