Are there better logic boards to upgrade to besides core 2 duo?

I have a 2010 Macbook Unibody A1342, I was wondering if it is possible to to find a logic board with a a better processor then the one I have, which is intel core 2 duo 2.26 Ghz. I can't seem to find any websites that would suggest other boards besides the 2009 model, which would be downgrading for me. I would like to find a logic board with at least a core 2 quad core that would fit in my Macbook. Please let me know if this exist, and/or if anyone has been able to just swap the processor in the board alone. I know it's soldered on, but it doesn't seem like anyone has even tried. Thanks for the replies in advance.

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Lets start off talking about swapping processors - Many surface mounted chips like CPU use small solder pads across most of the mounting surface. These chips are very difficult to remove as well as apply without the proper equipment which most of us just don't have. Which is why you don't see people doing it.

As to swapping out logic boards Apple (as well as other laptop makers) tend to re-align things internally as needed to gain the best cooling of the newer technologies and location for the other devices that need to fit in to as small as possible to cut costs. As such swapping logic board between generations is often very difficult.

Between it all, the costs and labor it makes sense just to get a newer system that meets your needs.

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I completely agree, and understand your reply. Thank you. I know it would be very difficult to swap a board from a completely different model. Getting a new computer would be the easiest option, but I don't feel I need a new computer, and would much rather just swap the board if possible. Thats why I wanted to know if a better board for this model of macbook exist.


I agree with Dan here. A friend of mine tried to upgrade their older Macbook thinking that it would cost just the $250 that he paid for the logic board. He soon found that he needed to buy a new heat sink, bought it and then found that he needed a new fan, bought it and found out that he needed a new bottom case, and he also had to get a new screen to go with it. The total cost in the end was only $80 cheaper than the base model MacBook Pro 13", and that is not factoring in the time that he spent. DONT DO IT! Just invest in a newer machine.

Just my 2 cents


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