6630M Teardown?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by FrancoisC, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. FrancoisC macrumors 6502

    FrancoisC

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal, Qc
    #1
    Hi all!

    Has anybody who has a mini with a 6630M made a "teardown" yet?

    I've seen the iFixit one with the Intel HD3000, but I'm curious to see the difference in logic board/motherboard between the 2.
     
  2. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

    ezekielrage_99

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2005
    #2
    I'm guessing it would be roughly the same due to the fact the CPU and GPU are soldered to the mainboard...
     
  3. FrancoisC thread starter macrumors 6502

    FrancoisC

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal, Qc
    #3
    It must be almost the same, but the HD3000 is integrated with the CPU, the 6630M is not. And on the i3/HD3000 board, there's no space for an additional chip, so there must be some difference.

    Anyway, I'm just curious, when I get my tools I'll probably check on mine.
     
  4. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

    ezekielrage_99

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2005
    #4
    It's soldered to the mainboard not the CPU, the though did cross my mind to upgrade the GPU but it wont be possible.
     
  5. FrancoisC thread starter macrumors 6502

    FrancoisC

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal, Qc
    #5
    I'll say it again, with a link this time, Intel's HD3000 GPU is "soldered" within the processor:

    http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/CS-031174.htm#1

    I know the 6630M is not upgradeable, but obviously there are 2 different logic board for the new mini.

    In fact, even the i5 and i7 version have the HD3000, but it's not activated

    [​IMG]

    Uploaded with ImageShack.us
     
  6. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2007
    #6
    Actually, for Sandy Bridge processors, the Intel graphics chips are on-die with the processor, not a separate chip nor integrated in to the Northbridge any longer. You could say they are "on-cpu", though technically they're still separate from the CPU. I think Ivy Bridge integrates graphics more in to the CPU itself.

    Here are some pics from TechRepublic of the ATi chipset:

    http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/...52&tag=thumbnail-view-selector;get-photo-roto
     
  7. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Location:
    Bath, UK.
    #7
    What chipset does the Mac Mini use?

    As on PC with the Intel Z68 chipset and a good motherboard you can use Lucid Virtu for simultaneous Integrated/Discrete GPU on Sandy Bridge platforms...
     
  8. japtor macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #8
    I think it (non Radeon one at least) has a HM65 chipset, but I couldn't find anything about using it with Quick Sync and a discrete GPU.

    And I think Virtu is for pre-Z68 systems.
     
  9. thedenethor macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    #9
    Looks like Intel BD82HM65 is used in Radeon version. According to above link from tech republic.
     

Share This Page