RAM upgrade worth it on basic Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by imac275, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. imac275 macrumors member

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    I have got the base model late-2012 Mini and I have replaced one of the 2GB sticks of RAM with an 8GB one to take me to 10GB in total.

    I have noticed a speed improvement, so I was wondering if it is worth going up to the maximum 16GB on this machine or not. Will I see any further improvement or will the I5 processor and HDD mean I won't get any real advantage?
     
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Check Activity monitor on how much of your 10GB is used. If it fills up many times a day, 16GB will help. If not, keep it like this.
     
  3. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    Depends what you are doing but probably not as you will most likely see a bigger improvement by next upgrading to an SSD and keeping the existing hard drive for data libraries / movies / music, this will cost a bit more than an 8gb RAM stick
     
  4. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    like nike says just do it ,16GB is the way to go, specially if you plan on keeping it for a few years

    get an SSD too
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    My opinion only.

    If you're not "hitting the memory ceiling" with 10gb installed, why bother to put in more?

    I bought my late 2012 Mini in January 2013 with the stock 4gb of RAM installed. It's been running fine for more than a year, and my usage requirements don't seem troubled by the lack of extra RAM at all.

    I might drop in a single 8gb board of RAM in the future, but again, extra RAM does nothing for you, unless you actually drive the Mini hard enough to -require- it.
     

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