Mac Mini RAM?

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  1. SockCymbal

    SockCymbal New Member

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    Does tha mac mini take a special kind or brand of ram?

    I'm wanting to upgrade to 1gig, but theres no way in hell im spending $350 or whatever apple charges for the upgrade. Can i buy any old DDR PC2700 ram?
     
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    Thats so expensive though. I mean, considering I got a corsair 1 gig stick for like $110 for my PC.

    Plus on ebay, you could get a gig for under 100. but would it suck?

    Also, I thought the mac minis max ram speed was 333, or PC2700...is that correct?
     
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    The problem is that you bought a mac mini. Regular 168-pin DDR (cheap) will NOT fit. I mean it physically will NOT fit.

    It's either a DIMM and not a SO-DIMM, in which case it would not even fit, or it's a crappy stick that's probably bad. At any rate, do not buy memory off of ebay.

    Yes, it's PC-2700, which is 333MHz... The stick I linked to *IS* 333MHz :mamoru:
     
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    Alright, guess I'll hafta get it.

    So what makes mac ram better than PC ram? I heard a guy at CompUSA say that 256mb of mac ram is like 1gig of PC ram....but I have a hard time believing that. But there is a difference, right?
     
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    the guy at CompUSA is talking out of his vagina. Mac and PC use the ***SAME*** RAM. I can take a stick of PC-2700 out of a dell, and put it in an apple, no problem.
     
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    well, i don't think he meant the physical ram. i think he was talking about just how much more efficiently a mac uses the ram. is it true that macs utilize ram more efficiently?
     
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    http://www.crucial.com/store/MPartspecs.Asp?mtbpoid=BEB4B190A5CA7304&WSMD=Mac%20mini%20(G4%20-%201.42GHz)&WSPN=CT431640

    would that ram work? its only 184 pin, and the link you gave me is 200pin.

    but the site says its compatible...i don't get it.
     
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    no it will not work.

    you have a mac MINI. That is not a normal powermac. You need LAPTOP memory.
     
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    no truth to that. In fact, I can install BSD on my PC and have the EXACT same memory management on my PC as on Apple. Windows and OSX do handle memory a little differently (Apple puts more emphesis on caching) but neither is on any extreme where a little ram does a lot more. 256MB is the BARE minimum for both platforms now... 512MB recommended starting point. 1GB very nice. More is for power users.
     
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    dude...the mac mini is 184 pin. NOT 200...
     
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    QFT. My 1.42 came with 256 and I promptly upped it to 512 with a stick of heatspreader'd Corsair XMS, and since then, to a 1GB stick of corsair value 3200. All work, all fit.

    No pics of the 1GB, but this is prettier anyway:
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    that is definitely 184 pin...NOT laptop memory.

    where did you buy it from?
     
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    also, why did you get pc3200 when the mac mini can only handle pc2700 max?
     
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    mac mini takes 184 pin memory. I also installed a 1GB stick of 3200. My mini came with pc3200 hynx, and when I tried to use a PQI stick of 2700, I got kernal panics, even though that module has been used succesfully in minis. My kingston 3200 stick works flawlessly.
     
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    alright...just installed 1gig of Kingston pc2700....works GREAT! the improvement is very noticable. i dont know WHAT the hell jollyogre was talking about...
     
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    dunno, hes always talking shit about the mini, seems he doesnt truly know what hes talking about.
     

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