RAM upgrade late 2013 (newest) MacBook Pro

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  1. jdebar macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I am about to buy the new MBP 15" for $1999. I would prefer 16gb of RAM but it only comes with 8gb. Can I upgrade the RAM afterwards?
     
  2. MrTemple macrumors regular

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    You can buy it with 16gb for +$200.


    Not possible, it's soldered in.
     
  3. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    Can I, by myself, buy an extra 8gb ram and add it to this Macbook pro 15 late 2013 with 8gb ram?

    Here
    http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs-retina/
    Apple says 'Configurable to 16GB'.

    Does this mean, it is upgradeable only in the initial purchase? Only as built-to-order(bto) order?
    Is it upgradeable in apple service center?
    Isn't it user upgradeable?
     
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    No. No. No. No. No.

    It is soldered on the logic board, you have to buy the configuration you want, it is absolutely not upgradable.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    No, ram on the retina Macbook Pros are soldered onto the logic board, which means what you buy is what you get, no upgrading. Depending on your needs, usage, and estimate on how long you'll keep it. You'll want to choose wisely, for most people 8GB is enough, but I can understand going to 16GB just in case
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    No, you cannot.

    The RAM is soldered to the logic board.

    The only way to configure it to 16GB is to go to the online store (store.apple.com) and configure it to 16GB on the spot there.
     
  7. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    It is a pity that Apple deducted this option from new mbp.
    In my previous mbp(2007, 2011), I had the option of installing new ram, whenever I needed it.
    Now, I should wisely choose right from the start, and almost be able to predict my computing future.
    It is good to have a retina mbp, but this is negative.
     
  8. Kariya macrumors 68000

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  9. foush macrumors newbie

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    Hard Drive..

    OK - so we all know that you can't upgrade the memory. But what about the Hard Drive. The size of their new flash drives seems to be on the small size to me (256G when you want 8GB of RAM). So, can you upgrade the hard drive? I GOOGLED and Checked forums and can't see to find and answer.

    THx
     
  10. bradleyjx macrumors member

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    The flash drive can technically be upgraded, as it's a seated card. (this page will give you an idea what you're working with)

    However, it's relevant to note that, in the two revisions so far of rMBPs, the SSD connector has been different in each. (see this page) If the connection continues to change (unlikely, but possible) or the form-factor changes, causing incompatibility, it may be difficult 2-3 years down the road to find a replacement SSD which is actually an upgrade.

    The 10,000-foot view on the rMBPs is to consider them entirely un-upgradeable, and configure them accordingly when you purchase them.
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The flash storage is upgradeable in that you can remove a couple screws and swap it out. The problem though is at this point no third party company makes a replacement/upgrade that fits. OWC was making replacement flash storage for the 2012 and prior models, but Apple changed the connector for 2013. I think I read somewhere OWC said they were working on this.
     

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