Originally Posted by oztech
The desktop does have the ability to change the problem is the motherboard may not accept the latest processor or the memory maxes out at 1600MHz while things have moved on requiring a new motherboard giving new meaning to forklift overhaul since things are becoming outdated a year later.
So upgrade the motherboard. As long as the specification for the modules includes provisions for backwards compatibility, you plug in all of your old modules (and maybe some new ones) and you keep going.
Originally Posted by DS-21
People still buy desktop computers? Sure, some corporations do, but (leaving aside the stupidity of Citizens United
) actual people?
As for computers people actually buy, I can think of at least two (13" Retina MacBook, 15" Retina MacBook) with their memory soldered onto the board.
Yes, there are a few laptops with soldered RAM, and of course all tablets and phones.
That said, every Mac model Apple sells except
the two you mentioned have modular RAM. The mini, the iMac, the non-Retina laptops, and of course the Mac Pro.
On the Windows side of things, I'm not aware of anything on the market today with non-upgradeable RAM that isn't a tablet. Going a bit further out, I believe Google's Chromebook Pixel is not upgradeable, but that's very similar to Apple's Retina laptops in principle, so I don't find that surprising.