7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 4:07 PM by Rumi ableh
Sergio Nicolás Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hello everyone!


I just got my first Mac machine, a Mac Mini i5 with 4GB of RAM. So far I'm loving it, everything seems to work flawlessly, updates are painless, etc. (I come from the PC/Linux world so I feel like a child with a new toy) however I think I need a small RAM upgrade.


I was looking for some cheap modules and I came across with these Kingston KTA-MB1600/4G modules that, according to the mini memory specs, should work.


http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/partsinfo.asp?root=us&LinkBack= &ktcpartno=KTA-MB1600/4G


AFAIK the memory specs for the mini are:


  • PC3-12800 DDR3
  • Unbuffered
  • Non-parity
  • 204-pin module
  • 1600 MHz


I was wondering if any of you have tried these or any Kingston modules on your Mac's? Do you agree with me that these should work on my mini?


I'm sorry if this a stupid question or an obvious question but I'm not 100% sure. In the PC world I would probably buy whatever that match the specs.


Thank you!

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,910 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    You can use it in your computer without issues. A Mac uses the same RAM as a PC

  • masterninja01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In my experience, this is not true.


    I have bought just liek yourself, correct specs, but it appears the mac mini RAM is a lot smaller physical size than normal RAM.


    I actually can't find the correct memory as of now. Maybe someone can help point me in the right direction.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Check http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5475


    From the specs you're quoting it seems you've already been on that page. Note that it says in the beginning "SO-DIMMs (Small Outline DIMM)".


    This may also help masterninja01.

  • 2crazy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just ordered a 16GB Kit (2*8GB) for my late 2012 mini. Those are the pricier ones, but they are really low latency. Can't wait to to install them :-)


    HyperX Plug n Play 16GB (2x8GB) Kit of 2 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 SODIMM Notebook Memory KHX16S9P1K2/16

  • Feeesh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, im thinking of buying a mac mini, but the Apple RAM upgrades seem very expensive.


    So this thread answered my question that upgrading yourself is possioble but i have a few more if anyone else can help please.


    Does upgrading yourself void your warranty?

    Is it a simple / easy upgrade to perform?


    Is anyone able to recommend a reliable, readily available 16GB kit in the UK?

    All ive seen is some on amazon.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Randy Knowles Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Feesh -


       As far as "voiding" the warranty, the specific provisions of the Terms and Conditions govern.  If the non-Apple part causes damage or a problem then you will not be covered.  Otherwise, it's been my experience that you remain covered as before.  I have replaced RAM in 2 minis and both continued to be covered by Apple Care for problems unrelated to the new RAM.


       Sorry I can't make specific suggestions for purchases in the UK.  I bought my RAM upgrades from Other World Computing, which is a company that specializes in Apple, but they are in Woodstock, Illinois.  However they ship all over the world as I understand it.   See http://www.macsales.com if you're interested.  Their 16 GB kit (2 x 8 GB chips) is just under $100.


       In the newer models of the mini the change of RAM is very simple, and is designated by Apple as a user changeabe part.  You just remove the bottom round black cover by twisting it slightly to the left and the memory slots are immediately accessable.


       Good luck.  - Randy

  • Rumi ableh Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    upgrading mac mini ram is the easiest thing in the world


    for 16 gig i agree with Randy u can buy in

    http://www.macsales.com , or go to corsair...


    so far it work flawless!!


    but by the way consider the mac mini problem with the hdmi and etc if u still want to buy it,,,


    i think u should wait a bit and gather more info

    but that's just me