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In IT, the term “max out” often refers to working with hardware to upgrade the device or add capacity or features. This phrase relies on the idea that computers and other devices are made with the ability to expand or be upgraded according to the owner’s budget and desire for extra functionality.
Maxing out a computer might consist of adding RAM memory, or adding enhanced video or graphics capability. Both of these can be added through installing specific hardware components inside a case, or putting them into slots that attach to the motherboard. Assigning the ports of a device is another part of maxing it out.
Maxing out physical computers was popular in the days of the desktop or tower computer. With these types of devices, which had a large and accessible build, it was relatively easy for the average user to go in and plug cards into slots and add memory, etc. Retailers would help users with routine questions about maxing out a computer or device.
By contrast, many of the most modern devices do not have the same versatility. Most laptop owners will never add a memory or hardware card to their device. Smartphones are another excellent example – there are really no viable ways to max out an Apple iPhone or other kinds of smartphones in the ways that were very common back in the desktop computer age.