Processor upgrade to i7 for Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by INVEST, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. INVEST macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Whether the processor upgrades? There is a desire to buy a new i7 processor and install it in Mac mini (Mid 2011). Which model of the processor will work correctly?

    Perhaps Apple's website has advice on this issue, has not yet found.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The CPU in the 2011 Mac mini is soldered onto the logic board, thus making an upgrade almost impossible unless you have the equipment and training to do such a task.

    Apple does not post advice about upgrading non-user-upgradeable parts for their Macs.

    These are the things you can do with a 2011 Mac mini.
     
  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    It would be a stupid idea anyway. Intel lists the cheapest ivy bridge quad cpu used in the new minis at $378. A new one mini with that cpu would run $800. If you can find one refurbished it would cost $679. There isn't really a healthy market for the used cpus. You would probably spend more money buying used and doing that cpu upgrade than buying a new one, and that is a bad idea. If it's cheap, buy the used one for what it is and enjoy it. You couldn't get around the discrete graphics thing anyway as you'd potentially overtax the power supply with a quad cpu. A 35W ivy wouldn't be worth the money.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Can one even get mobile IB or SB CPUs on the open consumer market?
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    You know I'm not sure, but I quoted that pricing as with desktop and workstation cpus, it aligns closely with newegg and amazon pricing. The point remains it would be a bad idea in this case even if it was possible.
     

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