Mac mini 2008 CPU upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mac magnus, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. mac magnus macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    hello i read online that the mac mini cpu before the 2009 model can be upgraded so i was wondering can i put an all new cpu in my mac mini from 2008 with intel iris pro 5200 and all that stuff, if yes do i have to upgrade other things too, i would appreciate it if you helped me:)
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    No, you can't change the graphics and there are only a few CPUs (they are all several years old now) which are compatible. What CPU is in your mini now?
  3. mac magnus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    Intel core 2 duo T5600 1.83 GHz. Im a Big n00b with these things why is it imposible to upgrade the cpu to a new one
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    The new processors use totally different memory, and aren't compatible at all. You can only go up to about a 2.2GHz with your mini so it's not even worth doing.
  5. mac magnus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    Is it possible for me to change that memory so i Will be able to use the processor
  6. cyber16, Apr 29, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2014

    cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    You are limited by the Intel chipset that is on the logic-board.
    The chipset only supports certain processors and ram.
    This is the same with ANY Intel based computer be it Mac or PC
    Your options are limited to the support of the chipset only
    You can upgrade the CPU to the same vintage/generation and upgrade the ram to PC6400 800mhz from the pc5300 667 mhz.
    Really not worth the cost or effort.
  7. mac magnus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    can i change the chipset then i don't see why intel would sell chipsets separately if your not able to upgrade the chipset:confused:
  8. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You can't upgrade this computer. "Chipsets" are not sold separately. If you were building your own PC you could buy a new main board, processor, RAM, etc. and have a new computer. You can't do this with a Mini.
  9. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Think of it this way: you can't (easily) put a Ford engine in a Chevy car, or a Honda transmission in a VW. They're simply not compatible. Now, you could (possibly) put a Ford V8 in a Ford truck that came with a Ford V6.

    You can upgrade your Core 2 Duo with another Core 2 Duo of the same generation. You are stuck with DDR2 667MHz RAM. If I were you, here's what I'd do:
    1) MAX the RAM. It'll take 4GB and show 4GB, but ~3.3GB is all you can actually use. Upgrade it to either 3 or 4GB of name brand DDR2 RAM.
    2) Install an SSD. I wouldn't waste a ton on a super-speedy SSD; you're heavily limited by your mini's SATA I speed. Still worth it, though - I just priced a 240GB SSD for $90 for an upgrade project at church.
    3) Leave the CPU alone. The upgrades are costly, complicated, and simply not worth the trouble - believe me, I've done it before (though that was an early Core Solo mini to a Core Duo - that WAS worth it, as it was faster AND added a CPU core. You can't make that big of an upgrade as you're already dual core and that's the most you can get, plus the highest speed available to you is ~2.2GHz and you're already at 1.8. Just not worth the trouble).

    If you do these things, this mini will be a respectable performer. And IDK what OS you're running, but I'd probably stick with Snow Leopard for that machine. Personally, I have a 2009 mini and it's not much higher specced than yours - I have a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 8GB of RAM, and a 120GB SSD. Very respectable machine with those upgrades.

    Can you? I didn't think the '08 supported 800MHz... but I could be wrong. It's not mentioned on, either.

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