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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:52 am    Post subject: How much memory is 'enough'? Reply with quote

I ordered my Mac Mini with 512Mb and plan to use it for iPhoto (RAW images from my Nikon D70), mail, browsing and iWork. No video editing.

'More is better' everybode says but how much performance gain can be expected from 512Mb -> 1Gb?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:08 pm    Post subject: Mas OS X needs 512 min. Reply with quote

I would at the min get 512. If you are doing lots of Photoshop work I'd get a Gig. I think you will be ok and will be off to a good start.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:33 pm    Post subject: You can never have enough memory. Reply with quote

I would say get 1gb. Then you'll be ready for Tiger. Plus you are worikng with "Raw Images" I take in photoshop?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

512 is fine for day-to-day stuff but anything above that and you should be looking at 1GB. I have my iBook G4 maxed out at 640MB and there are days when I really wish for a little more. OSX is a memory hog.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

apoc wrote:
512 is fine for day-to-day stuff but anything above that and you should be looking at 1GB. I have my iBook G4 maxed out at 640MB and there are days when I really wish for a little more. OSX is a memory hog.



Mini in your pocket lol...that's a good one! The Mac mini is the bigget chick magnet computer ever!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:42 pm    Post subject: Get a 1GB Reply with quote

OSX is kind of a memory hog! Don't even think of doing video editing or garageband with less than that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you put in your own memory does it void your warranty?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macgirl wrote:
If you put in your own memory does it void your warranty?


No it does not.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: You can never have enough memory. Reply with quote

rob wrote:
I would say get 1gb. Then you'll be ready for Tiger. Plus you are worikng with "Raw Images" I take in photoshop?


I agree 1gb is the way to go. I wonder how much strain Spotlight will put on the system?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this article interesting on iPodlounge.com.

http://www.ipodlounge.com/articles_more.php?id=6243_0_8_0_C

3/4th way through is a little table showing Mac mini performance with both the 1.25 and 1.42 systems with 256, 515 and 1024 megs of ram. I'll paste the table below, but the spacing probably won't hold up on the forum.

Ram Processor Resize to 300MB Gaussian Blur - 3 pixel
256MB 1.25Ghz 1:52 --------------1:37
512MB 1.25Ghz 0:28 (-1:24) -----1:19 ( -0:18 )
1024M 1.25Ghz 0:08 (-0:20) -----0:45 ( -0:34 )
256MB 1.42Ghz 1:49 --------------1:34
512MB 1.42Ghz 0:28 (-1:21) -----1:12 ( -0:22 )
1024M 1.42Ghz 0:07 (-0:21) -----0:45 ( -0:27 )
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to think that 512 was good enough. Recently a friend of mine showed how well a mac mini runs with 1GB. I think it's worth it if you can afford it. Though it's almost 200, if you're planning to use the mini for years, you can amortize the cost. (that's the excuse I use when i buy upgrades for my macs =)).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way I look at it is that I'm getting a 1GB stick of 3200 400mhz memory. If I sell the Mini, I'll plop 256 back in it, buy another 1GB stick and throw them into a PowerMac G5 (the only thing I'd get if I sold the Mini).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any reason to think this memory wouldn't work in a Mac Mini?

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=BA20959

(I"ve used mwave-branded memory in the past without issue)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The specs are right so it will work. I just never heard of that company but if they did you right go fot it! The price is pretty good.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
The specs are right so it will work. I just never heard of that company but if they did you right go fot it! The price is pretty good.


Mwave has been supplying me with PC hardware for years (along with Krex, newegg, etc). They have always had great pricing on RAM.
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