Interchangeable RAM?

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

  1. JMacPro macrumors member

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    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.

    thanks
    JMacPro
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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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