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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Pairing RAM Reply with quote

One of my two 4gb RAM sticks went bad in my 2009 mini. For now I put in the old 2gb stick to replace it, but I'm thinking about buying another 4gb to replace it. The question is how similar to the first stick the new one has to be to get the benefit of pairing. Is the capacity enough, or do I also need to match the specs and/or the brand?
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should be fine with the same exact specs and CAS latency. You don't have to worry about the brand.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They just need to be the same (CAS timing, speed, etc.) type. They don't need to be the same brand to support Dual-Channel mod.
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's so cheap now, just get two 8GBs ... makes a HUGE difference.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I ended up doing was sending the bad chip back to Crucial, as it has a lifetime warranty. I don't use a lot of apps concurrently and 8gb RAM is actually more than I need. I haven't got the replacement yet, but Crucial has been very good so far at issuing me the RMA and sending me an email acknowledging receipt of the bad chip.

Update: replacement chip received. Smile
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