upgrade graphic card

maflynn

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With laptops you sacrifice upgradability for portability and to that end, the GPU is not upgradeable. You can only upgrade the ram and storage on MacBook Pros
 

shardey

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The only way you would technically be able to upgrade your GPU, would be by replacing the entire logic board with a newer one, which has the CPU and GPU soldered onto it. Not to mention the fact that the boards may not even fit from a newer one.

Look into selling your computer and upgrading to a newer one. I have seen plenty refurb early 11' 15" high end on Amazon Warehouse go for $1100-1200.
 

mikeo007

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Hi, I'm just replying to give you the same information that each poster above me gave, but in a slightly differently worded way :p

No, you can't upgrade the GPU in a Macbook Pro.
The GPUs in all laptops are soldered onto the motherboard.
 

Sonhascome

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Feb 18, 2010
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Hi, I'm just replying to give you the same information that each poster above me gave, but in a slightly differently worded way :p

No, you can't upgrade the GPU in a Macbook Pro.
The GPUs in all laptops are soldered onto the motherboard.
haha thanks. i was under the impression that you could melt solder since that's how you apply it in the first place, but it doesn't seem that way.
 

royal shrimp

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Hi, I'm just replying to give you the same information that each poster above me gave, but in a slightly differently worded way :p

No, you can't upgrade the GPU in a Macbook Pro.
The GPUs in all laptops are soldered onto the motherboard.
Actually, yes you can. macbooks have non-replaceable cards, but lots of other laptops(alien ware comes to mind) have MXM slots. these are slandered for laptops and if the thermal capacity lets it, you can switch cards. best example is people upgrading from 6970m to 7970m. all they do is take off bottom, heat-sink and replace the card. :)
 

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