Upgrade graphics chip?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brokencloud, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. brokencloud macrumors newbie

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    Hi I found this on ebayhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330684909759#ht_820wt_956

    it is a graphics chip... now i was under the impression that it was not possible to upgrade the graphics card/chip on a macbook. I would love to upgrade so I can improve my quality of gaming. This may not do much as the macbook is a 2006 with OSX 10.6.8. The machine is really sturdy and runs great so I'm not really looking to replace it quite yet so I'm hoping you might have some advice if I can maybe upgrade this old macbook. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    That chip will not fit in that Macbook. Even if it could, you'd have to desolder many very tiny pins and resolder just as many. Not cost effective nor is it worth the time.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Not possible. Your graphics chip is internal to the chipset of your MacBook and cannot be changed.
     
  4. brokencloud thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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    It is possible to change your GPU, but for f#&k's sake, DO NOT USE A G84-602-A2!!!

    That is the chip Apple recalled. It's a piece of garbage.

    The G84-603-A2 is pin for pin compatible, runs half as hot and never dies. It was released in 2011 as an answer to the G84-602-A2.

    However, if your laptop has an ATI graphics chipset, or is not a pro model, that GPU will not work. Further, without advanced BGA rework equipment, it will end in tragedy.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    His MacBook is 2006 = Intel GMA950. It is not possible.
     
  7. niketnyt macrumors newbie

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    MacbookPro 17 replacing GPU w/ G84-603-A2

    So I'm looking at replacing the failed video chip in my 2007 MacBook Pro 17"
    With the Nvidia G84-603-A2. I understand that this is a suitable replacement and will fit. I'm sending the logic board off to a company that has the equipment to accomplish this task.
    What I'm looking for is feedback from anyone that has done this or has any experience or knowledge of this newer Nvidia chip, fail rate, heat issues, etc.
    Basically I do not want to get back into the same problems again with video going bad on my MacBook Pro.
    Thanks all
     

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