Want to chang RAM on my 2010 Mac Mini

chepetin

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Want to change the RAM on my Mini but not sure what brands or specs to buy. Any advices??
It is getting slower when running movies or videos from the web!!
 

jpietrzak8

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You should be able to use any 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM SO-DIMMs (up to 8 GB per SO-DIMM, for a maximum total of 16 GB). There are lots of different brands to choose from, and folks have various opinions about which ones are better, but I'm not sure you'll really be able to see a significant difference between them. Probably the easiest way to upgrade is to go to sites like Other World Computing or Crucial.com, which select compatible memory modules for you. Some links:

Other World Computing:

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_Mac_mini/DDR3

Crucial.com:

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compa...ini-(intel-core-2-duo-2*4ghz)-ddr3---mid-2010
 

chepetin

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May 17, 2016
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Hn
You should be able to use any 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM SO-DIMMs (up to 8 GB per SO-DIMM, for a maximum total of 16 GB). There are lots of different brands to choose from, and folks have various opinions about which ones are better, but I'm not sure you'll really be able to see a significant difference between them. Probably the easiest way to upgrade is to go to sites like Other World Computing or Crucial.com, which select compatible memory modules for you. Some links:

Other World Computing:

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_Mac_mini/DDR3

Crucial.com:

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Apple/mac-mini-(intel-core-2-duo-2*4ghz)-ddr3---mid-2010

Thanks, i see crucial only recommend a maximum of 8 GB RAM and macsales also present an option for 16 GB´s, any reason why so limited in crucial??
 

jpietrzak8

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Thanks, i see crucial only recommend a maximum of 8 GB RAM and macsales also present an option for 16 GB´s, any reason why so limited in crucial??
Originally, Apple officially offered a maximum of 8 GB of RAM in the 2010 and 2011 Minis, but the hardware does actually support 16 GB. I'm not sure what the exact reason was that Apple didn't initially feel comfortable supporting the larger SO-DIMM size, but at some point, they put out a firmware update for these Minis to support the larger size.

Here's an article with a little more info:

http://blog.macsales.com/16302-some-2010-mac-owners-can-get-more-ram-than-they-thought

I would imagine that Crucial is still using the original specs for the Mini...
 

theatremusician

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Dec 17, 2013
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Maybe take the opportunity to do a clean install of OSX or at least repair permissions if you haven't done so lately.
 

MysticCow

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The max RAM that the 2010 mini can take is 16 GB.

Why do you say you can put more memory in some machines than Apple does?

Apple sets their maximum memory configuration based on the memory modules available at the time of the product's release. Apple does not typically revise this limit as compatible higher density modules become available after the release date. This is a safe policy to follow but it inevitably causes confusion when memory vendors and dealers (and Mactracker) state that a computer will hold more memory than Apple says it will.

source: Mactracker
 
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