2011 MBP v New Mini

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by irishQ, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. irishQ macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    ugh - my MBP keeps dying. i have cooked the board 5 times now and each time the time between cooks is getting shorter and shorter.

    would new fans help?

    i cannot spend another 2500 on a new MBP (will i have the same problem in 2 years).

    how would a new mini compare to my 11 MBP w/ a ssd?

    or should i just move up to an air?

    i use photoshop and illustrator with an external 27 nec monitor.

  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    A new rmbo does not cost 2500$.
    I'd try to fix the one you have now, first. Changing cooling past or fan might help.

    A mini and a macbook are two different things.
    If all you do is stationary, a mini would be the perfect choice.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I assume that is 2011 15 inch???

    Cooking the board is just reballing the solder on the radeon graphics card in those MBP's eventually this will not do the job anymore, 5 times??? I'm amazed you haven't fried it totally.

    New fans will do the same job as the ones you have so unlikely to give any more longevity.

    The minis are all dual core processors so you would be giving up your quad core and missing out on the retina screen.

    For your use the 2013 or 2014 macbook pro retina would seem to be the way to go, without the dedicated graphics card you should have no problems (although the current 750M and previous 650M have shown no endemic problems).

    Check here in the refurb store


    You can get a great machine for as little as $1500.
  4. thewap, Jan 5, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2015

    thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012
    If you have basic skills for working on computers, you could also install a new board (ebay) Sounds like the thermal paste might be a little fried? - Apple 's thermal paste application sucks btw, doing it yourself = much cooler running mbp, for $300-$400 or less material cost on a 2011 board.
  5. irishQ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    wouldn't a "new board" give me the same problems i am having now?

    i have cooked the board at 400 for 8 mins in my oven, each time the repair life shortens.


    my understanding is the 2011 has a discreet graphics card which is the failure i have, so the 2013 refurbs dont have the discreet graphics card, thus no issue?
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you decide on a Mini, my recommendations:

    DO NOT buy the "entry level" Mini.

    Spend a little more and get the "mid-range" model. You get 8gb of RAM, a considerably faster CPU, better graphics.

    I would also suggest spending $200 more for the fusion drive option. MUCH faster.

    If you don't have-to-have portability, the Minis are very nice little boxes.

    Also -- don't throw out the 2011 MBPro yet. There's a lawsuit about the failed GPU's, and I sense that Apple may agree to some kind of settlement...
  7. thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012

    New board would not give you same problems especially if guaranteed, some sell them with GPU fix. Early stock 2011 boards had issues reported (not all), and later 2011- march 2012 boards much less if any. Got to take issue reports with a grain of salt these days, all Macbooks had more or less issues in their history, small % does not translate to a whole line being borked as panic reports would have you believe. Late 2011 model quads command a hefty re-sale due to their still expandable self serviceable design and very viable performance to this day.

    I think discreet graphics cards are still offered in the 2013 and newer MBP? as well as without..
  8. irishQ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    any reputable "new board" sellers out there, "buy off ebay" seems sketchy.
  9. thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012
    It is always good to check out feedback and return policies of vendors on ebay. There are some very reputable vendors with good parts and others..well its a crap shoot. New old stock boards can also be found (OEM) with outfits on the internet, but more expensive.
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yeah the new ones offer both options

    The higher end 2013 and 2014 models offer NVIDIA 750M, so far this discrete card is fine with no recurring faults showing.

    The IRIS pro integrated graphics on the lower end model is still a great card for an iGPU, and is as good as a dGPU in many use cases.

    If you don't need the quad core or better graphics the mid level mini with a fusion drive should serve you well, be aware however that the RAM is soldered on now so buy what you need when ordering.

    I still think that a refurb 15 inch pro would be better for your use case though and you can't beat that screen....
  11. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I prefer to buy parts from eBay - you can see people's feedback. Anyone selling dodgy parts will soon have a plummeting feedback rating.
  12. irishQ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    any thoughts on performance between $1350 macbook pro 13 2.5 i5 8gb ram 128 ssd and $1199 mini 2.8 i5 16gb ram 256gb flash drive.

Share This Page