MacBook Pro Video Card Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lil' brudder, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. lil' brudder macrumors 6502

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    Hey all, this may be a really stupid question, but I need an answer on the quick. I tried googling it, but couldn't find what I needed to know, and I know this is probably easy knowledge for most everyone here. So here is my question...

    Does the Santa Rosa MacBook Pro have a separate graphics card, or is the graphics card part of the logic board? I know it has discrete graphics, but I am considering buying one, but it has an issue with the graphics card. If I can install a graphics card, great. I just don't want to pay for a new logic board. Thanks!
     
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    I think Santa Rosa MBPs have 8600M GT which is still covered by warranty as Apple extended it due the popularity of the issue.
     
  3. lil' brudder thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The one I'm looking at on eBay said it was already sent to Apple. I guess that alone makes me a little wary of it, but it is also dirt cheap, so I don't have much to lose. Is the 8600GT a separate part or is it integrated into the logic board? I know it is discrete, but I've found no 8600GT part.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    The graphics card is a part of the logic board.
     
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    I think it's integrated/soldered onto the mobo as I can't find one which is compatible with MBP
     
  7. Relznuk macrumors 6502

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    It shouldn't be. Apple will still fix it if you bring it in due to an extended hardware defect found in the 8600GT cards. Take it in - you just might get a replacement!
     
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    You're right, it is soldered to the logic board.

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    The GPU is the large chip on the left right above the southbridge (chip that says "intel"). As you can see, you won't be disassembling this anytime soon.
     

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