Late 2012 i5 2.5 Memory Compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by thesheleys, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. thesheleys macrumors member

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  2. tominabox1 macrumors regular

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    Doesnt your computer *come* with 4 GB of RAM?
     
  3. thesheleys thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep. This is an 8GB kit. It is 2x4GB.
     
  4. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    It should work, but that memory will only operate at PC3-10600 (1333MHz) in the Mini whereas stock RAM is PC3-12800 (1600MHz). Probably not a huge difference, but just thought you should be aware.
     
  5. SoCalReviews, Dec 3, 2013
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    SoCalReviews macrumors 6502

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    That is correct. That RAM is not within the Apple specifications for the late 2012 model Mac Minis. Even if it seems to work I would not recommend using that RAM. You want to use PC3-12800 RAM running at 1600Mhz. I prefer buying matched pair kits of Crucial or Kingston brands despite the extra cost. Shop around for the best prices online if you want but for reference here are the listings from Crucial direct...

    http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Mac mini (Late 2012)&Cat=RAM
     
  6. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're wanting to buy from BestBuy, I suggest these two kits:

    PNY 8GB

    Corsair Vengence 16GB

    I have the Corsair kit and it works great.
     
  7. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    ditto, i have heard many good things about the corsair kit...
     
  8. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

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    I believe that it MIGHT work, but these are the requirements from Apple about what any RAM that you put into your MM should meet:

    • PC3-12800 DDR3
    • Unbuffered
    • Non-parity
    • 204-pin module
    • 1600 MHz
    Source: Apple Support

    So it would be my recommendation to pay a little more and get this. Or perhaps, someone posted a better price than $79.99.
     
  9. thesheleys thread starter macrumors member

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  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    That's simply what Apple puts in the 2012 Mac Mini's. Ivy Bridge processors can use 1333mhz RAM just fine and since the memory controller is now built into the processor (unlike the C2D and before) as long as the memory meets Intel's specs, there should be little chance of having a problem.....

    http://ark.intel.com/products/67355/
     

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