Resolved Mac Mini 2012 - Bought 1066mhz memory by mistake, return or keep?


eschw95458

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You did not say which model mini you have so I am assuming 2012 or later model

You should return it, It is definitely going to be slower. But if it were me I would max out the machine with 16gb

Look for this F3-1600C9D-16GRSL

or if you want something that is guaranteed compatible with your mini then
this FA-1600C11D-16GSQ slower than the first but is guaranteed to be compatible.
 

Mortis360

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I got the 2012 model, I can return it and just pay the shipping back to the store, is it necessary with 16GB on a pure media centre/server? I´m pushing at 3 GB now with the default 4GB inclued and thought 8GB should be enough for these tasks? Here in Norway it´s almost double the price for 16GB versus 8GB.

Would I get a decrease in speed if i get a Crucial 8GB 1600mhz and use one of the already included 2GB sticks of memory, until I can get another Crucial 8GB 1600mhz?
 
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chrfr

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Would I get a decrease in speed if i get a Crucial 8GB 1600mhz and use one of the already included 2GB sticks of memory, until I can get another Crucial 8GB 1600mhz?
You won't notice a difference in speed compared to having matched pairs of RAM.
 

Mortis360

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Then I´ll go with the 1x8GB Crucial 1600mhz stick, and have the option to upgrade later to 16GB instead of locking it all in with 2x4GB! :)

Thank you! :)
 

scottsjack

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I bought more memory for my Mac Mini, but I accidentally ended up with 1066mhz instead of 1600mhz, will this make a big hit on performance, versus the 4GB 1600mhz that came shipped with it originally? Should I return it and get 1600mhz right away?

Corsair Mac Memory — 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SODIMM Memory Kit (CMSA8GX3M2A1066C7)
Hey, I did almost the same thing. When I ordered my 2012 2.3 i7 from B&H I accidentally selected 16GB of Crucial 1333 RAM instead of 1600. I lived with the measly 4GB RAM while waiting for the 16GB 1600 MHz. My hopes for creating a mini with an SSD and maximum RAM the first evening after I received it were dashed.

I was so PO'd at myself that I ordered the correct RAM with overnight shipping then sent the mistake RAM back for credit a few days later.
 

Mortis360

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Hey, I did almost the same thing. When I ordered my 2012 2.3 i7 from B&H I accidentally selected 16GB of Crucial 1333 RAM instead of 1600. I lived with the measly 4GB RAM while waiting for the 16GB 1600 MHz. My hopes for creating a mini with an SSD and maximum RAM the first evening after I received it were dashed.

I was so PO'd at myself that I ordered the correct RAM with overnight shipping then sent the mistake RAM back for credit a few days later.
It´s easy to do those mistakes, specially on the evening as I did! Just gonna return it, already have ordered one 8GB, and I´ll get another one later this year, dosen´t hurt to max it out, but I need to afford it too! :)