Is the "new" 27" Skylake iMac ram upgradeble?

Asianpork

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Is it? The previous iMacs have this easy RAM access after taking out the power supply cord but after checking out the gallery on Apple's site, that access panel seems to be gone.

I really would like to have the 32GB RAM without the Apple tax. +$600 is ludicrous for 32GB.
 

TheBro72

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Is it? The previous iMacs have this easy RAM access after taking out the power supply cord but after checking out the gallery on Apple's site, that access panel seems to be gone.

I really would like to have the 32GB RAM without the Apple tax. +$600 is ludicrous for 32GB.
The RAM is upgradeable on the the 27" IMac. I very recently bought this model and have upgraded myself to 32GB. You access the RAM near the power supply inlet at the rear of the machine.
 

Asianpork

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The RAM is upgradeable on the the 27" IMac. I very recently bought this model and have upgraded myself to 32GB. You access the RAM near the power supply inlet at the rear of the machine.
Excellent. Thank you very much for saving me over $300 with 3 sentences.
 

redheeler

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Is it? The previous iMacs have this easy RAM access after taking out the power supply cord but after checking out the gallery on Apple's site, that access panel seems to be gone.

I really would like to have the 32GB RAM without the Apple tax. +$600 is ludicrous for 32GB.
Yes it is. You can even install 2133 MHz DDR3.
 

Asianpork

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Wait, What??? El Capitan can recognize 64GB? I plan to do a lot of light room and get into Final Cut Pro so 64GB would be like Christmas in June.
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Yes it is. You can even install 2133 MHz DDR3.
Forgive me for sounding dimm (forgive the pun also) but installing above OEM MHz is ok? What are the benefits?
 

DeltaMac

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Not really, El Capitan will recognize more than 64GB, but you still need hardware that supports the additional RAM. The main factor is your new iMac supports 16GB sticks in each slot.
So - Merry (early) Christmas!
 

TheBro72

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Save your money my friend!

I would be very surprised if you would need more the 32GB of RAM in your new iMac. There's a ton of members on here which use their Mac's for various tasks and most of their machines have 32GB of RAM (2133mhz). You will see very little difference in increased performance between this and 64GB of RAM. Why not try 32GB first and see how you go? You can always upgrade if you feel you need to!!

Dependant on which spec machine you have gone for, you might be better off putting that money towards a faster CPU or maybe upgrade to a SSD. You will see more of a difference in performance doing this than buying additional 64GB of RAM.
 
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Asianpork

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Save your money my friend!

I would be very surprised if you would need more the 32GB of RAM in your new iMac. There's a ton of members on here which use their Mac's for various tasks and most of their machines have 32GB of RAM (2133mhz). You will see very little difference in increased performance between this and 64GB of RAM. Why not try 32GB first and see how you go? You can always upgrade if you feel you need to!!

Dependant on which spec machine you have gone for, you might be better off spending that extra money on a SSD. You may see more of a difference in performance than additional RAM.

My main programs in use are Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Final cut, and Lightroom. Adding 4K video editing into the mix soon. So you still advise getting 2133mhz 32GB over 1867mhz 64GB? I am going for the $2199 spec ando nly upgrading the video card to 395X for $250
 

redheeler

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My main programs in use are Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Final cut, and Lightroom. Adding 4K video editing into the mix soon. So you still advise getting 2133mhz 32GB over 1867mhz 64GB? I am going for the $2199 spec ando nly upgrading the video card to 395X for $250
For 4K video editing, I'd recommend spending the money on the 4.0 i7. I doubt you'd need more than 32 GB RAM.
 

Asianpork

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Thank you everyone for the help. 32GB 2133Mhz with i7 4.0ghz config it is.
 
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