Specifically what RAM do I need for upgrading my mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jasmac888, May 16, 2018.

  1. jasmac888 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2018
    Hi I have a late 2012 mac mini that does open to allow upgrading ram, but i’ve never done anything with ram before and have no idea which to get and have read you have to get just the right kind or it won’t work.

    Currently I have 4GB ram and from the about page it says my ram is two parts, both 2GB 1600 MHz DDR3. I want to go as high ram as possible spending around $100-$200 but willing to go a hundred or more higher if it increases ram a lot more.

    Can you guys help me? I know these basics but I just feel lost looking at ram and am worried the ones I get won’t work.
  2. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    2012 Mac mini RAM upgrades are very easy to do, as shown in the official Apple instructions. Any 1600 MHz 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM should work, and you can go up to 16 GB (2 x 8 GB). Here's an Amazon listing for 16 GB that would be compatible with the 2012 Mac mini. Any brand would work as long as the RAM matches the specifications, but Crucial memory is generally pretty reliable.
  3. SoCalReviews, May 18, 2018
    Last edited: May 18, 2018

    SoCalReviews macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2012
    There are a lot of brands you could use but Crucial for Mac is my choice. They have been an OEM supplier for Macs for years. You can call or go to the web site to look up the correct RAM and purchase it directly from Crucial with a lifetime warranty or you could find the right Crucial RAM on Amazon. I would recommend 2 x 8GB (16GB) for your 2012 Mac Mini. Just make sure you order the correct RAM for your Mini. All the 2012 Mac Minis require the same basic specs for RAM.

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