Upgrade MBP 2011?

conamor

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Hi!
I have this MBP early 2011, upgraded to 8GB ram and a 256GB SSD. It's not dying and still fast!

Issues: battery is slowing dying, but that is fine. Fan seems to run a lot when running Zoom.us conferencing service. Graphic card is not performing as it should for Zoom.us. Sometime the video cameras of the other participant are just black and sometime mine is.

Should I now be upgrading? :)

Question about the CPU; mine has a "Core i5" 2.3 13-Inch (Early 2011/Thunderbolt) features a 32 nm "Sandy Bridge" 2.3 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (2415M).

How can I compare this to the newer mbp, 13in, 1.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor?

Will I run into issues again regarding the graphic card?
Can I upgrade the ram / ssd by myself or they are soldered?

Thanks!
 

InuNacho

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What OS are you on? My 2012 cMBP also kicks up the fans pretty much all some pretty mundane things so I wouldn't worry about that. The black screens could be solved by an OS update perhaps?
 
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conamor

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I am on High Sierra, I had Catalina installed with the patcher but I thought first that was the issues so I just went back to high Sierra... Ill try again tonight maybe updates were not completed!
Thanks!
 

hftvhftv

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For clarification your MacBook Pro does not have a separate GPU, it is located on the CPU itself, so there's no way it could be dying as your CPU would also be dying or already dead by now. It sounds like there is a problem with Zoom.us.
 
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conamor

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For clarification your MacBook Pro does not have a separate GPU, it is located on the CPU itself, so there's no way it could be dying as your CPU would also be dying or already dead by now. It sounds like there is a problem with Zoom.us.
Thanks!
I did not update the post but after downgrading from Catalina patcher to High Sierra, + updates - It's all fine. I believe there was an issue with the driver or something!
 

hftvhftv

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Thanks!
I did not update the post but after downgrading from Catalina patcher to High Sierra, + updates - It's all fine. I believe there was an issue with the driver or something!
Yes there will be quirks when running software on unsupported hardware. Pre 2012 Macs don't have Metal API support.
 
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Fishrrman

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I wouldn't put any more money into a 9-year-old MBP. So long as it's running ok, just use it "as it is.

BUT... if you want another MBP that -is not- "big screen" (16"), you should HOLD OUT until the new 2020 MBP 14" is released later this year.

It would be a SERIOUS BUYING MISTAKE to get a MBP 13" now -- it still has the butterfly keyboard which has a very high failure rate...
 

conamor

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I wouldn't put any more money into a 9-year-old MBP. So long as it's running ok, just use it "as it is.

BUT... if you want another MBP that -is not- "big screen" (16"), you should HOLD OUT until the new 2020 MBP 14" is released later this year.

It would be a SERIOUS BUYING MISTAKE to get a MBP 13" now -- it still has the butterfly keyboard which has a very high failure rate...
Thank you very much! I'll wait!
 
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