MemoryX claims to be the earth’s biggest memory store.
1-800-4-Memory has been selling RAM for well.. forever it seems.
The OWC ThunderBlade claims to be the fastest external thunderbolt drive they have ever made.
21 Years is a long time to do anything but Low End Mac just celebrated writing about Apple computers for more than 20 years.
Boy does time go fast. I was reading this morning that it’s been 10 years of the MacBook Air and I realized that this was the beginning of the end and now in 2018 with a few exceptions it’s all soldered RAM on Apple computers.
At first I thought that this was a bad thing, and I think it was in the days of MacBook Air models shipping with just 2GB of RAM but now the standard config is 8GB I think that for most users 8GB is enough – I know it is for me.
I know that if you’re a power user or pro then a MacBook Air with 8GB might not be enough ram for you but for the most of us it is. Soldered RAM gives us the ability to have computers like the MacBook Air which I doubt we would have otherwise.
It doesn’t seem so long ago that the PowerBook G4 at 1 inch thick was the epitome of thin for a laptop computer but the MacBook Air and it’s lack of ram upgrades combined with the removal of the CD drive changed that and now almost every other notebook today is a MacBook Air clone.
So it seems like we’re stuck with soldered ram for the future as even the last notebook from Apple you could upgrade the RAM on is now 6 years old. In a way I miss the ram upgrades and the prices I tracked but overall I think that soldered ram is good.
I know some of you that want to tinker or squeeze every last drop out of their Mac will disagree but I bet a lot of consumers just buy a MacBook Air and use it without having to worry about upgrades.
Upgrades were a hassle. Yes, you could double the ram from the amount that shipped from Apple but it was costly, confusing on what ram you needed to buy and in some cases you got bad ram or bought it from shady vendor. All this goes away with Soldered RAM.
Yes, RAM upgrades from Apple are a lot of money and you could do better with third party ram but I think that applied more in the earlier years. Sure, you pay more for a Macbook Air but not enough where I think that if you needed a Mac with maxed out RAM it matters. If you’re going to pay over a grand for a Mac, what’s another hundred bucks or so to future proof it for a few more years?
Soldered RAM is here to stay. The days of ram upgrades for your mac are over.
The iMac 27″ 2017 with Retina 5K display can accept up to 64gb of 2400Mhz DDR4 Memory.
There’s four slots to choose from so you have some options when upgrading – from as little as 4GB of RAM all the way up to 64GB of RAM.
SSD drives can be installed in this Mac but it’s a task to be sure.
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