Mac Mini 10gb ram?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Uplift, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Uplift macrumors 6502

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    Does memory in a mac work better in dual channel mode similar to a windows setup?

    I'm upgrading my mac mini from 4gb to 8gb.. crucial offer single 8gb stick or 2x4gb sticks.

    Would it be a bad idea to get the 8gb stick and leave 2gb in there totalling 10gb? or would i get better performance from 2x4gb?
     
  2. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Should be fine

    I have the original 1 GB and an added 4 GB alongside for a total of 5 GB in my early 2009 Mini. It works just fine. I know others with odd RAM pairings in various Macs, with no problems.
     
  3. Schnort macrumors regular

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    If you're not ram limited, 2x4GB is slightly faster than 8GB+2GB. It's an architectural thing that has nothing to do with the OS.

    If you're ram limited, having more ram is better if you can avoid paging.
     
  4. BigRed1 macrumors 6502

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    Do the 1x8. It may be a tad slower at some stuff, but then to go up to 16 if you want to in the future you will save yourself money and make it easier to do.
     
  5. Fanner50 macrumors newbie

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    I did the 8gb stick and left the 2gb stick in the other slot. It works fine, no problems at all.
     
  6. blanka macrumors 68000

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    If you do 2+8, 2+2 of that runs in dual channel mode, the other 6 in single channel. But you do have 2GB extra, so less page outs. In a speed measuring program only running on a little RAM 2x4 will probably win (if it fits in the 2+2 of the 10 GB setup you won't even notice), in RL 2+8 will definitely win.
     
  7. Uplift thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the suggestions i will go with the 8GB stick and leave the 2 in there :)
     
  8. dano0726 macrumors newbie

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    Ditto on the replacing with a new 8gb slot to get to 10gb
     

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