MacBook Pro ATI upgrade?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by KingYaba, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I have found a local guy selling the low end macbook pro for a really nice price. I'm just curious is there a way that I could upgrade the video card to the 256 instead of the 128 in the future?
     
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  3. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    He/She's right, the video card, er..., chip is soldered on to the logic board, making it very difficult if not impossible to upgrade/replace.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I would have said video card but that implies it's on its own separate PCB from the logic board. So it'd be GPU and memory soldered onto the logic board. :D

    One logic board has 128 MB and the other 256 MB.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sadly, the gpu and vram in the MacBook Pro can not be upgraded. :eek:
     
  6. KingYaba thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm really rakin my brain here, cuz the guy will sell me that low end macbook pro for 999 bucks (In Person). I'm trying to see if I really need that graphic card. I'll say it's quite an upgrade from my G3 Pismo and eMac for one thing.
     
  7. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    that doesn't sound legit... lol

    but if it is, what a great find you've got! the video card shouldn't hold you back. if you're doing anything that would actually demand a better card than what's in there, you should probably think about moving to a desktop instead, anyways.
     
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The extra VRAM is quite simply not of any use to most people these days. Few games currently take advantage of that much VRAM, and the system rarely does. Unless I REALLY knew I needed 256MB for some reason, I wouldn't even think about it. Are you planning on doing high-end gaming or running motion? If not, don't worry.

    That said: $1000 MBP, and you're wondering whether to buy it or not?! Either it's stolen, there's something seriously wrong with it that is not covered by the warranty (or voided it--it got dropped or something), or the guy selling it is an idiot.

    There's no way a fully functional MBP that's still under full warranty (and it's not old enough for the warranty to have expired "naturally" yet) is only worth $1000. Rember that if the warranty hasn't been voided by an accident, you can still buy another 2 years of AppleCare for $350 (or less, if you shop around).
     
  9. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    Unless you are heavy into 3d rendering or 24/7 gaming I would say go for it. Although, it does sound to good to be true. Keep in mind that if you pick it up for $1000 you can sell it on ebay for quite a bit more and put that towards the 256mb should you decide that you need it...
     

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