Introduction

Removing the RAM is an easy task that requires no tools.

  1. Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover. Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.
    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

    • You do not need to apply much downward pressure while turning.

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  3. Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.
    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

  4. Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the chip. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
    • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the chip.

    • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

    • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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So if I were to replace the Ram on my mac mini I would only have the option to choose between the 2 gb chip or the 4gb chip? I know dumb question lol.

Bianca - Reply

2x8GB is as much as those motherboards can handle.

Kevin Shaffer -

Dear everyone,

Does this mac mini accept :

KINGSTON DDR3 PC3-12800 - 2 x 4 Go (8 Go) 1600 MHZ - CAS 10 - HyperX Fury Black Series

Thank you.

Marouane - Reply

I always consult Crucial's memory configuration tool. For a late-2012 Mac mini, see http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible....

According to them, this Mac can go up to 16GB (2 SO-DIMMs of 8GB each). The SO-DIMMs should be DDRL3L-1600 (DDR3L PC3L-12800, CL=11, unbuffered, non-ECC, DDR3L-1600, 1.35v)

The SO-DIMMs you mentioned seem like they should be compatible (CL=10 should work fine in a computer that can accept CL=11). But I would only buy from a vendor that has a compatibility guarantee. If there's a problem, I would want to be able to return them for a refund.

David Charlap -

The SODIMMs don't need to be low voltage DDR3L (i.e. 1.35 volt). In fact Apple recommends (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202593) regular 1.5 volt DDR3 and most late 2012 Mac Minis were shipped with it. So is Crucial wrong? The truth is that either will work.

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