I'm about to buy a new Mac Mini and I would like to know if it's enough with 8GB RAM or I would need 16GB. Linked is my MBP 15 early 2013 16GB RAM usage in a current daily usage.

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  • Why sweat it? You can add memory to the 2018 mini. youtube.com/watch?v=qKyv0QP4XPQ Memory usage has always gone up with each new version of an OS. Check warranty before installing it yourself. – historystamp Jan 28 at 21:53

I have the Mac Mini 2018, and I bought it with the 'default' 8GB of RAM. With several apps open, but just idling, it was at the 'top' of the Green memory pressure band, and loading it beyond that, either with 'work' or data, would start to bring it into the yellow band.

I regularly had about 2Gb of swap, and the same of compressed memory. Don't forget that the Intel Graphics unit takes 1.5 Gb straight away.

I've just installed 32 Gb of RAM (from Crucial, not Apple!), and the difference is palpable.

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