Will 10600 DDR3 Ram form 2011 mac mini work in 2012 mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by deano59, May 21, 2015.

  1. deano59 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2015
    I have a 2011 2.5ghz i5 mini that has a faulty logic board - I found a 2012 2.5GhZ i5 in the local paper - is it possible to use my 10600 Ram from my 2011 Mac Mini in a 2012?

    When I looked up crucial it said 10600 DDR3 for 2011 and 12800 DDR3 for 2012. Any help greatly appreciated.

    Also is 400 Euro a good price for a 2012 i5 4GB 2.5ghz Mac Mini?

    Thank you all so much
  2. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I'm using PC10600/1333 in my '12 Mini, works fine (been installed for some time by the previous owner). It's probably giving up a touch of performance since the spec for the '12 is PC12800/1666.

    FWIW, I might actually wind up selling my 16GB 1333 and replace it with the correct speed - the net result might not be anything, but it'll be the proper spec ...
  3. avkdm, May 21, 2015
    Last edited: May 21, 2015

    avkdm macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    I just "upgraded" my 2012 Mac Mini with 2x8gb ram 1333 from 2x2 1600.The extra ram far outweighs the performance " hit " FWIW I challenge anyone to notice the difference between the 2 different speeds. 1333 ram has lower latency anyway so should negate the differences in speeds in my opinion.
    You will be fine.


    Dont mean to be rude D.T. but why would you waste your money? You might see a small difference ( if any) in benchmarks but in real world terms, none whatsoever in my opinion.
    Whats with this "proper spec ethos" running rampant on these forums, trying to scare people from using different parts other than standard in their Macs. Bog standard Macs break down as well!
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    This is 100% accurate. If you have to buy RAM, I say go 1600mhz (unless you can get a really good deal on 1333mhz), but ultimately you will not notice a difference. Unless whatever the OP does is extremely RAM speed dependent...

    A great Article from a couple years ago using Sandy Bridge Processors (okay I realize that each generation of core i series will have a different memory controller and handle memory slightly differently, but this is a good baseline to my point)...


    The only place in real-world benchmarks (i.e. not synthetic) that the faster memory made any real difference is in the Physics benchmarks. Otherwise the difference in speed and cas latency made almost no difference (sans a couple percent).

    I get so annoyed when people say you have to use 1600mhz memory as it really doesn't matter....
  5. avkdm macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    Just to clarify, I picked up the 16gb of 1333 ram for half the price of what I could buy the 1600 for so it was a no brainer for me, however go for the 1600 if its around the same price.
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    That is the exact decision I would have made! If it is basically a push or a few % higher for 1600mhz then go 1600mhz, but if is significantly cheaper than go that route. One of my 2012's has Corsair Vengeance memory and it feels no different than my other 2012 running basic 1333mhz that I pulled from my 2011 MBA before I sold it.
  7. D.T., May 22, 2015
    Last edited: May 22, 2015

    D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    No, I pretty much agree, it's so trivial, it's _probably_ not worth it, but I had a lead on some 1666 RAM that assuming the average used price for 1333 (i.e., selling mine), it would be a wash - officially making it a "why not" proposition. Though I do factor in the time as "cost" :)

    I've been plinking around with hardware/tech for more than 25 years, so I've heard about every computer related urban legend.

    FWIW, I'm currently knocking around with a Ras-Pi, running Node.js on it :cool:

    Additional FYI: with my recent Mac shuffling, I'm going to wind up with an extra 16GB of 1333 RAM (2x8) - that's not with me swapping to 1666, that's just extra EXTRA RAM, so I'll be posting that for sale, but figured I'd mention it here first :)

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