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Model A1347 with 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor.

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Using DDR3 PC3-10600 rather than DDR3 PC3-8500

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Has anyone tried putting in the larger DDR3 PC3-10600 ram into the mac mini mid 2010 rather than the recommended DDR3 PC3-8500.

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Here's a good reference: DDR3 SDRAM


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Sure the faster (newer) modules will work. But you don't gain anything as the systems memory access speed is fixed.

I would just buy the cheaper modules. Also remember the systems limit is 16 GB.

Before you do anything make sure your firmware is upto date. Follow this Apple T/N: EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Macs.

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I have run into some machines where the faster RAM DDR3 PC3-10600 would not work in a DDR3 PC3-8500 native machine. I know it should but it didn't. This was last seen in a 2010 15" MBP.

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Thanks Mayer, I'll consider this before I buy.

I wonder if Apple have a software hack to stop it...


Same here, put 10600s into MM 2010, three beeps only. Will not run.


@chrishees - Check the PCH logic as the older series won't support the newer SO-DIMM's.


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