Which RAM

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by solidify, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. solidify macrumors newbie

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    I have a base model 2018 Mini. I would like to upgrade from the stock 8Gb of RAM to 16Gb.

    As far as I understand it, it would be better to buy 2 8Gb sticks of RAM and throw away the 2 4GB sticks that are in there now, is that correct? Buying 1 16Gb stick and keeping 1 4Gb stick in there would end up being slower, right?

    Second, Can anyone recommend which RAM to buy and where from? I am in the US and have an Amazon Prime account. I don't know anything about RAM so I really need someone to tell me what to buy lol. Thanks.
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Go with OWC, they will make sure it's the proper one for you.
     
  3. seble macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, and don't throw away the sticks that are currently in the machine. If it needs servicing by Apple you'll want to put the original RAM back in.
     
  4. popcorn-in-sac macrumors regular

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    I recently did the same, and used Crucial RAM, purchased from Amazon. I installed it some days ago, and it works perfectly. This set is the proper specifications for the 2018 Mac mini.

    Amazon link

    Mark
     
  5. ncrotalus macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I noticed that Amazon also has the “DR” version of the 16gb crucial ram for about the same price. Any pros/cons to going with “SR” versus “DR”? Thanks
     
  6. popcorn-in-sac macrumors regular

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    From everything I read before buying, single-rank (SR) is considered slightly faster than dual-rank (DR). DR memory DIMMs can be larger than SR memory DIMMs as well.

    So for the same amount of money and same capacity, I would (and did) choose single-rank (SR) memory.

    My thoughts, anyway.

    Mark
     

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