Support for 1600 RAM

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ACiB, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. ACiB macrumors member

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    Hi all, I was thinking about getting these for my Mini. Latest rev, low end, and a Sammy SSD 830 64GB for OSes.

    I read in another thread that the performance of these both was unbelievable, but I wondered about the RAM sticks, they're 1600, and doesn't the Mini support a max of 1333? How would these (rather expensive) sticks improve the minis performance over, say, Crucial's 50 bucks 8GB 1333 sticks?

    Thank you.
     
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Apple just uses 1333MHz sticks. The processor itself supports 1066, 1333, 1600, and 1866 MHz RAM. You wont notice the difference between 1333 and 1600 when using your mac mini, however because the GPU (Intel 3000) uses the system memory, quicker memory (RAM) will result in higher graphics performance. Increase should be about 5% according to people who have tested it.
    The biggest noticeable performance difference though is just upgrading to 8GB in general.
     
  3. ACiB thread starter macrumors member

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    So, would I notice any speed difference from 1333 to 1866? I understand that the benefits/price ratio might not be the best, but hey, I'm a geek. Also, would I have any problem installing the Samsung 830 in the mini? It's 7mm thick.
     
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Well I found a forum where someone reported 5-9% increase in the HD 3000's performance going from 1333 to 1866 (in some windows laptop) I don't think there should be a difference though between mac minis HD 3000 one in a windows laptop :D . So whatever suits you best, money or marginal increase in performance :D
    Em im not sure about the Samsung 830, I don't know the drive and never heard of anyone install a drive under 9.5mm in the mini. But i cant think of a reason for it not working, its just smaller thats all, you might need to make yourself something so that it fits snuggly into the spot which is made for a 9.5mm drive.
     
  5. ACiB thread starter macrumors member

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    I see... Well I think I'll end up going for a cheaper pair if I won't notice any real world difference with the 1866s. My Mini's graphics will only get some use when playing the occasional Starcraft 2 match, but I figure the 1866 upgrade won't allow me to go past the low settings with decent fps. I do know I have to get 8GB... 2GB just don't do it :p As for the 830, I really want it because of the positive reviews, and it's one of the newer drives, which frankly gives me some peace of mind because of all the reliability issues and lower performance over time that older SSDs have faced, but if the 7mm factor will give me some compatibility issues, then I'll probably look into 9.5mm any suggestions for a 64GB? :D
     
  6. Hede macrumors member

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    I don't think that a 7mm SSD is going any to be a problem in the mini, it just gives the second drive more space. I have a Samsung 470 SSD in my macbook pro and its great :D. When i get my mini i will put a Samsung 830 SSD 64gb in it. No doubt.:apple:
     
  7. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    A few of us on this forum are currently using Kingston Hyper X 1866MHz RAM in our 2011 Mac Mini's. There is definitely a performance increase anywhere between 5 - 20% based on application/usage. It's safe to say you will get 5% performance increase across the board. The link below is for a good detailed review:

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1599/1/
     
  8. etsi macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried Kingston HyperX 1866MHz ? Can you please confirm that it will work?

    Thanks
     
  9. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    As stated in my previous post a few of us, including myself use Kingston Hyper X 1866MHz PnP modules. There's a thread not to far down covering benchmarks on the 2011 Mac Mini Server with Kingston Hyper X 1866MHz:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1259724
     
  10. ACiB thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all a lot, I still haven't decided if I'll go for the 1600 or the 1866s. I'm all set on the 64 830 though :)
     
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