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Mac Mini craziness.

by Me, Myself and You / March 13, 2008 5:35 PM PDT

Ok people, I'll give you the lowdown. I bought a Mac Mini about 6, 7 weeks ago now, delighted. Leopard is a fantastic OS, but with the stock 1GB of memory, I find that running a Virtual Machine, Safari, and a few other small apps, things can become a little slow. Now, I've read that these Mac Mini's have a limit of 3GB of RAM (Apple says it's two) but I don't understand how that works if they only have 2 RAM slots.

I intend to purchase two sticks of 1GB (RAM is insanely cheap these days) but if I was to purchase 2 2GB sticks, would this make the 3GB max?

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Theoretically, yes.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 9:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Mac Mini craziness.

See this article

This indicates that it is possible to go to 3Gb of RAM in the mini.

Remember though that Apple will not support such a configuration and any problems you have will not be addressed by them until you go down to the supported configuration.

With RAM prices as they are, it's worth a try


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by Me, Myself and You / March 13, 2008 9:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Theoretically, yes.

The only problem with that is the RAM wouldn't be running in dual channel mode.

As a user, I would probably benefit more from 2GB in dual channel than 3 or even 4, not in dual channel.

Any ideas on why Leopard is so hungry?

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I guess for the same reason
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 4:13 AM PDT
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that every iteration of an OS, any OS, seems to require more and more RAM to run effectively.

Beyond that, who knows.

On the subject of Dual Channel, I doubt you would be able to spot the difference between two 1GB and a 1GB with a 2Gb. You will never get to 4 as the mini will just ignore anything above the 3.

You might as well just buy the one 2Gb and see how it goes. That will max out the mini anyway and, as you said, it's cheap


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