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Default Should I go for 2 GB RAM - 09-23-2009, 07:21 PM

Hello, my mini works fine, but starts slow.
I took 16 GB Buffalo SSD and I don't know is it good and will things become better if I upgrade the RAM to 2 GB

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Default 09-24-2009, 01:35 AM

Go for 2gb, you can't beat the performance benefits for less than $30
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Default 09-24-2009, 07:56 AM

i upgraded yesterday and my mini is flying, even with the original dell ssd. it's faster than my dual-core mac, believe it or not!
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Default 09-24-2009, 02:03 PM

It is 6 of one, half-dozen of the other.

You do not really need more RAM and it will not provide a performance increase if you are not already utilizing all of your RAM to begin with. All RAM will pretty much perform the same in the Minis (at 533MHz with slightly varied latencies).

If you need the more RAM because you are constantly running multiple apps and hammering your current RAM, then go for 2Gb. If the 1Gb is fine for you and your use, then no need to upgrade.

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Default 09-24-2009, 10:56 PM

Originally Posted by bmcclure937 View Post
You do not really need more RAM
Need, want, must have! Think of it as a way of familiarizing yourself with the innards of your new machine.
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Default 09-25-2009, 02:56 PM

I would say it depends on the mini you have. I have a 9 and it was silly not to upgrade to 2GB when it's such a simple task. Even if I only enjoy the benefits 1% of the time, it's worth $22 to me.

If I had a 10 I don't think it would be worth the surgery necessary to upgrade it. That level of case cracking makes my big clumsy hands sweat. I could live with wishing I had more RAM that 1% of the time if it meant me possibly ripping the keyboard cable or marring the case to get all the way into the guts to put in the RAM stick.
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Default 09-26-2009, 01:28 PM

If you get the extra ram, just don't gio for teh "high speed' stuff as its unnecessarily and will run hotter. I actually downgraded back to the stock 1gb because the 2gb kinston hyperX ran really hot in my mini9. The heat actually made the mini 9 run slower than it should when viewing hulu etc.
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