Whats the max RAM memory for my late 2012 Mac Mini?


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Hi!

Here's my Mac Mini:

SSD: 500GB
Model Identifier: Macmini6,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version: 276.0.0.0.0
SMC Version (system): 2.8f0

Assuming I can find compatible RAM, whats the max RAM this system can handle?

Can it go to 64GB?

More?

Thanks!
 
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Hello,

You have a Mac mini Server (Late 2012). It uses 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM RAM, and has two slots. You have two 8 GB sticks installed. Unfortunately, the 16 GB you have currently is the maximum that it can support.

-What version of O X/macOS?
-Is there a specific need for more RAM?

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Hello,

You have a Mac mini Server (Late 2012). It uses 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM RAM, and has two slots. You have two 8 GB sticks installed. Unfortunately, the 16 GB you have currently is the maximum that it can support.

-What version of O X/macOS?
-Is there a specific need for more RAM?

C
Mojave 10.14.4

The system is just getting easily bogged down.

I typically have 15-20 tabs of FireFox (56.0.2 64-bit) open and after awhile, it just gets s-l-o-w.

I like this verion of FF because of the beloved extension Tab Mix Plus. It is a godsend but it will
not work on FF Quantum and above.

Also Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar and Clipple are two more that I depend on that will not work
in the latest version of FF (66?).

At times I will also run --at the same time as running FF-- MS Remote Desktop & Excel and/or Word.

I've got two memory utilities always running: "Memory Clean 3" and "Memory Cleaner" & I'm having
to choose the "Extreme Clean" option of "Memory Clean 3" and/or the "Optimize Memory" option
of "Memory Cleaner" more and more frequently as I use the system until I get to the point where
I just reboot.

So short of getting the new Mac Mini, I was hoping to push the RAM to its max and see if that helps.
Its a cheaper option than getting a new one.

Suggestions?

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OK, thanks.

There really isn't anything you can do to speed up your current Mac mini. You could replaced the HDD with an SSD, but it's not a super simple procedure. How much free space is left on the drive?

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OK, thanks.

There really isn't anything you can do to speed up your current Mac mini. You could replaced the HDD with an SSD, but it's not a super simple procedure. How much free space is left on the drive?

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Already has a 500GB SSD.

About 132GB free.
 

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OK

The only other thing would be to disable any real-time antivirus apps, try pausing any cloud-based syncing, review/update the Firefox Add-ons and possibly try disabling a few to see if it speeds up. Also, make sure you are clearing your Firefox cache. Any 32-bit apps/extensions could definitely slow down the system, as Mojave is quite finicky when it comes to non 64-bit software.

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Ok, thanks, I'll give those suggestions a go.

Whats faster: Mac Mini or a "real" Mac desktop?

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Normally, Mac Pros are the fastest, followed by iMacs. The new Mac mini is very fast. MacBook Pros are faster than MacBooks, which are faster than MacBook Airs.

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