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Apple MacBook Pro Quad-core i7 teardown

Apple MacBook Pro (2011 Quad-Core i7): Teardown

In 2011, Apple updated its MacBook Pro notebook line with Intel Quad-Core i5 and i7 CPUs, more-powerful AMD GPUs, and Intel's new Thunderbolt connection technology.

Follow along as we crack open a 15" MacBook Pro for a look at the impressive hardware inside.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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11 comments
nhattamlaptop
nhattamlaptop

in Vietnam have also repaired the macbook pro quad core.

nhattamlaptop
nhattamlaptop

??? Vi???t Nam t??i c??ng ???? s???a ch???a qua macbook pro quad core.

ronf57
ronf57

in photo 68 you say it is a AMD HD6490M, then in photo 83 you say it is a AMD HD6750M. this is the second tear down I have looked at by you and I am appalled that the editors don't catch your errors and don't require text explainations. The playbook teardown was a joke citing a chip reference only and never stating what the chips do unless it is in the description supplied by that chip reference source. You omit commentary about these components and therefore limit your articles value to a "peek inside"where i don't have to try to read chip numbers. But if you can't get them right that value is also missing. Very shoddy work, sorry.

Jinkemari
Jinkemari

That's quite a way of saying - cracking open and fixing back 2600$ worth MAC and using it as a test machine :)

ccrdesign
ccrdesign

Could this problem be Sandy Bridge related? Jim

coldnorth
coldnorth

I had the same issue with 1Dual core i7 and 1 Quad core i7, users reported macbook locking up after a few hrs with no set pattern or specific software running, but depending on the image on screen a distorted video would appear so probable bad video ram. We followed the standard Apple SOP reformat & reload, drive , RAM . I checked the fans, voltages , TM paste and the Apple diags told us everything was fine!!!!. Finally replacing the mainboard in both solved the issue, we have had no call backs since the mainboard replacement.

bnordberg
bnordberg

Mine has gone back several times for service as it locks up after 2-3 hours. Sounds like this is a common problem - did you find too little thermal grease?? Anything that will keep this computer from throwing kernel panic errors!

futureittech
futureittech

@ronf57 YOU ARE A BIG IDIOT. THE WORK HE DID IS AWESOME. BUT IS NOT FOR IDIOTS LIKE YOU.


gikstar
gikstar

Could not have any effect on this since this Mac is using the 1156 motherboard I5 / I7, not the new SandyBridge 1155 2500 series processor

mail.dave
mail.dave

The 10.6.7 update has resolved lockups on the latest MacBook Pros, for many people. See the Apple discussions forum for more discussion of this.

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

What rock have you been living under? The new macbooks run Sandy Bridge chips. There isn't a first gen i7 chip that has a base profile of 2.0 or 2.2ghz, they're 1.7,1.8 and 2.13. If that's what they're calling 2.0 and 2.2, that's some highly questionable rounding. The new MBPs ARE succeptible to the sandy bridge sata port failure because they ARE using the defective 1155 chipset and the superdrive IS on a sata II port. The reason ports 0 and 1 don't fail on the reference board everyone quotes is because they're Sata III. Apple is roling the dice and betting that time and applecare will render the failure a few years down the road a moot point. That being said, no this problem is not related to the Sandy Bridge issue, it's related to half-assed engineering in a metal coffin.