2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2013 7:33 AM by LexSchellings
lanstrad1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a mini 2011 w. 8gb ram. Planning to buy a mini 2012 i7. I look at the different specs of both versions for memory. Could i use the 8 gb of the 2011 in the 2012 ? (And either the 2012 4gb in the 2011 or i simply put back its original 4gb which i still have)?

 

Would there be a noticeable performance difference (assuming it wirks - for the 2012 i mean? Or are we talking plain theory in terms of human perception? (TypicL apps: Final Cut Pro x, Pro Tools 11, Adobe Premiere Pro...

 

Note that i might also plan later to swap a 512gb ssd but will probably start with the 1TB base hdd


Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: Specs of memory mac mini 2011 on a 2012?
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,075 points)

    You can't use 2011 memory in a 2012 but can the other way around except for 8 GB in a 2011

    Mac mini (Late 2012) and Mac mini server (Late 2012) computers have two internal memory slots. These slots accept standard PC3-12800 DDR3 204-pin SO-DIMMs (Small Outline DIMM) with the following specifications:

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

    You can use RAM module sizes of 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB in each slot. For best performance, don't mix sizes of memory modules. Install two identical memory modules.

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

     

    Mac mini (Mid 2011) computers have two internal memory slots. These slots accept a standard PC3-10600 DDR3 204-pin SO-DIMMs (Small Outline DIMM) with the following specifications:

    • PC3-10600 DDR3
    • Unbuffered
    • Non-parity
    • 204-pin module
    • 1333 MHz

    You can use RAM module sizes of 1 GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB in each slot.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4805

  • 2. Re: Specs of memory mac mini 2011 on a 2012?
    LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,690 points)

    Since Macs are very sensitive to the exact specs for Ram, I would strongly suggest that the memory speeds (1333 and 1600MHz respectively) are NOT freely interchangeable: 1333MHz in the 2011 mini, and not the 1600MHz in the 2011. And 1600MHz in the 2012 mini and not the 1333MHz.

    Lex