RAM for Mac?

davidmartindale

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Original poster
Jan 28, 2011
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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?
 

dakhein

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Aug 24, 2011
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NorCal, USA
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.
 

paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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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.
Or you can just read the reviews on Newegg from those who have tried it in Macs. That's what I do.....
 

sngx1275

macrumors regular
Jan 27, 2009
121
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Missouri
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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