Mac Mini: 8gb ram possible now?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ashok77, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. ashok77 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    Tried searching but didn't seem to find what I was looking for.

    Given the new 2.26 Macbook Pro 13" can support up to 8gb of ram is it possible to put 8gb in the 2.26 Mac Mini? It sounds like when the 2009 Mini was released this wasn't the case but do you think it would be possible down the road? My understanding is the Mini has all the same components of the Macbooks so is it just a bios/firmware limitation that's stopping us from putting 8gb in the Mini?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    The current Mac Mini cannot fully utilize 8GB of RAM. Just because the Macbook Pro 2.26 and Mac Mini 2.26 have the same processor, it doesn't mean the Mac Mini can have 8GB of RAM. The motherboard in the Mac Mini has a limitation of 4GB of RAM. And yes, the Mac Mini is basically a fat Macbook Pro without the screen, keyboard, etc.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The 9400m's memory controller in the Mini can address 8 gb of RAM. Apple, in their continuing wisdom :rolleyes:, has decided we only need 4 gb.
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    O ya, I misunderstood, but yes that is true.
     
  5. ashok77 thread starter macrumors member

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    so do you either of you think that apple might allow for 8gb in the future or will they keep the mini somewhat handicapped so as to not interfere/canabalize their other product lines?
     
  6. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Maybe in the future when iMacs and Macbook Pros can have 16GB and Mac Pros have 64GB. Then the Mac Mini will have the ability to have 8GB of RAM.
     
  7. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    In all honesty, if you are truly needing 8GB RAM, a Mini isn't powerful enough for your applications.
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Not if you're using Photoshop.
     
  9. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    8GB with 2x4GB DDR3 SODIMM is expensive right now anyways. I wouldn't buy the cheapest mac to spend the same cost just to upgrade the ram.
     

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