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Upgrading ram (is mac ram in any way better than normal ram)?

I want to upgrade the ram on my mac mini with the following ram: -

i think it should be compatible with the mini (due to Apples site). I want to know if it will work and why is mac ram:-->

so much more expensive? Is it better in any way?

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I read this discussion and haven't realy found it useful. Due to apples website:

My corsail ram should be compatible. But i dont know why the mac ram is so much more expensive... Any explenations?


Because of the name. Please reread the link--additional info has been added.


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Hi, This was recently discussed-- link provided. From what I can read in my poor German this appears to be the same memory the poster was referring to and should work. To be on the safe side ask the supplier if it will work with your computer. Hope this helps you. Good luck.

Is there a guide for buying compatible memory upgrade?

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Hi, All the RAM quality is the same, but you pay for the name Apple extra.

If you want a nice update of your RAM, kost only arround the 29,00 Euro for

example 2X... (alway's 2 the same type)

(Trancent) 4GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM

Apple uses also speed 1600, with a lower speed 1333 your mini wil also work.

But 1600 is nice!

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Tip: Always when you open your Mac, use thin rubber disposeble handgloves for electric static dammage.

Good luck!

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It would be great, if you would pay the 60-70$ extra fee for the name "Apple" - that would make a small sense - but you didn't even that.

In my Mini was "Hynix" branded RAM installed and i replaced it with RAM from Samsung (harrharr, take this, apple!). In other (older) Minis i've found RAM from Transcend or Crucial.

Apple bought what they can get for low prices.

An 70$ extra fee for less than 5 mins of work (not mentioned that apple don't have to pay 30$ for 2x4GB of RAM) i would only pay, if i knew that the money is directly given to the workers in Taiwan who build my Mac Mini.



Since Apple uses the Intel x86-Plattform for their Macs, you can install every "PC related" RAM modules.

You only have to look at the specs. For the model "late 2012" you should only use DDR3-1600 (aka PC 12800), because the processor is able to handle RAM at that speed. With older DDR3-1333 (or less) modules you will get a significant lower performance.

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