Resolved Mac mini 2011: 16 GB RAM ?

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  1. mayuka, Sep 2, 2012
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    mayuka macrumors 6502a

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    Hi.

    I just purchased a Mac mini 2,5 i5 on ebay. I really hope all works fine when it arrives. It comes with 4 GB of RAM pre-installed. However, I really want to upgrade RAM because Lightroom takes a lot of it.

    I'm still puzzled what kind of RAM fits into the Mini and will work best. Is this the right RAM? What's the difference between both kinds?
    - SO-DIMM 4 GB DDR3-1333 CL9
    - SO-DIMM 4 GB DDR3-1333 CL11

    Somewhere I've read that the Mac mini can support 16 GB of RAM. Is this true? Some say yes, some say no. Should I go for 16 GB?
     
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    I got 2 Corsair 8Mb Mac modules and they run great. It is only 80€ for 16Gb right now, so it is not that expensive.
    Since I have no SSD yet, I run 4Gb as RAM-disk for scratch disk in programs like Photoshop. It makes stuff a lot faster, since the built in drive is not that fast for scratch.
     
  3. mayuka, Sep 3, 2012
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  4. FrancoisC macrumors 6502

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    I can confirm it works.

    I bought the corsair ddr3 1600mhz "vengeance" kit.
     
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  6. mayuka thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.

    Does anybody know the difference between CL9 and CL11 ? I think I can simply ignore those values and buy whatever suits me best...
     
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  8. mayuka thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Then I'll go for the cheaper version. I'll wait a little and buy a SSD alongside. That should keep the Mini competitive for some years I hope. :)
     
  9. Dixi1801 macrumors member

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    Sorry to raise this thread from the dead, but would 16gb ram increase the vram to 1gb since 8gb ram knocks it up to 512mb?

    Probably just wishful thinking from me lol!

    Thanks :)
     
  10. mayuka thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 2,5 GHz model with dedicated graphics. I think the screen shots speak for themselves. :)
     

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  11. Dixi1801 macrumors member

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    It does, sorry about that, I didn't realise you had the 2.5ghz model!

    I do wonder if 16gb would give 1gb vram in the base model!

    Thanks for the reply though :)
     
  12. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, wishful thinking. 512 is the max.
     
  13. Dixi1801 macrumors member

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    Thanks for that :)

    Hoping its enough to run CS:Source, TF2 and StarCraft 2 OK!

    I've read reports it can run them well, so fingers crossed!
     

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