Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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Logic Board Replacement compatability question

Hello, I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" (A1286). I have a question regarding the logic board. I have the base model which has a 2.0ghz i7 cpu. The logic board is this. I am wondering if I can replace it with this. Both Logic boards say they are compatible with the A1286 model but feature different cpu/graphics cards. I am finding that I need just a little bit more horse power and graphics power so instead of selling and buying a new computer I thought I would just get a new logic board and sell my old one. I am quite savy with computers and making repairs but, I wanted to make sure everything would work before I bought the new board. Thanks

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To directly answer your question. they take the same heatsinks and upper case so the mounting holes will line up. They take the same LVDS/video cable so there will be no conflict there. They are interchangeable.

I highly suggest you put your money into other upgrades, such as maxing out memory or a SSD hard drive. The performance increase from these upgrades you will notice, especially increasing RAM. The difference in the processors on the 2 boards is so negligible that I doubt if you would see a full minute difference re-encoding a 2 hour movie, which is a processor intense operation. Upgrading the processor is typically the last bottle neck on a computer and it shows the least amount of gains in performance.

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If you need more horsepower than this machine offers you might seriously consider parking this beast or selling it and buying a Mac Pro or leaving Apple and acquiring a multicore, multiprocessor server - if you can't afford the Mac Pro in that flavor. This laptop offers more horsepower than 90%+ of the laptops and/or home computers in use today. It is one of the most powerful laptops built to date.

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so can its mean, all Unibody versions are compatible between each other? I mean, if I have some faulty logic board in MacBook 15" 2009, can I put logic board from same form factor model but from 2011???

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I'm also wondering the same thing. I have a late 2008 15" unibody macbook pro, I'd like to put a 2011 i7 in here, if its possible/interchangeable.

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hi can i replacement Cpu on Logic board MD314? or the Cpu on Logic board is onboard?

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