iFixit Begins Selling 2018 Mac Mini RAM Upgrade Kit, Save Up to $275 Versus Apple

Unlike the previous 2014 model, the 2018 Mac mini has user-upgradeable RAM. The repair experts at iFixit are now selling a do-it-yourself RAM upgrade kit for the 2018 Mac mini that can save you hundreds of dollars.


The upgrade kit includes 16GB or 32GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 RAM, the same type of memory Apple uses in the 2018 Mac mini, along with all of the tools and bits needed to complete the upgrade: an iFixit opening tool, a spudger, angled tweezers, a precision bit driver, and three types of 4mm Torx precision bits.

2018 Mac mini models are equipped with 8GB of RAM by default, but they can be configured with 16GB or 32GB of RAM on Apple's online store for an extra $200 or $600 respectively. By comparison, iFixit charges $164.99 for its 16GB kit and $324.99 for its 32GB kit, reflecting savings of $35 and $275 respectively.

Three things to keep in mind:
  • This is iFixit-branded RAM that matches Apple's specifications.
  • If you ever need in-warranty service on your 2018 Mac mini, and Apple detects that you opened up the computer, the Genius Bar may deny service. However, iFixit says this is illegal in the United States under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
  • There is a risk of damaging the Mac mini if the upgrade is not completed carefully.
Those interested in proceeding can follow iFixit's 2018 Mac mini RAM replacement guide.

iFixit also sells the 16GB RAM modules individually for $159.99 each.

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1 week ago

I can’t see risking the warranty (not to mention the time cost) for the $35 savings on the 16 GB upgrade. The 32 is more compelling.


Wouldn't this be illegal under the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson%E2%80%93Moss_Warranty_Act')?
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1 week ago

I can’t see risking the warranty (not to mention the time cost) for the $35 savings on the 16 GB upgrade. The 32 is more compelling.


Au contraire! $35 will buy six bottles of really....



Replace the memory before you drink the savings. /s
Rating: 6 Votes
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1 week ago
I can’t see risking the warranty (not to mention the time cost) for the $35 savings on the 16 GB upgrade. The 32 is more compelling.
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1 week ago

Unlike the previous 2014 model, the 2018 Mac mini has user-upgradeable RAM ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/08/2018-mac-mini-ram-upgrade-process/'). The repair experts at iFixit are now selling a do-it-yourself RAM upgrade kit for the 2018 Mac mini ('https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/Mac-mini-Late-2018-Memory-Maxxer-RAM-Upgrade-Kit/IF171-050-2') that can save you hundreds of dollars.


User Replaceable?
I do not consider the RAM user replaceable, as you have to almost completely disassemble your Mac.
What I consider user replaceable RAM is where you can easily upgrade it without voiding the warranty, or otherwise risking your Mac (Like the 2012 Mac Mini and the 2017 iMac)
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6 days ago at 10:42 am

Ok, I'll bite: what's a "professor fan"?


When the fan gets "tenure" it becomes a Professor fan...
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6 days ago at 05:03 pm
It seems some people think Apple is out there squeezing profit margins by automatically denying service to any system that has upgraded memory. This would be a lose-lose for everyone, and would, in essence, be a decision focused around igniting rage in the most vocal minority for virtually no gain. Your average bear is smarter than this, and so is Apple.

While opening machines with exclusively non-serviceable parts is one thing, it's important to remember that the Mac Mini memory configuration is designed to be upgraded.

To clarify: If you damage your machine while working inside of it, that damage isn't covered, and we can all agree that it shouldn't be. If your 3rd party memory fails, that isn't covered, and we can all agree that it shouldn't be. Aside from that, there are zero issues to be wary of.

You may want to keep your old memory around as a test stick, as it's great for proving that your memory isn't the problem. The act of opening your system and servicing it doesn't void your warranty, and there are no breakable seals you'll encounter, just be careful in there and you'll be totally fine.

Source: ACMT ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205332')
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6 days ago at 10:15 am

Wouldn't this be illegal under the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson%E2%80%93Moss_Warranty_Act')?


Yes it would. Macrumors is almost certainly misinformed (and subsequently misinforming).

The general rule is if Apple detects a problem CAUSED by the RAM replacement they could deny a warranty claim. But if a processor fan failed, they certainly couldn’t deny the warranty claim because RAM was replaced.
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6 days ago at 11:33 am
Here's what I bought and it works great, do yourself a favor please, paid a little more than $263 for this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071H38422/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BYCPMR5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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6 days ago at 10:07 am

I can’t see risking the warranty (not to mention the time cost) for the $35 savings on the 16 GB upgrade. The 32 is more compelling.


AFAIK it can be replaced here in Europe without losing your warranty, think it's not different in the US, someone told me last time.

Au contraire! $35 will buy six bottles of really....



Replace the memory before you drink the savings. /s


You call that cheap wine, you can get a dozen here.:D
Better buy and install the RAM first, then go out and buy the dozen....;)
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1 week ago
The whole process didn't take 15 minutes. Yes, it is user upgradable.

But yeah, I leave in part of Europe, where most people are used for DIY things...
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