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OWC Announces Industry’s First 16GB RAM Upgrade For Latest Apple Mac Mini Models

Other World Computing announced today through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab the first 12GB and 16GB Memory (RAM) upgrade kits available for the new Mid 2011 Mac mini models announced by Apple last week. These new OWC MaxRAM Kits, estimated to start shipping in seven days, join two existing and most popular memory upgrade sizes – 4GB and 8GB – that are available for immediate ordering starting at $37.99

OWC MaxRAM Memory Upgrades Up To 16GB for newly introduced 2011 models of Apple Mac mini and Mac mini Server with 2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 2.7GHz Intel i5 or i7 processors:

Most Popular Memory Size Kits Immediately Available:

Up to $66 less vs. factory 4GB option for 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

Up to $234 less vs. factory 8GB options for all Mid 2011 Mac mini models.

Power-User Memory Kits for Available For Pre-Ordering:

  • OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (8GB + 4GB memory modules) – $749.99 or as low as $735.99 after OWC offered 2 x 2GB factory memory trade-in rebate. Replaces both existing factory memory modules for 12GB of total memory.
  • OWC 16GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (2 x 8GB memory modules) – $1399.99 or as low as $1384.99 after OWC offered 2 x 2GB factory memory trade-in rebate. Replaces both existing factory memory modules for 16GB of total memory.

OWC Offers More Memory Choices For OS X Lion Users

While Apple’s official minimum RAM requirement for OS X Lion is 2GB, industry experts agree 4GB of RAM is the minimum that should be installed for optimum performance of typical daily computer usage. For more advanced uses such as graphics production, A/V editing, and/or running a virtual machine, 8GB to 16GB of RAM is highly recommended.

With the largest lab of Apple computers outside of Apple, we’re pleased to continue our streak of being first to fully test and certify these new 12GB and 16GB options for Mac min 2011 and furthering their amazing capability,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “Having our own on-site memory test lab ensures the quality, reliability, and capability not just for standard factory supported options, but also for development and certification of ‘MaxRAM’ memory upgrades to support user needs that require higher maximum amounts of installed memory otherwise not factory available.

OWC MaxRAM Lab Confirms Performance And Compatibility

By maintaining its own lab with the industry’s most extensive collection of Apple Macintosh computers only second to Apple itself, OWC is uniquely positioned to develop memory upgrade kits that deliver maximum capacity, performance, and savings. OWC Memory Upgrade Kits are engineered with premium quality components and are fully tested and certified to meet, if not surpass, all Apple memory design and compatibility specifications and come backed by a Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty.


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  • I just purchased a 2011 Mac mini 2.7 i7 with 8 gig ram. I would upgrade to 12 or 16 but it’s very expensive given the computer is over 5 years old. I know ram is expensive now. If you ever have a sale please let me know.

  • WOW, 9658 on Geekbench? Not bad! so if I do these upgrades on mine I go from 8573 to 9658 points… cool, thanks for the infos, you guys are very helpful with your videos and infos, great job!

  • Is this too good to be true? The tech specs from Intel specify maximum RAM supported of only 8GB on the chips used in the mac minis. Can you provide an explanantin of hopw OWC can go beyond the Intel tech specs?

  • Have you done a Geekbench score for the Mac mini server with 16GB?
    Please inform.

  • Now that you got a max’ed out Mac Mini, 16 GB RAM, dual SSD drives ? could you post some geek bench results for this setup ?
    just because I’m planning to buy one really really soon and I want to justify using it instead of my old Mac Pro.

    • I have run a Geekbench (64bit) on our Mac mini Server with 16GB of memory and two Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSDs installed (no RAID). Registered an overall score of 9658. We’ll have more testing and benchmark results to post in the next couple of days – watch the blog for new posts.

  • And here I considered the 2009 Mac mini a “real” desktop with 8GB. :-)

    When I sold off my 2006 Mac Pro tower, it only had 10GB.

    The dual displays support, i5/i7 cpus and memory capacity make for a really nice desktop.

    I can’t wait until I can afford one of my own.