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Replace logic board or buy new MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2012 15” and it has that GPU panic issue.

I took it to Apple care and they said the only way to fix it was to replace the logic board, which is £600. A new MacBook Pro 2015 15” today is £1,749.

If I replace the logic board, is there any chance that this GPU panic issue will come back?

So here is my dilemma: Have the logic board replaced OR buy a new MacBook that is £1,149 more expensive than having the logic board replaced?

What do you guys think is worthy?

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I've got the same problem! Do you guys recommend someone in Brazil, Sao Paulo who'd fairly diagnose and repair what's wrong with the Logic Board?


I need help as well. My gpu (apparently) has been giving me major issues. I bought this less than 3 years ago in india. apple says there's nothing wrong with it and they just installed Sierra. I really don't want to buy a new laptop. this is my second MacBook that has basically had motherboard issues.


I’m from South America, I have a MacBook Pro A1398 with 15” Retina Early 2013.

It starts up with first sound and black screen. Have reloaded OS using OS recovery and even put on windows using boot camp.

Tried all resets but doesn't work. It running very hot. Can you advise me to somebody in Johannesburg, South Africa to fix the logic board not replace it.



I’ve unwittingly just bought one of the dud MacBooks and now it is beyond the Apple program… anywhere in London I can get Logic board replaced reasonably?



I have the same issue, been to honeywell on Garratt lane (Earlsfield) and they’ve quoted me £500+. I’ve decided to bin it and get a new one.


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In my opinion it should have been included in both the class action law suit and ensuing

MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues

I wouldn't take it to Apple for the repair as the problem was theirs in the first place but they were so unethical as to not admit it or fix it. Of course they say they know exactly what it is. Why would you trust these guys with doing the repair? They don't plan to fix it but sell you a new logic board and the labor and charge you through the nose for it. That'll fix it even if it is just a $1.00 fuse and they don't have to even think to do it. And your warranty? 60 days. What a peachy deal! Then in2018 they're going to tell you its a "legacy machine" and they aren't allowed to even work on it.

First let's not trust what Apple told you as far as what's wrong with it. Did you get it writing? Did they charge you for the diagnostic? What exactly did they say failed and why did it fail?

Let's do our own diagnostic. Please tell us what is happening with it.


It's Apple Part # 661-6491

Here's how to install it:

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement

The problem is that because of supply and demand (so many failures of their board) they are in short supply.

I'll do some research on this today to see if I can find a competent company that will do a repair on this board and replacement of the chip. This best person to look at will be Louis Rossman. I'll get back to you.

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The MacBook was completely dead, it wasn't switching on at all. I took it to Apple care, they ran a test on it and discovered that it's a GPU Panic issue. So they sent me the quote with a diagnostic included. The diagnostic stated that it's a GPU panic issue. For the Mid 2012 models, the GPU, as far as I am aware, is attached on the logic board and the only way to have it working again is to replace the logic board. They also said that the replacement program was ended in December, 2016 :(


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Hi, I had this problem a couple of months back - ‘panic'‘ issue resulted in my laptop crashing intermittently.

All of the official Apple repair places I went to said that the logic board was defective, and that it was no longer possible to find a replacement as Apple had stopped making them in spite of acknowledging that they were defective between 2012 and 2014. Apple told me that the laptop was effectively bricked.

I did eventually find a solution which did not require my logic board to be replaced, and I have had a fully working laptop since.

For anyone in the UK, I really recommend these guys. The work cost £180 - much less than the £350+ to replace the logic board…if there were any available.

What I have been told (for others to verify), is that between 2012 and 2014, Apple used a solder for their chip boards that did not include lead. This meant that the solder melted at lower temperatures, and over time this caused faults to occur. The fix is therefore to replace the solder for the logic board, rather than replace the board itself.

It took me many hours of research to work this out, and so I hope that this message will help some of you to repair your laptops more quickly and at a lower cost. Good luck!

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There are many posts and videos that state it has nothing to with AMD chips or how they are soldered. it all comes down to a bad capacitor on the circuit going to the AMD chip on the logic board. Replace the capacitor with a better one and it permanently fixes the issue. There are YouTube videos demonstrating that the capacitor is the issue and how to replace it. Paying for a new logic board only fixes the video/boot issues until that capacitor goes bad — and eventually it will. There are also many posts on ways to have the Mac OS stop using the AMD chip and only use the integrated Intel graphics. The MacBook becomes usable again — but with lower graphics capabilities. Google phrases about MacBook AMD chip fixes - bad capacitor - nvram fixes, etc to find the posts and videos.

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