Hello fellow apple users - upgrade the ram on a mid 2014 21.5 inch model?

Butler82

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is it possible to upgrade the ram on a mid 2014 21.5 inch model: A1418 imac? If so how much would it be able to support ?
 

kschendel

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Wiki says that your RAM is soldered on-board, so no. I think all of the 21.5 inch models have soldered RAM, probably to minimize production costs and hence sale price.
 
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DeltaMac

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Just to clarify kschendel answer about RAM for all 21.5-inch iMacs - The late 2011, 21.5-inch iMac (and going back to the first 21.5-inch, Late 2009) is easily upgradeable by the user.
iMac 21.5-inch, 2012 model and both 2013 models are not easily upgradeable, requiring challenging disassembly to get to the slots.
The Late 2013 21.5-inch, and later, all use soldered memory - no slots at all.

The OP's mid 2014 iMac did not even have a RAM option. 8GB only.
 
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Stefan johansson

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All it takes to change a soldered RAM, is lots of skills. Of course,if you're not familiar with working inside old ZX-80 kit computers,or building your own digital amplifiers from scratch,don't even think of removing any soldered parts from your computer yourself.
 

Fishrrman

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Fast answer: no.
The RAM is soldered in.
What is has, is all it can ever have.
 

Butler82

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Just to clarify kschendel answer about RAM for all 21.5-inch iMacs - The late 2011, 21.5-inch iMac (and going back to the first 21.5-inch, Late 2009) is easily upgradeable by the user.
iMac 21.5-inch, 2012 model and both 2013 models are not easily upgradeable, requiring challenging disassembly to get to the slots.
The Late 2013 21.5-inch, and later, all use soldered memory - no slots at all.

The OP's mid 2014 iMac did not even have a RAM option. 8GB only.
do you think you would operate smoothly with audio engineering software such as Logic Pro
 

DeltaMac

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Should be OK.
Best would be if the iMac has a flash storage drive, or at least a fusion drive option.
A spinning hard drive on recent iMacs can be a little iffy/draggy.
If you have the flash storage, that operates on the fast PCIe bus.
It can really make all the difference, if you need to do some task that likes a lot of RAM. There's no way to upgrade the RAM, but you can certainly make sure the storage is as fast as you can make it.
 
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