New 27-inch 5K iMac teardown confirms support for up to 64GB RAM

27-inch iMac supports 64GB RAM

OWC a.k.a Other World Computing, a popular third-party hardware vendor for Macs, has revealed on their blog that the latest 27-inch iMac with 5K display from Apple supports up to 64GB RAM. This is twice the amount of what the first generation 27-inch iMac with 5K display supported.

Apple only provides customers with the option to upgrade the RAM to 32GB on the new 27-inch iMac.

OWC confirmed in its testing that the new 27-inch 5K iMac with model ID 17,1 supports up to a maximum of four 16GB RAM modules for a total capacity of up to 64GB. The company has already announced its 64GB MaxRAM support for the all-in-one, and will also start offering 32GB and 48GB RAM kits for it shortly.

Other notable revelation from the teardown of the 27-inch iMac include a memory installation procedure that is similar to previous Retina iMac, a removable CPU, and a removable 32GB SSD stick.

OWC also torn down the new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display and has revealed that the PC comes with soldered memory. This means that your best bet is to upgrade the RAM as much as possible at the time of buying the computer since it cannot be expanded at a later date. The only other thing OWC noted in its tear down of the all-in-one was its noticeably slower startup time compared to the 27-inch iMac that comes with a Fusion Drive.

[Via OWC Blog]

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