Mac mini 1.83ghz memory

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jason-94, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Jason-94 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011

    I currently have 2GB of ram installed in my 1.83ghz intel core 2 duo mac mini, now i know if i install 4GB it will only use 3GB, but will i really see and improvement with an extra 1GB? Last question, does this mac mini run its ram duel channel? so what i am getting at is that will 2gb of ram be faster if its dual channeled instead of an odd 3GB?

    If you don't understand that i am sorry, if not tell me and i will try to explain my questions better :D

  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
  3. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    What are you doing with the Mac Mini? Of course adding ram will make a difference, and the price is prices right now are decent. They are easy to take apart and install. Did it on one of mine.

    Go with the 4 gig's.
  4. Jason-94 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    I am pretty sure that it's 2007, i am using it for general web browsing, word processing, consuming media like youtube etc. Nothing too hardware intensive

    yeah i was looking at ram prices and can't believe how much they have fallen, might chuck in an ssd while i am it :D
  5. Jason-94 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    cheers for the link, i am in the U.K though :)

    Did you see a big improvement when you went to 4GB?
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    LESS beachballing. Used about 3.1 gb of the 4gb. in truth 1gb and 2gb total of 3gb setups work almost as well as 4gb.

    I upgraded 30 or 40 2007 -2008 mac minis. If you can go to 1gb and 2gb= 3gb a lot cheaper then 2gb and 2gb = 4gb that is okay. the edge of 3gb over 2gb was big the edge of 4gb over 3gb was very small. I did find the kingston sticks I linked seem to be the fastest of any ram upgrade I did around 20 minis with them.
  7. Jason-94 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    Ahh i see,

    that's brilliant, cheers for the help on that, unsure what to do now, cause i can just buy a 2GB stick and have 3GB or do i go for a little tiny bit more of an increase?
  8. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Max it out if you can afford it. I bought the 2011 mini with 2 GBs and maxed it to 8 for about 40 USD. The difference is night and day.

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