Can you upgrade 2010 MBP Video card?

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  1. marddin macrumors 6502

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    After reading through the MBP forums and seeing graphic designers/web designers having issues with scaling and the retina display I think I will pass on the RMBP. I currently have a 2010 15" MBP. Is the video card upgradable? I know the HD and Ram are the only upgrades done with ease but can a skilled professional successfully upgrade a video card along with maybe more dedicated ram?

    Thanks in advance for any replys

    Martin
     
  2. leenak macrumors 68020

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  3. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    In mac laptops. :D
     
  4. leenak macrumors 68020

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    You know laptops where the video card can be upgraded? I thought it was pretty standard practice to solder them.
     
  5. marddin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    as did I, but i figured i'd ask anyways
     
  6. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    I think you can on some alienware laptops.
     
  7. Qusus macrumors member

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    "Technically"

    Technically, you can swap out the GPU in certain PC's (Alienware, Asus, Clevo maybe?) etc as they are not soldered into the main board.

    Of course, doing so might still require fabrication. In addition, you are limited to a VERY VERY narrow range of GPUs and there's no real aftermarket to purchase them except off eBay. As you can imagine, it's ridiculously expensive in addition to being convoluted.

    Technically, you can upgrade the GPU in a couple laptops. Practically speaking, doing so in any production laptop is so expensive and labor intensive that it makes almost absolutely no sense to do so.
     
  8. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502

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    Wish mods would step up and make a sticky about questions like these
     
  9. brand macrumors 601

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    Why? If people can't be bothered to search then they wouldn't read a sticky.
     
  10. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502

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    true but an attempt by the mods would be nice.. most forums I'm a part of you have a welcome email that informs and urges you to please read certain stickies.
     
  11. sweetbrat macrumors 65816

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    Considering that the question was referring to a 2010 MBP, what was the point of this comment? :rolleyes:
     

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