RAM Upgrade = Huge Improvement

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  1. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I bumped my i5 Mini from 4gb to 8gb of RAM today. I knew it would help performance, but the difference is amazing.

    On my 2005 Mini I went from 2 to 4gb and didn't notice much.

    To anyone one on the fence (if any) it is well worth the low cost of the RAM.
     
  2. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks sharing!

    Perhaps you could later upload a 30 sec movie showing off the mini :cool:
     
  3. cc devil macrumors newbie

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    Try 16Gb... :D
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I'd like to know how you did that because the mini has not been able to take more than 2GB until 2007. In 2005, the limit was 1GB.
     
  5. TWO2SEVEN thread starter macrumors 68040

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  7. TWO2SEVEN thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I considered it, but I got an awesome deal on the 8gb in the Marketplace :)
     
  8. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a SSD drive in it? If not, you think the RAM upgrade was amazing, wait until you put a SSD drive in.

    My 09 mac mini runs was well as my 10 Macbook. (both with SSD)
     
  9. nsfw macrumors regular

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    You can get 16GB 8x2 on Amazon for $55. There is really no reason not to do this easy upgrade.
    Yes, SSD upgrades are even better than RAM upgrades but the cost and difficultly is higher.
     
  10. TWO2SEVEN thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No, the factory HHD is still in there. I've only had it for about two weeks.


    I got the 4x2 for $20 shipped, that will be enough for now. No real plans to spend any more money on the Mac for now. I have a wedding to save for. :)
     
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  12. Neiloid macrumors member

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    Definite first upgrade

    Hi all

    I've had my mini mac for two days and whilst it's a huge improvement, and fairly steep learning curve moving from my Windows XP Shuttle, today has convinced me that I need to upgrade the RAM.

    With iTunes, iPhoto, Safari and iCal open it was certainly slow and reminded me of the Windows experience I've left behind.

    So I'm ordering this http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=0B81A84FA5CA7304 which should suffice as I'm not a power user and speed things along.

    See how that does me - but I'm also itching to stick an SSD in there for the OS and apps. ;)
     
  13. Jdable macrumors newbie

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    Link?
     
  14. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    Welcome To The Fold

    I highly recommend the following books for Mac newbies. The "Missing Manual" will get you up and running quickly; you won't have to waste time asking questions on some forum... ;) I've been using Macs since '95 and I always have a copy around...

    The book for "switchers" has additional info about transferring files, etc. Be sure to check the table of contents to help you figure out which book would be most helpful. (Use the "search inside this book" link under the book illustration to access the table of contents.) I don't think that buying both books is necessary.

    http://www.amazon.com/Switching-Mac...&sr=8-3&keywords=Missing+Manual+Mountain+Lion

    http://www.amazon.com/OS-Mountain-L...&sr=8-1&keywords=Missing+Manual+Mountain+Lion
     
  15. BSben macrumors 6502a

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    I have upgraded my late 2009 mini from 2 to 8 gb, it was really amazing how much difference it made. I had almost given up on my beloved mini, but it was a bit like having a new computer. It is running really well now, and will be my 2nd Mac for some time to come.
     
  16. oldtime macrumors regular

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    Upgraded my 2011 i5 to 16GB and it has indeed been a great improvement. Easy upgrade that most users should make upon purchasing their minis.
     
  17. Rambaud macrumors newbie

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    Plus 1.

    I was surprised that the extra 8Gb made such an improvement.
     
  18. throAU macrumors 601

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    The general rule with RAM has been the same for years:

    Buy as much as you can afford


    With 16gb under a hundred bucks when purchased as 2x8 GB sticks for most portable/mini machines, that's currently the sweet spot for most in terms of $/gain.

    But yes, the difference between 4 and 8 is massive.
     
  19. Nguyhen4wd macrumors newbie

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    I Think the better option is upgrade up to 8 Gb, maybe if you put 16gb on it, probably doesn't use them completely.

    The mhz matters? I want buy a 1600 mhz memory kit instead of 1333, the chipset will recognize the rest of mhz ?
     

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