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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:09 am    Post subject: 1g or 512 Reply with quote

Hi All
What do we think? Is sticking 1G of ram in a bit feutile due to the slow hd speed? Could i get away with 512Mb or should i 1G it all the way?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO, it depends on how you use your mini.

More memory gives it the ability to have more programs open at the same time without having to swap memory out to the hard drive, which REALLY slows your system performance down.

So if you like having everything opened at once, 1GB might help.

If you only have one or two programs opened at once, it probably won't make a difference.

You can use the Activity Monitor tool in the Utilities folder (I think that's what it's called) to see exactly how much memory you're using. Open the number of programs you normally do (a browser, your mail client, etc, etc) and then check to see how much memory that uses. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take 1Gb, you won't regret.
Even if you don't work with heavy graphics/video software, it will make... well, burning CDs easier, for instance. Roxio Toast caches your data in RAM before burning and that kinda ensures buffer is not underrun.
And, when you will really need 1Gb, you won't have to upgrade from 512Mb. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that the notebook hard drives used in the Mac Mini are relatively slow is a good reason to go to 1GB of RAM.

By having lots of RAM you minimize the chance that your applications will have to use swap space for memory. When they do use swap space, the speed of the hard drive becomes crucial. So by having more memory and reducing the chance you'll need to use swap space, you make the computer much faster and more pleasant to use.

Of course if you use super bloatastic program like the ones from Adobe, any computer will slow to a virtual crawl...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for 1GB.

With firefox open with 2-3 tabs and 2 downloads I was using all but about 2-5 MB of the 512 I had.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a gig. I have a gig in mine and here is my current situation:

OPEN PROGRAMS:

Kernel task -- using 104.9 megs
Firefox (2 tabs) -- 103.75
Mail -- 56.02
Finder -- 48.58
Adium -- 47.77
Windowserver -- 41.36
NetNewsWireLite -- 37.09
Meterologist -- 33.41

Those are the biggies. I have 300.9 megs of inactive memory and 502.3 megs active. You can see that 512 megs is just barely enough to run a Mac -- Mac apps are pretty memory hungry.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really depends on what you plan to do with the mac. I'll give you an example from my own experience. I've had my mini for about a month now. I'm not really a power user. I basically use my mini for simple things. I surf the web, e-mail, iTunes and things like that. For those purposes the 512 MB that came with the mini is more than enough. However if I use iPhoto or Photo to Movie, ALL of the 512 MB is quickly used up. If you look in activity monitor, all the memory is used up. You can tell too, because the puter starts to lag and you get the spinning beach balls. Now doing the photo work is only my hobbie not my job so it's not the end of the world. But the 1GB sure would be nice, and I just may upgrade sometime in the future but for now it's fine.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:14 am    Post subject: 1g or 512 Reply with quote

Side questions...which brand of 1G memory do you folks use? Which brand do you believe to be best? And is opening the mini really that difficult? Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: 1g or 512 Reply with quote

psychologist wrote:
Side questions...which brand of 1G memory do you folks use? Which brand do you believe to be best? And is opening the mini really that difficult? Thank you.


I use Crucial memory, which I purchased from newegg.com.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 1Gb Hynix for mine and after upgrade it appeared that original 256 Mb was Hynix too. So far, I have no complaints on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dashboard is a huge memory hog! Mad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andp wrote:
Dashboard is a huge memory hog! Mad
True. I disabled dashboard and freed up alot of ram.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colt .45 wrote:
andp wrote:
Dashboard is a huge memory hog! Mad
True. I disabled dashboard and freed up alot of ram.


I used Dashboard a few times when it first came out. I barely look it anymore. I've gone back to using Konfabulator now that it's free. I like being able to keep the widgets on my desktop.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Dashboard everyday. Mostly for the weather forecast and doppler radar. I don't doubt that it's a RAM hog, but I find it more useful than just finding this information via the web. Having said that, I intend to bump my Mini up to a full gig of RAM.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this day and age and with all the cool things that you can do on a Mac, you should definitely upgrade to 1GB unless you surriously CAN'T afford to. It'd probably be one of the best investments for your computer.
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