Mac mini ram question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by xheathen, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    Hey all, Im considering buying a previous gen Mac mini (2.53ghz specifically) and i just wanted to confirm the ram situation. Normally they only support 4 gb right? But I've seen they can use 8 gb. Is that standard with the advent of snow leopard? Or it it kind of a hack?

    My idea was to just get one used and then spend $100 on 4 more gb.
  2. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    Not sure what that comes with stock but it only has two slots so you need to install 2 4GB sticks.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It has nothing to do with Snow Leopard, as even Tiger (10.4) and Leopard (10.5) can support more than 4GB RAM, I've worked with PowerMacs with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 8GB RAM before.
    It has to do with a hardware implemented limit, mostly done by Apple/Intel and the chipsets.

    The 2010 Mac mini supports 8GB RAM. Link.
    The early and late 2009 Mac mini officially supports 4GB RAM, unofficially 8GB RAM. Link early 2009 model, link late 2009 model.
  4. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
    The 2009+ Minis (Macmini3,1 is the code on them) support up to 8gb; keep in mind that you're going to need to buy two sticks of 4gb each which is ~$200.

    edit: Beaten :)
  5. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    Ok gotcha thanks guys. As just a follow up question, would you in general think going with the server edition and buying an external DVD drive would be a better buy than the standard mini?
  6. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Jul 28, 2010
    "Unofficial support" means that someone stuck 8GB in the slots and all 8GB could be seen by the unit. Do a little research on your intended model to see if it can go to 8GB or just ask They'd love to sell you some RAM.
  7. aaaaaaron macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    i am also curious if this is a good solution. would the 2010 mac mini server be a good buy as a regular computer or would it be better to upgrade the processor on the standard mini and go with that?

    and on another note, how difficult is it to upgrade the hdd in either the new mini or mini server?

  8. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    If you check out the guides on the iFixit website, you'll see it's not exactly a walk in the park... partial removal of the logic board and all that. It's harder to get to than even the previous-gen Mini. With the server version, one of the drives is a little easier to get to.
  9. aaaaaaron macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    that does seem hard, haha. would you recommend this procedure over using the mini server as a daily computer?
  10. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    If you have any qualms about installing something yourself and have an independent Apple servicer nearby, you can call them up and ask how much it would be to install a different drive. I got a quote of $50 to put an SSD in an old iMac, but I'm not sure if they'd be willing to work on a new, in-warranty Mac.

    As for using the base model over the server, it'd be best to ask someone who has a server model. I don't know how or if the server OS is different enough to make it more difficult to use as a normal computer.

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