Mac Mini (Early 2009) CPU is NOT Upgradable

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rw3, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    I just opened up my Early 2009 Mini and took the heatsink off to find.....the processor is glued down like in the XBOX 360s. Dangit!!! Thought I might be able to go up to the T9600. Oh well.....

    -rw3
     
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  3. rw3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    rw3

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    It's already back together and back in the box and going back tomorrow. It's glued on the 4 corners just like MS does with the XBOX CPU and GPU.
     
  4. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    As I mentioned in the other post, it's glued just as it is on all the recent macbook/macbook pro's.

    Just like this:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/First-Look/MacBook-Pro-17-Inch-Unibody/618/3

    The glue doesn't hold the CPU down though. The CPU would stay just fine with the ball grid array being soldered directly to the board. I have a feeling the glue is to just help with flex, but I really don't know exactly why the corners are glued.

    Why are you returning it tomorrow?
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Just like the Microsoft did with XBox 360 to stop the Red Ring of Death. Shame since it was one of the few Macs that could be tinkered with.
     
  6. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but I don't fully understand why, as the glue will flex too... and the heat sink has enough downward pressure to hold it in place, you would think.
     
  7. rw3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I bought it with the intention of upgrading.....I was going to try a number of 1066Mhz FSB Mobile C2Ds....
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The cpu is becoming a minor component with the advent of Snow Leopard's OpenGL. If Apple's to be believed, your 2-core Mini will become an 18-core system after you put SL on it. We'll see...
     

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