Late 2009 Mini: Max amount of Ram?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by legaleye3000, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    What is the max amount of ram that I could put in a late 09 Mini? I see conflicting reports around the web. Thanks.
     
  2. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    Correct. Both early 2009 and late 2009 minis can use 8GB of RAM.
     
  3. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is there much of a speed difference bumping this machine from 4gb to 8gb? Thanks.
     
  4. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    Mine originally came with 1GB. I bumped it to 4GB mid-2009, then to 8GB early 2011.

    Will you notice a difference? It depends on what you do. The only time my memory usage goes above 4GB is when I'm playing games or running virtual machines. It definitely makes a difference in those circumstances.

    It'll only make a real difference if you have a lot of applications open at once. Minis typically have slowish hard-drives, so if you have more RAM, you'll use virtual memory less often. This will make a noticeable performance difference.

    More RAM is always good, and RAM isn't expensive. It's well worth future-proofing your Mac.
     
  5. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm just wondering since 8gb is considered "unofficial" if it will provides an "8gb experience"...?
     
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    That depends on your computational needs and habits and usage.
    If you have many applications and documents open at once, the more RAM the better.

    Yes, it will provide that "8GB experience" as on officially supported machines, but only if you really use that amount of RAM.

    I have 8GB and I can fill it easily, but the last couple of days I can't even fill 4GB.


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  7. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    It's only "unofficial" because, when it launched, Apple said it had a 4GB limit.

    Whether Apple call this unofficial or official, it still works perfectly with 8GB of RAM.

    The only issue with "8GB experience", as you call it, lies with Windows. If you're using Boot Camp, make sure you have a 64-bit version of Windows. 32-bit versions of Windows will only see 3.5GB of RAM. You will have no such problem with Mac OS X.
     
  8. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Is the Windows 7 Home version 64-bit ?
     
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Are they sold separately and if so what do I look for when buying ? I'm planning on buying it to install under Bootcamp in my new Mini. It would be helpful to know if I'm getting the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

    Edit: It seems like you answered my questions in the above post.
     
  10. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yes 32 plus 64 bit twin packs exist . 5 or 6 versions out there. be careful choosing the correct one.
     
  11. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I presume the 64-bit version would be better or is the 32-bit version OK for installing under Bootcamp to play PC games ?
     

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