Replacing Graphics card in MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by I'mAMac, May 19, 2010.

  1. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    I have been searching for a little while on if it is possible to swap out the discrete graphics card in the latest MBP's. Since they aren't integrated anymore it seems like it would be much easier. I know it is unibody but there has to be some way to open it right? I'm not that familiar with the architecture yet as mine hasn't arrived. Anybody know if it is plausible?
  2. nomad421 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2009
    I was musing about the same thing about a month ago. Unfortunately, I was informed that the discrete GPU on the MBPs is soldered to the motherboard. In particular, I had wanted to replace the 330M with a 360M . . . same arch. but double the number of cores. It seems that this is not possible, but if you discover otherwise, please let me know!
  3. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    It has been impossible to upgrade either the graphics card or processor since the G3 PowerBooks. No Apple laptop has ever had an upgradable graphics processor. Most laptops don't... if you want to upgrade the graphics in your machine go buy a Mac Pro.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    This might be the lowly MacBook, but the MacBook Pros are still 1 logic board for everything.

    Basically, upgrading the card means replacing the entire machine.

    Even the iMac with a distinct GPU card suffers from inability to replace the card with anything but a card from the same era GPU from Apple's parts catalog -- making it cheaper to swap the machine, if you cannot snag a deal on a parted out wreck.


    from kodawarisan, the take apart photos
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It is soldered onto the logic board, as is everything else, unless you have mad soldering skills and can write new chipset drivers, I'd forget about it.

    BTW, about 99% of laptops out there aren't upgradeable any further than RAM, HD, and expansion slots.
  6. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    Discrete means separate, but something can be separate while still being adhesed onto the board in a BGA fashion that disallows 99% of the general population to properly replace it.
  7. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
  8. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    LOL, no it is not possible to crack open the unibody, like an impossible bottle, they build the innards piece by piece.
  9. calsci macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2008
    they are easy to take a part but no you can't replace graphics cards.

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