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Released on October 23, 2012. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Apple Fusion Drive.

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Is there a guide for buying compatible memory upgrade?

I want to buy the Mac Mini Late 2012 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) whith 1 tb disk.

I notice that Apple charge for 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB= $300.00

I also notice that i can find a cheaper memory upgrade from Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2) for $81.99

Can you please tell me if there is a difference and what is the best move in term of price/performance?

Thanks in advance.


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Buy the Crucial and save the money. I have never found any difference between name brand memory and Apple memory except the cost. This assumes your Crucial kit contains 1600 Mhz DDR3 SDRAM--if it does not find a kit that does. As far as warranty is concerned save the memory you remove and replace it if you need warranty work--I do that all the time to make sure I don't loose the memory I purchased.

One other possibility if needed--good luck.

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i've heard of some people with five thumbs on every hand and they screwed up the memory upgrade on a mac mini - but if you have a healthy hand-eye-coordination and hande your mini with the needed care, your waranty is not in danger

There is not even a tool needed. Just open your mini and change the RAM. It doesn't take a single minute.

the RAM modules apple is using are the same modules you can buy at amazon or any other dealer - rember, it's all the same intel platform and the memory controller is embedded into the i5/i7 processor - thats why every DDR3 RAM will perfectly work in your mac mini

there are no faster (lower latency) DDR3-1600 modules available as you can buy on free market, not even for apple

so do you a favor: save up to 230$ and upgrade the RAM yourself

use the money to buy your mini with a fusion drive - this can also be done by yourself (a singe 128GB SSD costs not more than 100$ - instead of 250$ if you buy a fusion drive) but the upgrade and hard disk preparation is quite more difficult than the very easy RAM upgrade on a mac mini

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Review Apples TN on what your Mac Mini mid '11 or Mac Mini late '12 requires.

You can use Activity Monitor to see if more memory will improve performance How to monitor AM

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the apple ram is faster. trust me on this. and you dont void you warnt,

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Apples memory is no faster than the same memory that meets the same specs.


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