RAM for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by davidmartindale, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. davidmartindale macrumors member

    davidmartindale

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    So I have a 2009 Mac mini with 2x1GB DDR3 sticks of RAM. I want to upgrade it to 2x2GB sticks. On newegg.com under memory it has Mac memory and memory. Can I use DDR3 so-dimm PC memory for my Mac?
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    If you go to the OWC web site, they do a good job of breaking down which ram modules can be used on your mac.
     
  3. dakhein macrumors member

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    You can try but it is not guaranteed to work. I don't know if Newegg validated that its Mac Memory section works for w/e Mac system. I don't like wasting the time trying to test something like that out so I would just go to vendors that tell me what RAM they know goes in what system like Crucial or OWC.
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Or you can just read the reviews on Newegg from those who have tried it in Macs. That's what I do.....
     
  5. sngx1275 macrumors regular

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    I've bought Crucial memory for my Macs a few times over the years and its been fine.

    I just bought, on a pre-Black Friday sale from Newegg, 8 GB of PNY DDR3 RAM for my mid-2009 13" MBP and I booted from a memtest86+ cd and ran that. No probs.

    I'm also running 4 gigs of Crucial DDR3 PC-8500 in my Mini with no probs.

    I think Macs are a bit more picky about RAM than some PCs. But, Asus boards are notorious for being very intolerant of RAM, I think they are worse than Apple in that regard. But I only have anecdotal evidence for that.
     
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