What RAM will you recommend for 2011 i5 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by blkonblk17, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. blkonblk17 macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2009
    So turns out the 2x4GB Corsair memory I purchased off of amazon is defective. It's randomly causing kernel panics. I will not tolerate this. Back to amazon it goes. Can anyone recommend me a good alternative? I've heard some user are using crucial.. feel free to post and recommend whatever you think will work good with my 2011 i5 Mac Mini.
  2. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2011
    I always use and recommend OWC and/or Samsung memory. OWC has served well in all installations with the exception of 16GB (4x4GB) on the 2010 iMac. To reach 16GB most had to install Samsung memory which was the closest to OEM Apple configuration.
  3. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I got this from Amazon and mine worked great. Maybe you just got a bad batch.
  4. blkonblk17 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2009
    Thanks, I will check OWC out.

    How about this?



    Did you get the 2x2GB or 2x4GB?

    This is the same one I'm returning to amazon. It's defective. Keeps causing kernel panics and giving my the black screen of death every so often. When I run memtest off terminal 5/10 it will fail the first check and say this

    "FAILURE! Data mismatch at local address 0x0000000101284160
    Actual Data: 0x0000000101284140"

    I narrowed it down to 1 stick...
  5. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Mine are the 2x4 GBs and mine passed memtest with flying colors. I even let it sit for about 2-3 hours just making pass after pass to insure it was good. I'd suggest just returning it for the same. The chance of you getting 2 bad sets it pretty slim.
  6. blkonblk17 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2009
    That's what I will most likely do. What command do you put in mentest for multiple runs.

    IE: memtest 2,4,6,8 or whatever the number of times you want it to repeat?
  7. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I did memtest all and it just runs until you hit control+C.
  8. blkonblk17 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2009
    Ok, I will try that out. For now, I am using the factory 1x1GB and seems to be working fine. No panics. I can't believe apple couldn't at least put 4GB.. I will keep you posted when I receive the next batch. Thanks
  9. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    i use samsung only, as supplied originally by apple ...

    same with hynix.

    so, if the mac comes with either i choose same make; if i want bigger ram on all banks i take samsung.

    all other ram's are maybe cheaper, but not so much to decide them.
  10. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I bought OEM Samsung memory from OWC and it's great.
  11. PWNkake macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Just put the Corsair memory in mine. Works great, may be easier just to get a replacement? :/. I've always had good luck with Corsair, but there are always bad sticks out there.
  12. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    OWC and Samsung are the best for Apple;
    OWC gives a lifetime warranty I believe on their RAM too :cool:
  13. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    So does Corsair. :cool:
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
  15. specialk0449 macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    I upgraded my RAM from 4G to 8G on my Mac mini. I ordered it from Crucial and it arrived in 4 days. Very easy to install. This is my second purchase from Crucial. I upgraded the RAM in my 2007 iMac from 1G to 3G. Easy company to deal with.
  16. Dr. Beast macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2011
  17. mrdctaylor macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2009
  18. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    I have 8Gb all bought from crucial.

    All good. Can recommend.
  19. KScottMyers macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I second that. Great RAM for the money - no issues.

    $39 is hard to beat.

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