Have you received, or are you planning to purchase one of Apple’s new Mac Minis, or one of the new ultra-thin 2012 iMacs? You’ll probably want some extra RAM to make your new Mac really sing – but don’t pay Apple’s premium prices! You can upgrade your new Mac to up to 32GB of RAM for less than $150! Here are a few deals you might find useful:
- Buy.com: Single Crucial 8GB DDR3 RAM upgrade for $44.74
- Crucial: 16GB (2 x 8GB) upgrade for $83.99 (Crucial guarantees compatibility with late 2012 iMac)
- Newegg: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8G) for $82.99
- Newegg: G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8G) for $73.99
- Newegg: Corsair ValueSelect 8GB for $36.99
- Amazon: Kingston ValueRAM 8GB for $42.99
- Amazon: Kingston ValueRAM 16GB Kit (2x8GB) for $71.99
- Amazon: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) for $82.99
- Amazon: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) for $47.88
- Amazon: Corsair ValueSelect 16 GB (2×8 GB) for $69.99
- Newegg: CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8G) for $69.99
The RAM will also work Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pros (non-Retina, of course). I personally use a 16GB Corsair Vengeance kit ib my 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s been working like a champ for a few months now with no issues! Apple charges a whopping $300 for a 16GB RAM upgrade in the Mac Mini – a full 3-4 times as much as it costs to install and upgrade the RAM yourself! Yikes!
Give yourself a break, flip Apple the finger on their outrageous upgrade prices, and save some cash! Just as a guideline: The Mac Mini and MacBook Pro feature two RAM slots, while the new 27-inch iMac contains four slots (the 21.5-inch iMac does not have user-replaceable RAM). Happy upgrading!
*Updated 12/26/2012 to reflect end-of-year sale prices.