Mac Mini Ram upgrade - Two new chips or add to existing????

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by fliptastic, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. fliptastic macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Hi there. I have a 1.83 dual Core Duo Mac mini with 1 GB of existing Ram (purchased directly from Apple store about 1.5 years ago). Recently, I called a local Apple dealer about upgrading my mini from 1 GB to 2 GB RAM. They said I will need to have a new "pair" of 1 GB chips installed (2 new 1 GB chips that match eachother to total the 2 GB upgrade).

    Is that true, or can I just purchase one additional 1 GB chip to go along with the one I already have installed)???? I'd rather not have to spend the money if it won't make much of a performance difference. The guy I talked to said that I need to get two so they match exactly or the performance could suffer and the mini could run slower.

    If I do get just the one chip, how bad could the performance suffer??? Will it still be faster/smoother than the 1 GB I currently have??? Is it typical for people who upgrade the RAM to get the two chips at the time of the upgrade. I just feel like it is a waste of money and a chip that I already have. But I'll do it if the performance will be noticably better with the two new chips. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Welcome to MR

    You'll find answers to this and many other commonly asked questions under the Guides tab at the top

    Guides : Hardware: MR Guide to Buying RAM

    Guides : Hardware: MR Guide to Understanding Intel Mac RAM

    Your Mini will work fine with 1.5 GB RAM, however installing 2 GB will be faster, both from the additional RAM, and from the modest boost (6% - 8%) that you'll get from Dual Channel access. Don't get your RAM from Apple, shop around, quality third party RAM is quite affordable.

    In general, it's recommended to have a Search in the forums and.or a look at the Guides before posting a new question.
  3. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    assuming from your post that you have one, 1gb chip. If you have 2-512's, which I believe is what they shipped with, you'll have to go the double upgrade path.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    You'll find 2x512MB sticks in that Mini, so yes, you need to either buy 2x1GB sticks or settle for 1.5GB total by replacing one 512MB stick with a 1GB stick.
  5. fliptastic thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    anyway to check RAM specs

    Thanks for all the quick responses. That makes sense if i have 2 512 chips, but for some reason, i think the guy at the store said he put in a 1 gb chip when i bought the mini. this is a dumb question, but what is the easiest way to check my mac specs (where do i go on my mac to find it in osx - not by taking it apart.) Thanks again?
  6. ale500 macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    Use the System Profiler application (in utilities folder).

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