Can install 16 GB ram 1600 MHz for Mac Mini Mid 2011?
I read that is possible to install 16GB ram (2x8) 1333 MHz and it works well, but is it possible to install 16GB kit (8GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800? Thanks
The Mac Mini Mid 2011 supports up to 8GB DDR3-1333 MHz of RAM officially. However, one can install 16GB DDR3-1333 MHz of RAM or DDR3-1600 MHz RAM in both amounts. The SODIMM Modules fit but simply down-clock. I have 16GB DDR3-1600 in my 2.3GHz Mid 2011 Mac Mini and it runs perfectly and passes all of the standard Apple ASD testing. If you are installing 16GB modules make sure to do memory testing because there is a higher defect rate in 8GB chips when compared to their 2GB and 4GB cousins.
I installed ddr3l and it read as 1
Per slot and they were 16g each
Im assuming that the db in the store gave me the wrong one. Being that the specs were ddr3 ( without the L -which stands for low voltage )
So i am going to return them
If they have the proper ones.
2 x 8.0GB 1333MHz DDR3 SO-DIMM PC10600 204 Pin
I have installed two 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 modules (i.e. one in each available slot) and it works perfectly!
Please note: DO NOT use non TS (thermal sensor SPD chip) equipped modules.
If you do, the fan will run at full speed and this can be very bad for the machine not least irritating.
I looked into installing aftermarket 4GBs in my 2011 iMac but ran into the exact same problem.
Had to put existing memory back in, but its feasible to swap the SPD chip(s) and then simply copy across the data altering the checksum to ignore the variable byte.
Typically it has to be done before soldering, then verified to make sure nothing has changed.
Incidentally its also possible to use these modules in a conventional laptop and having the thermal sensor can make things far more reliable as typically 2GB modules run quite hot at the best of times.
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