Video card replacement even possible?

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  1. bailmdb macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone, I have a mid 2009, 15" 2.53ghz unibody MBP. I have the one with the small 256MB video card. I would like to upgrade that part, but honestly I'm not sure if that's even possible in this machine. If it is, would someone let me know what some good options are for me to consider? I'd like to be able to reliably and smoothly run Diablo 3 in particular. I can actually run it right now, but on pretty low graphics and monitor size settings. Would appreciate any feedback! TIA :apple:
     
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    No, you can not upgrade the video card in any Macbook.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    The video card is soldered to the logicboard and cannot be upgraded.
     
  4. bailmdb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, that blows. Thanks for the quick response.
     
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Nope, not possible. The chip is soldered directly onto the logic board:

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  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, only Mac that can replace the video card is the Mac Pro and Hackintosh.
    All laptop and iMac's video cards are soldered onto the logic.
     
  8. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, the 27" iMacs still have a separate dedicated graphics card, but it's not exactly a standard size PCI card. You'd have to get another card from Apple (or pulled from an iMac) in order to replace it.

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  9. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    OOO! Something I learned new today! Thanks!!
    But of course Apple would charge you like 500USD on the GPU lol
     
  10. Mal macrumors 603

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    Yeah, there wouldn't be any way it'd be cost-effective.

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  11. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Sell your MBP and get the new one, if it's inadequate.
     
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    Clearly you don't know much about soldering.
     
  14. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Do YOU know how to do it?
     
  15. iAppleseed macrumors regular

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    What does that do?
     
  16. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    its basically a box with built in GPU that you can connect to your monitor.
    Its capable of 3D boost as well.

    But bit different with this topic.
     
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  19. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    You cannot do it without a special equipment, which could cost more than a new MBP.
    However, there are un-authorized service centers available,
    which have this equipment and could help you to make an upgrade to a better GPU.

    This operation requires a full external compatibility: the same number of pins, the same working interface,
    voltage and current. As a result, the number of GPUs you could upgrade to is limited.

    If you choose this route, read carefully the service center conditions
    to make sure the service center will refund you the cost of computer in case something goes wrong.

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    His MBP doesn't have Thunderbolt.
     
  20. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    My goodness you people sure know how to complicate a simple answer.
     
  21. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

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    2009 model is pre Thunderbolt indeed, my bad.
    This might work as previously mentioned but it is Win7 support only and compatibility needs to be checked: http://www.villageinstruments.com/tiki-index.php?page=ViDock

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    It would be simple if no was the only answer. :D
     
  22. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    I forgot to say that service center should offer the range of compatible GPUs, so you don't need to learn by yourself.
     

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