Will a single 4gb work with the Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by deepakvrao, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. deepakvrao macrumors regular

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    Or do I have to have 2+2gb? Planning to get the cheapest Mini and only upgrade the RAM to 4gb.

    Was thinking of getting this

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/1333SAM3S4GB/

    Also, The Mini that I buy will have 1gb X 2, and my daughter has an iMac with 4gb. Would it be possible to put the 1gb cards in her iMac? I suppose the iMac has 2+2gb?
     
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    As stated by simsaladimbamba, we need to know what versions of the iMac you have.

    The mac mini will run with just 1 4GB memory stick, but will take a small hit (usually less than 10% at peak processing) because you will not be running dual channel memory (i.e. same size/speed ram in both slots).

    As for the iMac, if the iMac is in the last couple of revisions, they have 4 memory slots and therefore you should be able to put the two 1GB sticks in with the 2 2GB sticks already in her iMac. However, older iMacs only had 2 slots (and some even 1 if I am not mistaken), and many of the older ones ran DDR2 RAM rather than today's DDR3 and thus wouldn't be compatible.
     
  3. deepakvrao thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, my mistake.
    Planning to buy the 2011 Mini with the Core i5 and 2gb RAM, and the iMac is also the 2011 with the Core i5 and 4gb RAM.

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    Was actually wondering if you can put in 1gb cards when it has existing 2gb cards.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, you can put one or two 4 GB RAM sticks into the Mac mini.
    You can also put one 1 GB RAM stick into it, but currently 8 GB of 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM RAM* costs less than 50 USD (Indian prices surely vary).

    * Mac mini and iMac both use that RAM.
     

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