Ask Max: How much RAM can a mini Mac take?
Hi Jacob: I'd like to buy a Mac mini maxed out with RAM. What is the max RAM that can be put into these units, and what would that cost extra? Thanks ... and a Happy New Year ... Quentin.
PowerPC based Mac minis only have one RAM slot. They take PC 2700 SDRAM in sizes up to 1GB. Intel Mac minis are like MacBooks without the screens and they have two RAM slots. Each slot can accept a PC2-5300 SO-DIMM up to 1 GB in size. Because Intel Mac minis have two RAM slots, they can work with up to 2 GBs of RAM. That can add a bit to the starting price, upgrading the RAM in a Mac mini to 2 GB will cost around $250. Although this is not an absurd price, I think 1 GB of RAM is the right price point. Upgrading a new Mac mini to 1 GB will only add $75 to its price.