User replaceable processor in MBP?

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  1. boonlar macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering if anyone knew if the processor in the new macbooks was user replaceable or is it soldered to the motherboard?
     
  2. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    i don't know why, but i've seen many, many (everyone) say "NO" to questions like this.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Most likely soldered to the logic board, but since no tear-down has appeared, we don't know yet.

    Maybe have a look at ifixit for tear-downs, to get a hint, how the CPU might be not socketed.
     
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    That's because they are not user-replaceable. Unless you are wondering why people are saying no without having seen the insides of a new MBP. In that case, I can tell you it would be extremely difficult for Apple to add a socket and maintain the current form factor. There's not much physically different between the last generation and the iX chips, so there is no reason to believe that Apple would be able to (or want to) use a socket now if they haven't in the past. A socket adds weight, thickness and cost, and probably takes away from the cooling system since it insulates the bottom of the chip from the board. A socket is a somewhat complex mechanical device since it needs a locking mechanism and a bunch of pins to touch the contacts on the bottom of the processor. It is an additional failure point when assembling the system, and securing the CPU in the socket likely can't be done on the same equipment (pick-and-place machines) that places all the other components (including the CPU for a non-socketed CPU) on the board.

    I don't even know if Intel sells mobile ix chips in a form-factor that can be socketed.
     
  5. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    Thank you :) (not sarcastic)
     

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