iMac 4k has soldered RAM.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Aspekt, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Aspekt macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2014
    according to MacRumor's post

    "OWC has torn down the new 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac and has learned that the memory is soldered in, which means it can't be upgraded. Customers purchasing a 21.5-inch Retina iMac should get the maximum amount of memory they can afford at the time of purchase as there will be no third-party upgrade options. The maximum amount of RAM for the 21.5-inch iMac models is 16GB."
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  3. BMWguy206 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    That sucks for the guys getting the 21in 4k models. They're probably not going to sell well and those that did order will probably cancel. Please tell me the 27in 5k Retina's memory is not soldered in as well.
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    It was only a matter of time the 21.5" went to soldered. The RAM is not considered user-accessible, and even on the late 2012/late 2013 is much more difficult to upgrade compared to the 27" or earlier 21.5" models.

    Luckily, RAM on the new 27" 5K is still fully accessible/upgradeable.
  5. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Soldered Ram?

    You won't even notice enjoying that sweet spinning disk .... :p
  6. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    I'm telling you, one day the Mac Pro will have soldered RAM! :p

    Hopefully I didn't jinx it.
  7. tokyodan macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well as you had to rip the machine apart to get to the RAM in the last 2 incarnations of the iMac it really makes very little difference if it's soldered or not.
  9. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    It does, when you are an enthusiast or a tech repairer, RAM that is at least somewhat upgradable is important. Even if it means tearing the machine completely apart. Soldered RAM is a big **** you to tech repairers.
  10. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    The 8GB of soldered RAM is hardly the 21-incher's biggest issue. It pales in comparison to the fact it has a GPU that ultimately cannot effectively handle its native resolution...
  11. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    soldered ram is not a surprise. The late 2012 21.5 models also have non-upgradeable memory. Can't comment on the abilities of the GPU because I haven't seen any benchmarks yet.

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