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Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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Can I upgrade my mid 2010 MBP to a 2.8 GHz Core i7 logic board?

Hi guys,

my mid 2010 MBP is having some problems with the video card so I have to replace the whole logic board and since I have a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 processor I was thinking to upgrade it but I have some doubts: I did some research and officially looks like there are only two logic boards for my Mac:

- 2.53 GHz Core i5 (I5-540M), code 661-5472

- 2.66 GHz Core i7 (I7-620M), code 661-5526

But I also found out something about a 2.8 GHz Core i7 (I7-640M) processor, which looks like it works for my version but I'd like to be 100% sure.

Looking at this page I understand it should be fine, but in this Apple topic there is no official documentation so I don't know...

Could pls help me clarifying this doubt? Thanks a lot!


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Assuming your A1297 is a M2010 you should have no problem swapping in the i7 logic board.

Good luck!

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Alessandro, did this work? I have the same problem and question - I need to do a replacement, and would like to upgrade to 2.8GHz to avoid getting a logic board with a faulty GPU. Would love to know if this worked for you. Thanks!

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Hi Jennifer,

I'm sorry but I can't help you because at the end I got a 2014 MBP. The reason was I couldn't find that specific logic board I was talking about, it was always out of stock, and anyway it had a price of 700/800 bucks, which is crazy considering that is 7 years old.

The others should cost around $ 400-450.


They all have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, so it is no more reliable. However, it is very likely that the current logic board you have can be fixed by someone who does macbook component-level logic board repair, as the culprit for the GPU issue is most likely the fault of a tantalum capacitor (reference designator C9560) that becomes unreliable over time, shorting the GPU's power supply to ground intermittently. It's a very common issue for 2010 15" MacBook Pros with GPU/kernel panic issues


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