External RAM??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by seafarm, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. seafarm macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    I know this is a long shot, but is it possible to mount external RAM on a 2013 iMac? I've read that it is nearly impossible to install manually, so external sounds like an idea.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    External RAM is not possible. I take it you have a 21.5" iMac then since on the 27" RAM is easily user accessible.
  3. seafarm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    Yes, you're right. Forgot to mention that. Well ok, 8 gb isn't terrible anyway. ;)
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    "External" RAM?

    Upgrading RAM in recent iMacs depends on your screen size.
    A 27-inch iMac has a door on the back - pop open the door, and insert the RAM.
    Easy - ifixit.com calls it "moderate" difficulty.
    The 21.5-inch has to be sliced open, and is a challenging upgrade - but not "impossible". iFixit.com only has a teardown video, and no individual repair guides for replacing parts on the thin-edge 21.5-inch iMacs.
    This page has videos showing how to upgrade both sizes of iMacs.
    I think it's easy to see that you need to think twice before opening up the 21.5-inch iMac.
    The 27-inch, by comparison, needs very little prep, other than the RAM.

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