Soldered RAM in a rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pared3s, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Pared3s macrumors regular

    May 14, 2010
    If it was possible, how much would you pay to have someone remove the soldered RAM and install more?
  2. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I wouldn't, this would void the warranty. I would've just ordered the unit with max ram.
  4. ColdCase, Apr 22, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    There is also perhaps only a 50/50 chance the motherboard will still work after the removal and replacement of RAM. Pulling chips off these boards and soldering them back on with the eco friendly (high temp and tricky) solder is not for the timid. Any chance of success requires highly skilled techs and sophisticated equipment. It may be more cost effective to replace the entire board.

    In other words, you would pay maybe $1000 up front and have a 50% chance you lose your entire board (and the money).
  5. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011

    Knowing that the RAM is not upgradable, I would shell out the $200 for the maximal configuration upfront, and not worry about the future. I don't see 16 GB RAM becoming a bottleneck anytime soon. The GPU and video RAM are more constrained.
  6. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    I have a soldering iron send me your MacBook pro Retina and ill take care of it for $20.00 no guarantees it will work though, Or just buy one with 16gb and you'll be fine for many many years
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    bwahahaha - where's my soldering gun? :p

    Seriously though, if you bought one with 8 GB and a year or two later decided you wanted 16 GB, it would be cheaper by far to sell it and buy the latest & greatest (or even buy a used 16 GB).

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