Mac Mini 2018 - what RAM to buy?

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  1. felixthefire, Nov 2, 2018
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    felixthefire macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered the new Mac mini and went for the standard 8GB version. I plan to buy 32GB 2666 MHZ DDR4 RAM and then got asked what PIN count I wanted, with 240 and 260 being options.

    Any thoughts as to which it should be?

    Your thoughts on brand would be very helpful too!


    UPDATE: 10/11/18
    I have received my Mac Mini and installed the memory and the upgrade was really worth it.

    It's not as simple as the previous Mac Mini, but it didn't take longer than 15mins to do.

    I ordered 2 x 16GB Corsair sticks and these worked a charm.

    The screwdrivers needed are:
    TR6 hexagonal - note this is the security one with a hole in the centre. Used for most screws.
    T5 hexagonal - used for the ram cage
    T10 Hexagonal - used to remove the motherboard

    It sounds more complex than it actually is.

    Hope this was helpful.
     
  2. dombera macrumors member

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    I have ordered this kit from Amazon. I already have it so now just waiting for my mini to turn up kn 7th Nov :)
    You can also get 32GB kit too.

    This is the same spec as the RAM in new mini (DDR4, 2666 MT/s).

    I have always had great experience with Crucial Ram. My previous mini (late 2012 server) has been upgraded with Crucial Ram the first day I got it and it's been running 24/7 since.
     
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  4. felixthefire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was looking at getting Crucial RAM also, but the Vengence model, this has options for the PIN count on the sticks and that is what stumped me. Do you know the PIN count to order?
     
  5. dombera macrumors member

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    DDR4 SO-DIMMs modules have 260-Pins. You can read up more here (under 'Module packaging').
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    Yep, it will be fine.
     
  6. felixthefire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok cool. Thanks a lot!
    I don’t buy memory every day and didn’t want to get this wrong.
     
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    Perhaps I'm overly cautious, but IF I was ordering a new Mini (and they're not even out until next week), and IF I wanted to order "more RAM", I'd buy the 8gb "minimum" and live with it for a month or two, until enough reports have come in as to what works and what doesn't.

    There are bound to be some problems, and I'd rather that others find them!

    I can live with 8gb for the time being.
     
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  11. cornerexit macrumors 6502

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    All that tells me and anyone sane, or anyone not doing full studio (video and/or audio), is to go with 32gb for now. You probably won't come even near needing that. The price will drop on it. computer parts, man in the beginning, $$$$$$$, wait and be patient they always get cheap. Early adopters always pay for it, literally. Hell you might just go 16gb for now until prices drop. me I'd do 32gb and be done with it for years. I'm running 16gb in my MM quad core and it's never slowed down on me.
     
  12. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    $329 for 32GB vs $600 from Apple?

    Of course Apple is actually selling you 24GB for $600 while OWC is giving you 32GB.

    Tim Cook and his crime crew are high functioning psychopaths who should be in the SHU at Pelican Bay.
     
  13. hsadler macrumors newbie

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    Yes.... $329 for the 32GB minus what you can sell the 8GB for that you will replace.
     
  14. xylitol macrumors 6502

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    I'd keep the original RAM modules for mini's warranty period.
     
  15. jrlcopy macrumors 6502

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    Eh OWC is overpriced + hold out for black friday deals as well. That's what I'm doing anyway, I only ordered with 8GB, and will wait for more benchmarks, etc.. and a deal. I'm wanting 32GB for closer to the $200 mark.
     
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    32 GB seems like the sweet spot at the moment - should be a net of about $200-210 if you buy for about $270 and get $60-70 from selling the 8GB.
     

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