How many DIMMs in stock Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by legacyb4, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. legacyb4 macrumors 6502

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    Looking at getting a refurb 1GB early 2009 Mac mini.

    I'm assuming it's like the MacBooks that ship with 2 x 512MB rather than 1 x 1GB DIMMs; is this the case?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    Yes, 2 slots, doesn't mean it comes with 2x512 though. My girlfriends 2009 mini came with 1x1gb (which was lame, single channel memory mode).
     
  4. legacyb4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Think I might opt for the 2GB RAM/320GBHD model instead to save myself the hassle of stripping apart the mini.

    Of course, then that's starting to edge in on the current 2.26Ghz model at 2GB RAM/160GB HD... (sigh)

    I'm putting together an HTPC replacement for an older PC-based unit I had built a few years back so I guess the total Ghz in the unit isn't really that big of an issue; I'd probably get better bang for buck spending the $100 on a 1 TB hard drive instead.
     
  5. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    The new minis are not hard to open up at all. I'd just get the base model and upgrade the hard drive. If the refurb only has 1GB of memory, I'd bump that up too while the system is open. While it may be possible to get one with a single 1GB memory module, especially in a refurb, it will likely have 2 matching memory modules. Mine came with 2x 512MB which I replaced with 2x 2GB.

    My old 2006 mini worked fine as an HTPC until I gave it to my mom. It ran Plex and Mythfrontend and played everything I threw at it. I didn't have any 1080p content to test, though.
     
  6. legacyb4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Crikey, that'll teach me to fall asleep at the wheel.

    In the course of writing this thread, the 2 minis I had my eye on are gone.

    Back to square one...
     
  7. savoirfaire macrumors 6502

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    Keep watching, they pop in and out very quickly. FWIW, I got a refurb 2.0 ghz 2009 Mac Mini and it came with a single 1gb SODIMM, so I'm not sure if there is any way to predict what you will end up with!
     
  8. legacyb4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip.

    I did read afterwards from http://lowendmac.com/musings/09mm/2009-mac-mini-value.html that

    It really sounds like this year's models are starting to be worthy for consideration (dual monitor support, FW 800, etc.)

     

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