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A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: November 07, 2018 06:47PM
This guy did a great service. Clear pics, too.

[www.trunghoangphotography.com]



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 07, 2018 07:48PM
That is pretty much the same as any Mac Mini for the last 8 years or so.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 07, 2018 07:49PM
Nice guide, surprising he got one posted before iFixit. I hadn't heard that they went with non-soldered RAM on the new model.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 07, 2018 08:08PM
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C(-)ris
That is pretty much the same as any Mac Mini for the last 8 years or so.

Not quite... 10, 12, 14 minis could have ram replaced in about 30 seconds.

I think we discussed the RAM being DIY on the day of the keynote... but I couldnt find a post.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 07, 2018 08:12PM
Ah, they moved the ram so you have to take out the logic board. I've done so many of them that I didn't think about that. The take apart is the same as the older ones, you just have to remove the motherboard now to do it.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 07, 2018 08:25PM
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C(-)ris
That is pretty much the same as any Mac Mini for the last 8 years or so.

Not quite... 10, 12, 14 minis could have ram replaced in about 30 seconds.

2014, you'd have to be wikked fast with a soldering iron.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: gabester
Date: November 08, 2018 06:26AM
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Sarcany
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jdc
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C(-)ris
That is pretty much the same as any Mac Mini for the last 8 years or so.

Not quite... 10, 12, 14 minis could have ram replaced in about 30 seconds.

2014, you'd have to be wikked fast with a soldering iron.

I was about to exclaim "Hallelujah!"

Then I looked at how difficult this is, relatively speaking. $%^&$##! OK, maybe it's just a bunch of screws after the screw off bottom, and delicate cables.

Then I remembered that you can get a NUC and RAM and a PCIe SSD for a fraction of the cost, and they just pop open. Like this one:

$529 [www.bhphotovideo.com]

$200 m.2 1TB SSD [www.frys.com]

$120 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM
$120 [www.newegg.com]

$970 Total

$850 for a higher end NUC [www.amazon.com]

$1390 Total...

And you can add a second SSD, while you don't get optional 10 gig ethernet you do get TWO gigabit connections...

I don't know why I'm shouting here for kids to get off my lawn. I'm clearly not Apple's target market anymore.
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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: November 08, 2018 07:00AM
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gabester
I don't know why I'm shouting here for kids to get off my lawn. I'm clearly not Apple's target market anymore.

thanks for the first laugh of the morning, gabester.

And yeah, Apple can make it oddly hard to love them sometimes. So many times when I think "man, they could've made so much happiness had they just done it this way."

My head scratcher of late is, "just how much would it have cost Apple to have kept all of Pages '09 features in the upgraded Pages?"



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 08, 2018 09:49AM
tuqqer, thanks for that!

I've been scouring the 'net to find that exact information.

You could see the RAM was obscured by the opening, compared to the 2012.

This is still doable but I knew it wouldn't be the same when a tech reviewer was told by an Appe Event rep that it could be done by anybody with a moderate skill (or something like that).


Not quite...

No, not at all.

Ok, there are SO-DIMM sockets unlike the last mini. There's that.

Changing RAM in my 2012 was cake.




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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 08, 2018 01:14PM
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gabester
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Sarcany
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jdc
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C(-)ris
That is pretty much the same as any Mac Mini for the last 8 years or so.

Not quite... 10, 12, 14 minis could have ram replaced in about 30 seconds.

2014, you'd have to be wikked fast with a soldering iron.

I was about to exclaim "Hallelujah!"

Then I looked at how difficult this is, relatively speaking. $%^&$##! OK, maybe it's just a bunch of screws after the screw off bottom, and delicate cables.

Then I remembered that you can get a NUC and RAM and a PCIe SSD for a fraction of the cost, and they just pop open. Like this one:

$529 [www.bhphotovideo.com]

$200 m.2 1TB SSD [www.frys.com]

$120 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM
$120 [www.newegg.com]

$970 Total

$850 for a higher end NUC [www.amazon.com]

$1390 Total...

And you can add a second SSD, while you don't get optional 10 gig ethernet you do get TWO gigabit connections...

I don't know why I'm shouting here for kids to get off my lawn. I'm clearly not Apple's target market anymore.

Other NUC option with slightly better graphics and newer quad core than your lower priced option:

$395 8th Gen Quad Core i5 NUC
[www.amazon.com]

$150 1TB SSD (frequently on sale for $130)
[www.amazon.com]

$120 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM
[www.newegg.com]

$765-785 Total for 32GB setup

Add $31/DIMM for lower latency RAM to eke out a bit more GPU performance.
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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: hal
Date: November 08, 2018 02:46PM
I'm a macos junky - I'd LOVE to get one of those NUC's, but they can't run macos
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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: fauch
Date: November 08, 2018 04:54PM
Putty knife???
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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 08, 2018 05:23PM
I'm a macos junky - I'd LOVE to get one of those NUC's, but they can't run macos

This is exactly my position.

If I didn't have to run a marathon of hurdles and hoops, I'd have no problem with getting NUC or two.

I do not have the patience for maintaining a Hackintosh.




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must suffer with him.

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except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

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And hope is a lousy defense.

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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 08, 2018 06:05PM
My work Mac is a 2017 NUCintosh. It can be done and in fact this one was my easiest one but it’s certainly not “It just works.” You have to follow the cookbook recipe at Tonymacx86 and have an *interest* in doing it but Hackintoshing the NUC is the easiest Hack. All RAM works and all SSDs work, so the hardware is pretty much set in stone, there’s no guesswork.

But the key thing is the motivation to do it. I have that motivation cuz I’m a cheapass. That’s the specific thing for me as I love the Mini (I have 6 btw work and home) but I’ve not paid full price for any of them. And minis are the cheapest Macs. So I use NUCs now. My 6 NUCS are all newer than my 6 Minis.

Yes, 12 total. Don’t ask.
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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 08, 2018 10:25PM
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Lew Zealand
$765-785 Total for 32GB setup

Id want another $100 for a NVME PCI drive, but still under $1000.

However, if you want a real GPU to drive 3 screens, no can do.

Or if you want a 5K display, add another $1000.



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Re: A Step-by-Step HOW TO REPLACE RAM IN A 2018 MAC MINI
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 09, 2018 12:46PM
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Lew Zealand
$765-785 Total for 32GB setup

Id want another $100 for a NVME PCI drive, but still under $1000.

However, if you want a real GPU to drive 3 screens, no can do.

Or if you want a 5K display, add another $1000.

What are you comparing to? The 2018 Mac Mini? A 2013 Mac Pro? An iMac Pro? The Hades Canyon NUC? I can't tell. A number of those machines don't do some of those options you mention.

As for the drive, if you're backing up VMs on that drive then the NVMe will come in handy as long as your backup can also take advantage of the bandwidth. I haven't done anything day-to-day which makes the extra NVMe bandwidth noticeable, ever. I'm running a very good one in my NUC right now (512GB Toshiba RD400) and the noticeable speed difference when I upgraded from a Samsung 850 EVO was zero. Feels the same. Same goes for the WD Blues, of which I have 3, 2x 500GB and one 1TB. All are simply fast, but then I don't do video editing, maybe NVMe would make a noticeable difference there?
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