16GB RAM increase available for Mac Mini

Apple updated their line-up of Mac Mini computers last week and the updates have rendered the Mac Mini a surprisingly powerful little computer. Other World Computing, or OWC as they are known, can make the Mac Mini considerably stronger still. The company claims to have verified that the 2011 Mac Mini is capable of accepting and utilizing 16GB of RAM should it be loaded with such a large amount.

Better yet, is the fact the company will offer to install this RAM in your Mac Mini; for a fee, as you would expect. What might not be expected is the pricing of the increase. OWC's RAM increases prices are as follows:

  • OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory KitKit (2x 2GB memory modules): $37.99
  • OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2x 4GB memory modules): $79.99
  • OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (8GB + 4GB memory modules): $749.99
  • OWC 16GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2x 8GB memory modules): $1399.99

Astonishingly, the company is retailing the 16GB of RAM memory modules for 1,400 USD - roughly 852GBP or 965EUR (this can be verified via their website). This price is actually higher than the cost of a brand new Mac Mini, in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Starting at $599 in the USA and £529 in the UK, the total cost of a Mac Mini with only the base parts is close to £2,000. A base model iMac retails for £999 in the UK, and the Mac Pro starts at £2041.

While they may not come with such an extreme amount of RAM, the specifications in the higher model iMacs are more likely to facilitate the usage of all the RAM available.  As would be expected, guides to installing RAM in the unibody Mac Mini models already exist, and have been uploaded to YouTube.

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Still, the point they were trying to make (in a bass-ackwards fashion) is still true - Apple went out of their way to inflate their profit margins; even on the mini.

I find it amusing that half the posters must have seen the pricing and NOT READ the article.. APPLE is not selling the Mini's with the xtra RAM.. Its a THIRD party supplier...

TruckWEB said,
+1000 People just don't READ... It's too easy to jump the gun and say that Apple is stupid.

That is typically what goes on around here.

Apple can really get away with anything.This will be a 'steal' considering PC users can do this but I suppose it is because of the size of the mac mini. Curious, is their a PC equivalent to this?

wins thread said,

A Mac is a PC.

/wins thread

And there are quite a few desktop PCs (not servers) that are capable of swallowing *at least* that much - and with the same i5 CPU as the new Mac mini. In fact, you could build one as a barebone for under the price of a minimal mini.

Core i5-2500K - $219.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072)
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 - $124.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495)
G. Skill RIPJAWS 16 GB DDR3-1333 (4 GB x 4) - $109.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16820231312)
Antec High-Current Gamer Series 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU - $89.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048)
Antec VSK-2000 mATX Mid-Tower Case - $44.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16811129069)
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA HDD (bare) - $89.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533)
LG SuperMulti SATA Optical Burner (reads and writes CDs, DVDs (single and dual-layer) and BD media - direct equivalent to now-discontinued Apple SuperDrivePlus) - $79.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226)

Pre-tax total - $759.93

Add the keyboard/mouse/display/OS of your choice and go.

No, there's no separate GPU - surprise; the mini doesn't have one.
The hard drive I chose is twice the size of that of the base mini.
The optical drive (which the current mini lacks) not only burns every optical drive format except DVD-RAM, it includes LightScribe support on top of that.
It's quite capable of running Lion (if that floats your boat); naturally, it's more than capable of running Windows 7 (x64, of course - too much RAM for x32 by a factor of five).

It's more of a Hack midi - but costs less than the mini.


'OWC 16GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2x 8GB memory modules): $1399.99'
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, if anyone buys that they must be insane!!!
Buy it from Crucial and fit it yourself, then spend the money you save on a two week hoilday to somewhere hot!

bomberh said,
'OWC 16GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2x 8GB memory modules): $1399.99'
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, if anyone buys that they must be insane!!!
Buy it from Crucial and fit it yourself, then spend the money you save on a two week hoilday to somewhere hot!

Hahahaha...too bad Crucial doesn't sell any 8GB SODIMM's (they sell kits of 4GBx2). As previously stated, 8GB SODIMM's are pretty much around that price where you can actually find them.

Why anyone would want 8GB or 16GB in a Mac Mini is beyond me...
They are good looking and with Core i5 very capable, but using that amount on that computer is overkill IMHO. If you need that much RAM, chances are you need a more powerful CPU as well...

ajua said,
Why anyone would want 8GB or 16GB in a Mac Mini is beyond me...
They are good looking and with Core i5 very capable, but using that amount on that computer is overkill IMHO. If you need that much RAM, chances are you need a more powerful CPU as well...

They have a Mac Mini that they are branding as a server solution now. 16GB for a server is good and you don't need an extremely fast CPU for a server, just tons of ram.

ajua said,
Why anyone would want 8GB or 16GB in a Mac Mini is beyond me...

VmWare Fusion? Giving a nice 3-4Gb RAM to my virtual Windows 7 x64 PC is quite nice and having OS X still running strong with the rest of the memory is good too.

$1400 for 16gbs of ram?

WTF. id rather buy 2 top of the line computers


Except it's a company called "Other World Computing" selling these, not Apple. And the prices are in-line with getting 16 GB RAM anywhere. And if you need 16 GB of RAM what good is two computers?

Apple is stupid
Yeah... sure.

I'd like to point out this is not Apple branded memory being sold, Other World Computing as the article states is selling this, NOT Apple.

Martog said,
I'd like to point out this is not Apple branded memory being sold, Other World Computing as the article states is selling this, NOT Apple.

Good to note. The price is still stupid, just glad it's not Apple being stupid

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Typical apple.
You do realize that's not Apple selling the ram upgrade but a 3rd party right?

Rudy said,
You do realize that's not Apple selling the ram upgrade but a 3rd party right?

Typical third-party.