Interchangeable RAM?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by JMacPro, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. JMacPro macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    hi all,
    i have a black macbook from a loooonnngggg time ago (got it when i was in 6th grade now im sophomore) and i am looking to buy a mac mini to play Steam games on. i upgraded my macbook to 4GB RAM. i want to know if i can take the RAM from my macbook and put it into a 2010 unibody mac mini.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Your MacBook uses DDR2 (or older) while current Mac Mini uses DDR3, so no, you cannot use the RAM from your MacBook
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    No, the new Mini is DDR3 whereas your RAM is DDR2. Completely incompatible. :)
  4. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    OWC currently has a better price for 8GB. It's on their front page.
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    What's the need for 8GB? Gaming doesn't need a ton of RAM, especially for Steam stuff. I got by with 2 gigs for quite a while
  6. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    There's not a huge need unless you find yourself running lots of programs or a few with big memory needs. I've had coworkers who rarely bothered to quit a program then came to me wondering why their Mac was suddenly so slow.

    That said, if I was going to upgrade the RAM in a Mac mini right now, I'd go ahead and get 8GB. It's cheaper than ever.

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