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    Upgrading a Late 2014 Mac Mini. How much faster am I looking at here?
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    The retailers you think of typically sell memory or RAM modules, for RAM chips one has to get them from a distributor or a specialized retailer that sells electronic components.
    Although I would think those are becoming fewer and fewer since there aren't that many hobbyists that build their own circuits from scratch.
    Seems swhen I google for RAM chips, all I get are RAM modules.

    If you know the manufacturer and the product code of the chip (which would be marked on it) you should be able to find some place on the net where you can buy that.

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    Upgrading a Late 2014 Mac Mini. How much faster am I looking at here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestone33 View Post
    About 2 or so years ago, OWC had a sale on 8 Gig of RAM for my machine, and I went ahead and purchased it. Installation was a snap, but like others said, it did not increase the speed much at all (if at all).
    Many well meaning users will oversell you on the need/advantages of installing more RAM. They do so based on common wisdom that is about a decade out of date.

    Apple has been using advanced memory compression and very smart memory management since Mavericks, and it's become more advanced with every major new version of the Mac OS released since:

    Understanding Compressed Memory on the Mac

    OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica

    Once you get over about 8GB's of RAM, unless you are doing something really RAM intensive, like editing video or doing animation, there will be drastically diminished returns by upgrading to more RAM.
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    Upgrading a Late 2014 Mac Mini. How much faster am I looking at here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    Apple has been using advanced memory compression and very smart memory management since Mavericks, and it's become more advanced with every major new version of the Mac OS released.
    Thanks, at least I know now what is meant by "Memory Pressure"

    I ended up increasing my 2012 Mini RAM to 16GB simply because the price at the time wasn't much more than for 8GB - I found at the time it really made a performance improvement coming from 4GB, but I'm also still running the original spinner drive.

    I run the Mac 24/7 so boot up time is not an issue and I also leave all the apps running that I use regularly so I don't think changing the drive to an SSD would do much for me.
    The 2017 MBa I just bought has an SSD in it - yeah it's faster to boot up and launch an app the first time, but after that I don't see a noticeable boost in performance.

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    Upgrading a Late 2014 Mac Mini. How much faster am I looking at here?
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    Thanks, at least I know now what is meant by "Memory Pressure"

    And here, I always thought that Memory Pressure was that thing when you get older and trying to recall what the last thing you started out to do actually was, but you just cannot remember.


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