Does 3rd party RAM void warranty?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by boynigel, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. boynigel macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2009
    i'm on the verge of getting a new 27" imac. was thinking of getting one with only 8GB of ram so i can update myself for less than what apple charges. i have a feeling this would void the warranty. hopefully i'm wrong.
  2. nambuccaheadsau, Sep 19, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018

    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Well with a 27" you are wrong, so go ahead and add more memory. With a 21.5" model, which has to be cracked and nearly the entire guts removed, yes you do void that warranty.

    With the iMac being a single glued screen, strongly suggest getting the additional AppleCare insurance, and if you are in the US or Japan, make that AppleCare+.
  3. wardie macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Also if upgrading the RAM yourself is important to you for $ reasons (like me) and you were thinking of waiting until an iMac 2018 is announced (maybe, see other threads), then note there is _speculation_ that a new iMac may remove the “door” for users to upgrade the RAM themselves on the back of the 27 inch machine. Don’t think anyone’s seen any evidence of it either way but with Apple’s other models this has been the trend.
  4. bbnck macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    If it voided your warranty, would Apple provide a RAM access door on the iMac and publish clear instructions on what type of memory you need to use?
  5. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Likely would not void the warranty, but if you start having RAM type issues with third-party RAM installed Apple will have you remove the RAM and see if it can be replicated without the third-party RAM. This is their step to identify if it is the RAM or something more.
  6. boynigel thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2009
    thanks comic book-guy
  7. bbnck macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    You're welcome. I promise I won't respond like that next time if you promise not to ask questions like this again.

    Just kidding, ask away ;)
  8. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Umm, he had a point.

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