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Jonik 04-24-2011 07:28 PM

RAM upgrade needed on mac mini 2011?
Hi all,

Our mini is running a bit slow as of late - I'm not sure whether that is just psychological or whether it actually is running slower, so I was wondering whether you could tell me if the RAM etc could do with an upgrade, and how much it might help performance?

We use it mainly for plex, itunes, iphoto and general web browsing.

Hare are 2 screenshots of the RAM usage during a typical day in the life of our mini...!

How do I know if we need more RAM/that the RAM will be of any use?

Thanks very much


triptolemus 04-24-2011 07:43 PM

You could do with more RAM. See all that stuff on the right column...vm size, swap...that is activity which is written to/from disk...which slows things down.

Do a ram upgrade, whatever you can afford, but not from apple. I slapped 8 gb in my mini...from amazon. Much cheaper than apple. With 8 gigs, my page outs and swap are at zero...even while running a windows 7 virtual machine...

Ttaylor394 04-25-2011 10:52 PM

That's a cool screenshot. Where did you get that.

indychris 04-26-2011 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by Ttaylor394 (Post 1224954)
That's a cool screenshot. Where did you get that.

Activity Monitor under utilities. Click on the 'System Memory' tab.

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