Is 4GB RAM Worth it?

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  1. Enigmafan420 macrumors 6502a

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    I have last fall's black Macbook (2.2 GHZ) with 2 GB Ram.

    I am wondering if it is worth putting 4 GB into it and adding the 2GB to my 1GB Mac Mini?

    What performance benefits for the MacBook? What about a 2GB MinI?
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Check out Activity Monitor->System Memory-> Check if your Page Outs comes close to or exceeds your Page Ins. If so, more RAM would be good.
     
  3. ValinS macrumors newbie

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    Umm........ Really depends what your doing, download iStat and just see how much memory you actually use in your daily computing. If your nearing full usage go for the 4GB I think it's like $55 on newegg.

    Also upgrading your mini's RAM will void the warranty and can be quite tricky just don't go cracking the case open just yet.
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I believe the mini uses full-size desktop DIMMs, not notebook-sized SO-DIMMs, so I don't think you could put your MacBook's RAM in it anyway.
     
  5. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Incorrect. The Mini uses SO-DIMMs - basically the same spec as a Macbook
     
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Ah, interesting. That's a change from the G4 minis then, which I guess is the last time I saw a mini's innards. Shows you how much I've paid attention to it I guess. :eek:
     
  7. BlackThunder macrumors member

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    He came off kinda harsh too... like Dwight from Dunder-Mifflin. I'm just sayin... lol

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    "Incorrect."
     
  8. ValinS macrumors newbie

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    Yeah Apple standardize all the memory for everything except the MacPro, DDR2 667Mhz Non-EEC 200pin SO-DIMM's.
     
  9. pazreal macrumors regular

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    If you got the money, go for it. Memory prices for macs right now are dirt cheap so get it while the gettins good.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If I have 2GB in my MBP and want to go to 4GB how hard is it to do myself?
    Can I add 2GB or do I have to replace the 2GB with 4GB?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  11. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    u have to replace the 2gb with 4gb ( 2x 2gb) since there are only two memory slots. i upgraded my memory the day after i bought my macbook.
     
  12. eXan macrumors 601

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    +1
     
  13. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    says who?
     
  14. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Check under the Guides tab at the top of the window

    Hardware: MR Guide to Understanding Intel Mac RAM
     
  15. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I always seem to forget about those guides :eek:
    I really don't think I need the RAM except when I run Fusion

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  16. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    if you can afford it then i dont see why not, it certainly wont hurt your system.
     
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  19. Enigmafan420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Mac Mini Case Opening

    I have seen several videos on this, including NewWorld Computing's (Macsales.com). It doesn't look too bad-though of course, these people have done it many times.

    Would be interested in hearing from those of you that have cracked open the mini. It does look a little tricky... I have been building PC systems for 10 years though (yeah I know-I don't do it anymore unless I HAVE to). :D
     

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