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Removing the RAM is an easy task that requires no tools.

  1. Mac mini Late 2012 RAM Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 RAM Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

    • You do not need to apply much downward pressure while turning.

  2. Mac mini Late 2012 RAM Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

  3. Mac mini Late 2012 RAM Replacement, RAM: step 3, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 RAM Replacement, RAM: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the chip.

    • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

    • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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So if I were to replace the Ram on my mac mini I would only have the option to choose between the 2 gb chip or the 4gb chip? I know dumb question lol.

Bianca - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

2x8GB is as much as those motherboards can handle.

Kevin Shaffer -

Dear everyone,

Does this mac mini accept :

KINGSTON DDR3 PC3-12800 - 2 x 4 Go (8 Go) 1600 MHZ - CAS 10 - HyperX Fury Black Series

Thank you.

Marouane - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I always consult Crucial's memory configuration tool. For a late-2012 Mac mini, see http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible....

According to them, this Mac can go up to 16GB (2 SO-DIMMs of 8GB each). The SO-DIMMs should be DDRL3L-1600 (DDR3L PC3L-12800, CL=11, unbuffered, non-ECC, DDR3L-1600, 1.35v)

The SO-DIMMs you mentioned seem like they should be compatible (CL=10 should work fine in a computer that can accept CL=11). But I would only buy from a vendor that has a compatibility guarantee. If there's a problem, I would want to be able to return them for a refund.

David Charlap -

The SODIMMs don't need to be low voltage DDR3L (i.e. 1.35 volt). In fact Apple recommends (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202593) regular 1.5 volt DDR3 and most late 2012 Mac Minis were shipped with it. So is Crucial wrong? The truth is that either will work.

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