Poll: Have you ever upgraded the RAM in your Mini, after purchase?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ActionableMango, Jan 28, 2016.


Have you ever upgraded the RAM in your Mini, after purchase?

  1. Yep, I upgraded the RAM on a Mini (yourself or had it done)

    105 vote(s)
  2. Nope, I'm running bone stock RAM on my Mini just as it was delivered by Apple

    8 vote(s)
  1. ActionableMango, Jan 28, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2016

    ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I'm just curious what percentage of people do this and what percentage don't.

    If you've only had a 2014 model (soldered RAM), and you would have upgraded RAM post-purchase if you could have, vote whichever way makes sense for you.

    Personally, I've upgraded the ram in my G4 and Core Duo Minis, but I'm finding that the base RAM on my Core i5 to be sufficient. Voted "yes" because I've done two upgrades.
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Yes I did about 6 weeks after purchase went from 2GB to 8GB now,thinking of upgrading again on the ram probably be 12GB... its a '11 mini ..
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    My first mini was the 2005 model with 256mb of ram which I upped to a massive 1gb! Since then every mini I've owned I've upgraded. I stopped in 2011 with the corei5 dgpu model.
  4. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    In January, 2015 I upgraded the Ram in my MM(2012) from 4GB to 16GB.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I have a late 2012 Mini.
    I installed a single 8gb DIMM in the top slot (when upside-down and opened), left the other 2gb DIMM "in place".
    The Mini now runs happily with 10gb installed.
  6. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    I did the same thing last January, thinking if it started to seem sluggish I would ad another 8GB. But memory has not been an issue.

    I should note I also added a SSD at the same time, moving the HD to the secondary location (decided not to go Fusion).

  7. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I picked up a 2012 refurb in 2014, I might have had the RAM and data doubler (well, the iFixit version) before I had the Mini. The only reason I booted it before stripping it to install the SSD was so I could register Pages, Numbers and Keynote to my Apple ID.

    In short, mine practically had a RAM upgrade before I even booted it...
  8. Adz76 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Dagobah System
  9. Wando64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2013
    As long as you don't buy it from Apple, RAM is so cheap that there is simply no reason to have any less than the maximum allowed.
  10. Micky Do, Jan 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016

    Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Yes, both my 2005 original and early 2009 Mac Minis…… but I don't regard the ability to upgrade as sacrosanct.

    Both were base models that came with 0.25 and 1 GB RAM respectively. The upgrade was required to run hardware in the case of the 2005, and to run Mountain Lion in the case of the 2009 (which was becoming slow anyway). Back then RAM was relatively expensive, so only the minimum required was installed initially. The ability to upgrade was necessary as the RAM requirements of hardware and software was increasing quite fast..

    Nowadays, with RAM cheaper (even from Apple), getting more than the basic required from the outset makes sense. I doubt that the RAM requirement is going increase much as it did. The desirable amount of RAM will be more dependent on what you are going to do with a Mac (thus apps, and how you use them) than the basic requirements of OS X or any hardware.
  11. fricotin macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
    I installed two Corsair 8GB sticks in my 2012 mini, no problem whatsoever, took about 2 minutes.
  12. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    I bought this "Late 2012" mini (rather than any later model) precisely BECAUSE I would be able to upgrade the RAM eventually (which I did, to 16 GB).
  13. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Wow, 94.7% (at the time I write this) is a complete blowout.

    When I started this poll, I thought that people who upgrade their MM memory would be in the minority. In part because the Mac Mini is not the easiest computer to do upgrades on, and in part because I assumed the Mac Mini is for a lot of switchers and more basic users. (On the other hand, I admit people who frequent a Mac Mini forum are not going to be basic users.) I thought, maybe 50/50 at best.

    So it's interesting to see that an overwhelming majority of people here have upgraded their memory. It really makes the soldered memory unfortunate. :(
  14. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    To be fair, this poll isn't at all representative of people. This poll is representative of people that have been to to the Mac Mini section of MacRumors.com within the past week or so, and which regularly click on threads they are not otherwise searching for. This means the poll is only representative of a special subset of enthusiasts. So, it's not surprising the percent is so high.
  15. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Oh yes, I understand that completely. I'm surprised it's that high even despite that.
  16. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    Yes, upgraded the memory in my 2012 mini last year to 16GB just because the price finally went down to a reasonable level. I think I paid $70 or $75 instead of $140+ it was selling at for the longest time. I just checked and it looks like memory is even cheaper now - about $60 for 16GB. No reason not to at that price!
  17. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    While true it is isn't representative of all people, I wouldn't say it is only representative of people who have been to the mac mini forum.

    I, for example, very rarely visit that (this) forum. I browse this site's forums by looking at "New Posts" which gives me anything new, from any of the forums. That is how I came across this thread (and most others I read). Maybe I am the only one who does this, but I find it faster to just scan "New Posts" than to meander around in specific forums. The downside I am sometimes sucked into threads I should have avoided :) (not talking about this one).

  18. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    I was given a 2012 Mini by mistake when I went in to get the 2014 model. Best thing that could have happened, as I saved hundreds and got a far better machine. I soon discovered how bad Apple's HDDs are and promptly got a SSD and 16GB RAM.
  19. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    That islucky! Well done.
  20. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Nope, but i have been inside it to replace the hard drive. Unfortunately mine is 2007 spec and maxes out at 3 gigs which is really not worth much vs. the 2 GB in it.
  21. Toltepeceno Suspended


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    2012 mini maxed out (16) and with ssd, wouldn't trade it for a new model unless I could get another 2012 after selling the new one.
  22. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Yes. I upgraded from 4gb to 10gb and recently 16gb. (i5 2012) Because ram prices dropped so low that I couldn't resist.
  23. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Yes, I agree. I think if I were to upgrade, it would be from 2012 dual core to a 2012 quad core.
  24. Osty macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Melbourne, AU
  25. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I upgraded my 2012 Mac mini i7 2.3 GHz with a Samsung 850 Pro SSD (256 GB) and 16 GB Crucial 1.35 V CL9 RAM (BLS2K8G3N169ES4).

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