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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:16 pm    Post subject: RAM Question Reply with quote

I'm planning on buying a Mac Mini fairly soon. My question is wether I'll run into any problems with 2GB of RAM or if I need to upgraded to 4GB?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Re: RAM Question Reply with quote

Sunsword wrote:
I'm planning on buying a Mac Mini fairly soon. My question is
wether I'll run into any problems with 2GB of RAM or if I need
to upgraded to 4GB?
This is my experience with 2 Gig's of RAM.
I purchased my mini with half a Gig and upgraded to
two Gigs right away. I first used Tiger and when
just surfing the web less than one Gig was used.
Then, when I switched to Leopard around one Gig
was used, when not doing much more than surfing
the web.
Now that I'm using Snow Leopard one and a half
Gig's of my two Gig's is used. Other Mac mini users
milage including yours may vary. However I strongly
suggest you think about four Gigabytes as a minimum.
That is, if you don't want to see a Spinning Beach Ball,
much.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bill,
Can you post a screenshot of your activity monitor like this one?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:07 am    Post subject: System Memory Picture with 2 Gig's of RAM Reply with quote

I'm watching Cable TV with an Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus
which does most of the work so the mini's processor
doesn't have to and I have Safari open with two tabs.
Everything else is just normal system processes.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:38 am    Post subject: Re: RAM Question Reply with quote

Sunsword wrote:
I'm planning on buying a Mac Mini fairly soon. My question is wether I'll run into any problems with 2GB of RAM or if I need to upgraded to 4GB?
Since you'll have two 1 Gig RAM Sticks just replace one with a 4 Gig RAM Stick.
Five Gig's should hold you for a few years and most slowdowns won't be caused
by not enough RAM. Philip Arcario can probably give you a link for a great Christmas
price on RAM. If he doesn't catch this thread, PM him.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of the 2.00 GB you are using a little over 1.00 GB Do you get a lot of Beach balls?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More than with Tiger and Leopard.
Yes, I Repair Permissions frequently.
I also do more than just two things
at once as opposed to whats in my
example, like many people.
I think that stinks to be doing not much
and use 1.15 Gig's.

I use to use EyeTV with one 250 Plus
and one Hybrid. I now use two 250 Pluses.
Much better. I look forward to getting a
mini that can access more than two Gig's
of RAM. I suspect I'll be much happier.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting! The 1st activity monitor screen shot was a 27" iMac running SL

Im on a 20" iMac running Leopard 2 GB ram both run Creative Suite & a few apps at the same time. never had a problem with 2gigs

10.5.8
running around a month



Same after a restart


ill check the mini later.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If SL & L are both doing the same things
you'll notice SL has more resources active
in your example, than L.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you plan on using it for home theater, I would recommend going with 4GB. i bought one of the new mini's this year, and started out using 2GB. Running EyeTV, Plex and a few other smaller apps was OK, but everything was much smoother (especially PLEX) after I upgraded to 4GB.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leopard


Snow Leopard



I just had the same thoughts as "unblowupable5" 2 Gigs should work 4 Gigs is better, now that the prices for RAM have come down its a good time to upgrade.

I never had beach ball problems using 2 Gigs.

thanks, for the info.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. I'll start looking for good deals on the RAM.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=W1066SB4GM&title=Super-Talent-DDR3-1066-SODIMM-4GB-Micron-Chip-Notebook-Memory

40 for a 4gb stick use the discount code today naughtyornice 5 bucks off 35 a stick micron is crucial ram
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=W1066SB4GM&title=Super-Talent-DDR3-1066-SODIMM-4GB-Micron-Chip-Notebook-Memory

40 for a 4gb stick use the discount code today naughtyornice 5 bucks off 35 a stick micron is crucial ram


Thanks for the link!

In another thread, I believe you mentioned holding off for the 2011 Mac Mini, to see what the 2nd generation of this design would offer. Would you advise me to do the same?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember I have a house full of macs .

A 2009 2.53ghz mini
a 2009 2.66ghz mini
a 2009 3.08ghz imac and
a 2010 2.8 quad mac pro

Waiting is easy for me to do. I still maintain that as of today the 2009 2.66ghz mini is the best mini on the market. They come up in refurbs now and then. If I had to buy a mini I would prefer that refurb over the 2010 mini.
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