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Do I need Mac memory to use in a Mac?

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Welcome to the forums!!!

 

As long as the RAM going in is the same as supported on the motherboard, you don't need to buy "Corsairs Mac Memory". Its most likely just a certification on this memory that tells the consumer this RAM is compatible with Macs. I upgraded a Mac Pro 4.1 tower with DDR3-1333 mhz RAM following the spec sheets from a reputable seller on eBay and it works perfectly fine. 

I recently bought a Mac Mini from Mid 2010, just to mess around a bit with MacOS.

The device came with 4gb of ram but I'd like to buy a new kit of 2x4 DDR3 Memory.

I keep finding Corsair's "Mac Memory", What's different about them? And do I need Specific Mac Memory or Can I just put in regular DDR3 SoDimms?

 

Cheers!

Liam

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Welcome to the forums!!!

 

As long as the RAM going in is the same as supported on the motherboard, you don't need to buy "Corsairs Mac Memory". Its most likely just a certification on this memory that tells the consumer this RAM is compatible with Macs. I upgraded a Mac Pro 4.1 tower with DDR3-1333 mhz RAM following the spec sheets from a reputable seller on eBay and it works perfectly fine. 

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No, you don't need special Mac memory. There is usually nothing special about it at all. Macs use standard memory, so you can just use regular DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Also, if you wanted to that Mac mini can use up to 16GB of memory, not 8GB. 

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5 hours ago, CommanderAlex said:

Welcome to the forums!!!

 

As long as the RAM going in is the same as supported on the motherboard, you don't need to buy "Corsairs Mac Memory". Its most likely just a certification on this memory that tells the consumer this RAM is compatible with Macs. I upgraded a Mac Pro 4.1 tower with DDR3-1333 mhz RAM following the spec sheets from a reputable seller on eBay and it works perfectly fine. 

Thank you for the warm welcome and the information! ^^

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