Can you upgrade processors?

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  1. reaganjh macrumors newbie

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    I have a black MacBook with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. If I wanted to sometime in the future... is it possible to upgrade it to the new 2.4? no?..
     
  2. leekohler macrumors G5

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    The only way to do that is to buy a whole new one. In other words, no- you can't upgrade the processor.
     
  3. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    Arent all laptops processors soldered to the motherboard? Thats what i thought. Im probably wrong tho. I wish all laptops were user upgradable.
     
  4. DaveSchneid macrumors newbie

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    Even if you could that probably wouldn't be worth the risk considering a .2 Ghz upgrade would probably not even be noticeable
     
  5. reaganjh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahh I didn't think so. Why do they always have to bring out something new just after i buy a product!!! >.< It happened with my iPod too haha. Thanks for the reply.
     
  6. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    Not quite, you can if you're willing to de-solder the chip from the board, but you'll have to make sure it's the same wattage (TDP) which is isn't hard. I wouldn't recommend it.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Not all are soldered, but MacBook [Pro/Air] are.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You'd have to have some serious soldering skills in order to desolder and resolder a processor. One slip up and it's done for.
     
  9. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Every processor in Apple's portable line is soldered on, though in the desktops they are socketed. If you wanted to unsolder all 775 or so pins, feel free to attempt to replace it.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Actually you need some serious equipment and some of the monkey training to use it.

    Need one of the fancy thermal rework stations that heats the board up hot enough to melt the solder, and do it again to resolder the new CPU board.

    Too dumb a monkey using the station, and chips start popping off, or melting plastic parts.
     
  11. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    christ

    Yes, imagine that. Sometime after you buy a piece of technology, they upgrade it.
     
  12. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    I mean, that's how tech. works.

    You buy it, three months later something else comes out that's better for the original money you spent.

    The point is, you get the usage out of whatever you bought and don't have regrets for not having waited.

    For instance, I bought this thing when the refresh came out for the Macbooks several months ago. It was a bargain refurbished.

    I probably wouldn't have noticed the 200 MHZ upgrade anyways, since I upgraded the HDD and RAM myself. Apple charges too much for hard drive and memory upgrades. It's understandable though.
     
  13. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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  14. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Don't unless your real cute with a soldering iron
     

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