Is there anyway to upgrade to a better video card????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by erikpmort, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. erikpmort macrumors regular

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    besides buying a macbook pro, is there anyway to upgrade the video card in my macbook? what about upgrading the hard drive, know of any that are bigger for a reasonable price? thankx
     
  2. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    No there is absolutely no way to upgrade the video in the Macbook however, upgrading the hard drive is very easy and instructions are detailed in the Macbook documentation.
     
  3. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

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    The GPU and memory is soldered onto the logic board (motherboard in Wintel speak). It cannot be upgraded. Only way to get better graphics is to wait for an upgraded to the specs and buy a new MacBook Pro.

    While the MacBook hard drive can be replaces with ease, the MacBok Pro requires a fair bit of disassembly.

    The MacBook was a ground-up redesign from the old iBook. But the MacBook Pro was just crowbared into the Powerbook chassis. Apple needs to do some rerious redesign of the MacBook Pro at some point.
     
  4. Queso macrumors G4

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    Virtually every laptop on the market is in the same boat. Graphics cards can't be upgraded. It's one of the things you have to sacrifice for portability.
     
  5. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

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    Actually there is a new Mobile PCI Express Module graphics card standard for laptops out there. The 24 inch iMac uses one (making it theoretically possible to update its graphics - were it not for the firmware/bios issues).

    Apple are not using it in their laptops at this time.

    http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.p...d_in_24_inch_imac_are_apparently_upgradeable/
     
  6. Queso macrumors G4

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    Hence the "Virtually" at the beginning of my post :) It's there, but not used in most laptops currently on the market. It would be nice if Apple start to put it into the MBPs, but I can't see it going into the MBs soon, if ever.
     
  7. DigitalN. macrumors member

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    if you still want it to be 1" thick, I would not expect to see it anytime soon.
     
  8. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Apple didn't ask us if we wanted a 1 inch laptop, they went ahead and made it for us!:)
     
  9. DigitalN. macrumors member

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    true, but I would much rather have a 1" laptop than an upgradeable video card.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Probably representing that vast majority of Apple's market.... ;) Although there does seem to be an influx of people who are more interested in video games since Intel came into the picture. Most of the graphics / design people I know who use Macs do not frequently complain about this issue.
     
  11. reaper673 macrumors newbie

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