Upgrade RAM?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by iPhonemaster5S, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. iPhonemaster5S macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2011
    Hey guys I am looking to upgrade the RAM on my Mac Mini late 2012 and was wondering where should I buy it. Is there a good trusted source and that is also inexpensive. I was looking to upgrade to 8 GB of RAM unless I can get more for close to the same price. What is usually sent in RAM upgrades? Thanks!
  2. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole

    Can't go wrong with the Crucial Memory Advisor. I have also had good service from OWC.
  3. fark macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2013
    I just bought a Mac Mini with the minimum memory and bought 16 gigs from OWC. Worked fine. I've bought from Crucial in the past - no problems.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    RAM is pretty much now a commodity item, so just buy whatever meets the specs at a good price and from a vendor you think will be around if you need replacement. No need to overpay from vendors selling what they claim is special memory for Macs.

    From here it looks likes your machine now has 2X2GB PCS-12800 DDR3 RAM chips. You can see some options on Amazon here.

    You will need to pull the two chips you have and replace them with either 2X4GB (~$62) or 2X8GB (~$127).

    You might check Newegg also. They often have good RAM prices.
  5. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    I went with a 16GB Corsair Vengeance kit from a local Bestbuy store. Here is the link.

    They have it on sale for $139.99, but I was able to get them to price match another retailer for $129.99

    They are 1.5v modules vs the stock 1.35v, but have faster timings (i.e., lower CAS latency).

    Here are my before and after Geekbench results. Note the improved memory scores versus the stock RAM.

    If you have no idea what I just said, then just buy the most RAM you feel comfortable paying for. :)
  6. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    I am using Corsair Vengeance two by 8GB (16). Great stuff.
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  8. mjt57 macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2013
    South Eastern Australia
    I'm in Australia so the listed vendors aren't probably relevant to me. However, some have mentioned 8 gb and 16 gb upgrades. I'm new to the world of Macs, having bought a base model Mac Mini this week. It has 4 gb of RAM. What benefits are there to go to 16 gigs, or should 8 gigs suffice?

    My demands aren't that high.
  9. fricotin macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
    I use Corsair For Mac two by 8GB (16) works fine.
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    This tool does not show all compatible RAM modules. One example is the CT102464BF1339, which is compatible with all Early-2011 MBPs (read the reviews on crucial.com). I've two CT102464BF1339 in my Early-2011 17" MBP-no problem.
  11. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011

    OS X manages memory different than Windows. IMHO in OS X you'll need more to get the same "feel", would say you'll want 8 Gb if you've got Windows with 4 Gb. macsales.com will ship to New Zealand and Australia and shipping costs are very low (about 5 US from memory). No affiliation, just bought several times from them (I'm in NZ).
  12. Giuly, Aug 18, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Starting with the 2011 Macs, you can even use 1866MHz CL11, where the 16GB 1866MHz Kingston HyperX Plug'n'Play being only one currently working and the fastest 16GB of RAM possible at all. 1866Mhz CL10 (Corsair Vengeance, Crucial Ballistix Sport) has been reported to not work properly and 2133MHz doesn't work, either.

    The data sheet is from 07/18/13, so Kingston's 16GB 1866MHz kit is brand-sparklin' new. 8GB of the same model, speed and latency has been reported to work great already.

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