Questions about iMac

Sid The Kid

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Hello,

I want to know a couple of things about the 2017 iMac.

1- Is it possible to upgrade the RAM (8GB) to something higher in the 21.5" iMac? Is the RAM soldered?

2- Which 2017 iMac have the RAM soldered?

3- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in the 21.5" and put a SSD ?

4- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in Fusion Drive and put SSD?

5- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in 27" and put a SSD?

6- I saw that we can remove the RAM thing and put new one just by opening the thing behind in the 27". Is it possible to do change RAM in 21.5" just by opening the thing behind like in the 27" or it has to be completely opened?

I know all these information can be found on Google but I think it's a bit confusing and I'm unsure.

Thank you and sorry for these noob questions.
 

Taz Mangus

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Hello,

I want to know a couple of things about the 2017 iMac.

1- Is it possible to upgrade the RAM (8GB) to something higher in the 21.5" iMac? Is the RAM soldered?
For 2017 the RAM is not solder in.

2- Which 2017 iMac have the RAM soldered?
They all have sockets.

3- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in the 21.5" and put a SSD ?
Yes but it would have to be a SATA III SSD.

4- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in Fusion Drive and put SSD?
Yes.

5- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in 27" and put a SSD?
Yes.

6- I saw that we can remove the RAM thing and put new one just by opening the thing behind in the 27". Is it possible to do change RAM in 21.5" just by opening the thing behind like in the 27" or it has to be completely opened?
You would have to open up the 21.5" iMac to get access to the RAM slots. The 21.5" has no access panel for the RAM.

EDIT: keep in mind if you did do any modification to the iMac and you needed to have it repaired, Apple might remove the hardware you installed and replace it with Apple approved hardware. The exception to this is the RAM on the 27" iMac since it is designed to be user replaceable.
 
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EugW

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Hello,

I want to know a couple of things about the 2017 iMac.

1- Is it possible to upgrade the RAM (8GB) to something higher in the 21.5" iMac? Is the RAM soldered?

2- Which 2017 iMac have the RAM soldered?

3- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in the 21.5" and put a SSD ?

4- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in Fusion Drive and put SSD?

5- Is there a possibility to remove the HDD in 27" and put a SSD?

6- I saw that we can remove the RAM thing and put new one just by opening the thing behind in the 27". Is it possible to do change RAM in 21.5" just by opening the thing behind like in the 27" or it has to be completely opened?

I know all these information can be found on Google but I think it's a bit confusing and I'm unsure.

Thank you and sorry for these noob questions.
1. Yes, at the time of purchase. No.

2. None of them. However, in the 21.5", they are not user accessible. (At least not easily.) Voids warranty.

3. Possibility yes, recommended no. Voids warranty.

4. Possibility yes, recommended no. Voids warranty.

5. No. Need to disassemble it. See #2. Voids warranty.
 

Sid The Kid

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For 2017 the RAM is not solder in.



They all have sockets.



Yes but it would have to be a SATA III SSD.



Yes.



Yes.



You would have to open up the 21.5" iMac to get access to the RAM slots. The 21.5" has no access panel for the RAM.

EDIT: keep in mind if you did do any modification to the iMac and you needed to have it repaired, Apple might remove the hardware you installed and replace it with Apple approved hardware. The exception to this is the RAM on the 27" iMac since it is designed to be user replaceable.
Thanks for the reply.
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1. Yes, at the time of purchase. No.

2. None of them. However, in the 21.5", they are not user accessible. (At least not easily.) Voids warranty.

3. Possibility yes, recommended no. Voids warranty.

4. Possibility yes, recommended no. Voids warranty.

5. No. Need to disassemble it. See #2. Voids warranty.
Thanks for the reply.
[doublepost=1499733451][/doublepost]And I suppose that it would be more secure to disassemble the iMac once the warranty expires? I mean no worries that Apple removes the warranty but also make sure that nothing breaks.