Mac Mini (2012) Memory Upgrade to 10GB

The Mac Mini 6,1 (2012) base model ships with 4GB of Memory in a 2x2GB 1600Mhz 204 pin SODIMM configuration. 4GB as it turns out, is a little inadequate for running Ubuntu, FreeBSD, CentOS and XP simultaneously. The Linux VMs seem to need more than 512MB to compile kernels and XP is super sluggish with anything less than 1GB.

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While the Mac Mini 6,1 supports 16GB in a 2x8GB configuration, I expect to run out of disk IO quicker than I can fill up the available 16GB with VMs.

The new configuration is running with 1x8GB Transcend JetRam DDR3 8 GB Laptop RAM (JM1600KSH-8G) along with 1x2GB module reused from the original configuration. Don’t see any obvious issues yet in mixing the Apple module with Transcend as they both have different CAS timings.

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# dmidecode
Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0014
        Error Information Handle: No Error
        Total Width: Unknown
        Data Width: Unknown
        Size: 8192 MB
        Form Factor: SODIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: DIMM0
        Bank Locator: BANK 1
        Type: DDR3
        Type Detail: Synchronous
        Speed: 1600 MHz
        Manufacturer: 0x014F
        Serial Number: 0x0009D341
        Asset Tag: Unknown
        Part Number: 0x4A4D313630304B53482D3847202020202020

Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0014
        Error Information Handle: No Error
        Total Width: Unknown
        Data Width: Unknown
        Size: 2048 MB
        Form Factor: SODIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: DIMM0
        Bank Locator: BANK 0
        Type: DDR3
        Type Detail: Synchronous
        Speed: 1600 MHz
        Manufacturer: 0x80AD
        Serial Number: 0x004492D8
        Asset Tag: Unknown
        Part Number: 0x484D54333235533643465238432D50422020

Update (20130927): The Mac Minis have been fully upgraded to 16GB each using 2x8GB modules

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