Third-Party RAM for 27-inch iMac Still Far More Affordable Than Apple's Checkout Upgrade Options

Apple yesterday announced a new 27-inch iMac with faster 10th-generation Intel Core processor options, next-generation AMD graphics, and up to a whopping 128GB of RAM.

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To max out the RAM at checkout, Apple charges an additional $2,600, which is like buying another whole ‌iMac‌. Fortunately, the memory in the 27-inch ‌iMac‌ is user-replaceable thanks to the easily-accessible memory backdoor slot, and there are far more affordable options available from third parties.

OWC offers 128GB of DDR4 PC4-21300 RAM that's compatible with the 27-inch ‌iMac‌. The total cost on Amazon is $599.99, or $2,000 less than Apple charges its customers. These are the OWC memory upgrade kits available, compared to the prices that you'd pay when purchasing an ‌iMac‌ from Apple:

Apple provides instructions for users wanting to install memory in an ‌iMac‌. Note that the RAM in the 21.5-inch ‌iMac‌ models, which were not updated yesterday other than a change to the base storage configuration, is not user-accessible.

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ph001bi Avatar
51 months ago

Do we know why they are so ridiculous, aside from the fact they are Apple?
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51 months ago

I bet user upgradable ram is gone in arm iMacs.
Tim Cook is heavily innovating in new soldering techniques and glue chemicals.
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51 months ago
I bet user upgradable ram is gone in arm iMacs.
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plek Avatar
51 months ago
This has always been the case.

It would be a massive shame if they take away the ability to upgrade the RAM yourself in future iMac re-designs.
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51 months ago
Do we know why they are so ridiculous, aside from the fact they are Apple?
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51 months ago
No surprises there.
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