6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2012 10:34 AM by CMathis
KevINillinois Level 1 (0 points)

I'm going to purchase a new iMac - can additional memory be added to the unit easily... (as with PowerMacs)?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    yes there is a door at the bottom of the screen that gives access to the memory.


    See iMac: How to remove or install memory

  • X423424X Level 6 (14,215 points)

    You can add or replace ram to imacs. OWC sells various configurations and here's their instructional video on how to do it on a 2011 iMac as an example of how east it is to add.  I assume they don't have one for 2012's because nothing changed from 2011.

  • KevINillinois Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for the timely replys - I have been involved with Macs for a very long time (since the time that you could not change, let alone open a Mac), but this is my first iMac. The directions were very straight forward - thanks again!


    Any suggestions as to who has the least expensive memory - I'd like to max out the ram to 16 GB - it has 4 on board in the box... I don't mind tossing out the 4GB if two 8's are more cosr effective... ?

  • X423424X Level 6 (14,215 points)

    I always recommend OWC for memory but there are other suppliers.  They are very reliable and test their ram.  It may add a few bucks to the price but you can be sure it's proper memory for your mac.  If it fails they will replace it (but I think so will all other ram suppliers).


    Here's the OWC link for iMac ram.  You didn't specify your model year so this link is to all the iMac ram selections.  Click on the year for your model.

  • KevINillinois Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm looking at the 27" 3.4GHz Core i7 Quad-Core...


    The video was great - I'll compare the price ($2199) from my vendor... Looks like about $100 to max out the ram... with wireless magic mouse and keyboard included - 1 TB 7200 HD - 8x SuperDrive and Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GPU...

  • CMathis Level 1 (0 points)

    According to the specs, the memory is consumer accessible on the new 27 in. iMac, but adding memory to the new 21 in. has to be done by Apple.