lowest price ever for 8gb ram stick

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  1. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    That is a rediculous price for 8gb sticks. Too bad I don't do quite as much work in vm's as I used to. I could have used this about 6 months ago! Now my wife has my MBP and I doubt she'll ever use more than 8 and I can't justify putting 16gb into a dual core Mac mini now if I had the server model...
     
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    Terrific deal - thanks for sharing. I've never heard of that brand though - anyone have any thoughts on it?
     
  4. Ayemerica macrumors demi-god

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    looks good, good reviews on newegg, i wonder if i could put two of these in the mac mini 2011 model.
     
  5. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have used geil in mac minis 2007 model 1.83 and 2.0 it was okay.
     
  6. 5wallace macrumors newbie

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    I bought one for my brand new mac mini. Sure beats Apples 200 price tag for upgrading from 4gb to 8gb. Oh, by the way, the mac mini is limited to 8gb of ram according to apple's website so buying 2 of these won't work.
     
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    False.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_Mac_mini/DDR3_1333

    All 2011 Macs* can use (at a minimum) 16GB worth of RAM (and 32GB for iMacs).

    * ignoring Macbook Air's which have memory soldered to the motherboard.

    Apple notoriously under reports the amount of memory their computers can use.
     
  8. parestailor macrumors regular

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    third party manufactures have managed to get 8GB of RAM on one DIMM, OWC have managed to get 16GB to work on a Mac Mini fine.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_Mac_mini/DDR3_1333
     
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    statement is one of ignorance . or as some would say you are drinking the koolaid. 2011 Mac minis will run 16gb ram and they can also run up to 1866ghz ram. the machine I am typing on has 1600ghz ram. look at the thumbnail. to see 1600ghz ram. this has worked for months in a server mini and for weeks in the current base mini.


    later today I will post my server and its 16gb of ram. has worked for months if I were you I would buy the second stick. AS promised my screen shot of the 16gb ram in a server. if you look closely you can see a mistake that i made the drive is a 512gb samsung not a 521 samsung
     

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    5Wallace was just repeating whats on the Apple site, and didn't know the true facts by doing a bit of research, so I will give him some slack. ;) :D
     
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    which was why I was quick to point out I can't spell a 512gb ssd!

    even though I am 'smart' enough to know it will fit 16gb ram.

    in fact I am sure i am ignorant about how to rename that osx drive correctly without killing all the data and starting from the beginning! Maybe some one can point out an easy way to rename the drive. A free app perhaps that does not kill the data. BTW the ram just came to day I will test it later on tonight.

    real fast the beginning of the rember test. I will get back with final results later today. so far it sees it and it locks it to start the test. I expected as much. you know this would be really nice for an 2011 iMac 32gb for 220 not bad!
     

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1295428

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1295428
     
  13. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    I'm also running 16gb of ram in a 2011 mini server. No problems. I'm using Corsair DDR3 1333MHz ram from Newegg, which was also tested as Mac compatible in the Mac Developer Program. It works fine. Actually, better than fine, this thing flies now, even with Lion, Parallels running Windows 7, iTunes, and many other apps open at once. 4gb was pretty weak when using Parallels. 8gb even would run very low on available memory when Parallels was running after a few hours. 16gb has solved all of my issues. Lion is a memory hog, at least in my experience. That said, I love Lion and wouldn't want to go back to SL.
     
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    Sold out. If only they had desktop DIMMS with ECC for that price...
     
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    Shoot...all sold out. Wish I'd have caught that when they had them in stock. :(
     
  16. 5wallace macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so I was wrong and you all kicked my a$$ for it. In my defense, I was just quickly repeating what was on Apple's website.

    Now that I know you can go over the 8gb mark my question is whether I will be able to mix and match my new 8gb stick with one of the included 2gb sticks that come with the Mini that I am still waiting for?

    Is there any downside to installing the 8gb stick with one of the 2gb sticks? Is this even possible?

    Thanks.
     
  17. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Downside: Yes (but see below)

    Possible: Yes

    Normally I would not recommend mixing and matching because you lose the dual channel memory. Dual Channel memory gives a greater memory bandwidth to your processor which increases the efficiency of the processor (i.e. more data flows to the processor). This usually results in about a 10% gain in overall speed, but since you are only using 1 8GB stick, then at this point you aren't running Dual Channel memory, so mixing in a 2GB stick with the 8GB isn't going to hurt performance (you already took that hit).
     
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    I know this is a weird question, but do you mind telling me what size monitor your system is on? Thank you.
     
  19. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    the screen shots of the 16gb mac mini are from a sony 46 inch tv. the screen shots of the 8gb 1600mhz ram are from a 23 inch princeton screen. both are 1920 by 1080
     
  20. Redwyvern macrumors newbie

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    Nice price at Bestbuy.com

    I found these this morning: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Mac+Memory+2-Pack+8GB+1.3GHz+DDR3+SoDIMM+Memory+Kit/4852602.p?skuId=4852602&productCategoryId=abcat0506002&id=1218551140029

    For only $129, it sounds like a good deal. Especially since I hate waiting for shipping! I'm picking up my base model mini this evening after work, also from BB since they have it priced at $569. That, and the memory upgrade will have to hold me until next week when I'll get the wireless keyboard, and magic trackpad. This is going to be a lonnnng day!
     
  21. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Just picked up a mini the other day. Went with 8gb of ram. Will be enough for now, but if I'd research and seen prices had dropped I'd have jumped on this.
     
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  25. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    the corsair work I had a few. so far every 8gb stick i have tested has worked.
    samsung
    elpida
    corsair
    geil



    to be frank 2011 minis and any ram work more often then any other mini and any ram.

    2011 are the most easy going minis

    2010 were toughest.


    I mean if you purchased the correct ram (but any make) 2011 passed rember ram test more then any mini. and 2010 failed more then any mini. this is based on hundreds of rember tests
     

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