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Replace logic board or buy new MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2012 15in 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 15in 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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Apple will likely supply you another defective motherboard which will be used. The GPU problem is a long standing problem with Apple in the Macbook Pro is a long standing problem with Apple. Periods that have a known problem are 2008-2016, but 2011 was particular bad.

A guy by the name of Narfash at Fry's computer in Palo Alto has reportedly been able to fix the motherboad, and I was quoted $150 for the repair. It involved changing the GPU and reconfiguring the heat sink assembly, but it requires the use of a reflow machine and you have a one shot chance of fixing it; kind of like surgery. Narfal is Apple certified, but the vast majority of Apple certified technicians don't have this ability, experience, nor a reflow machine.


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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 :(


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 recommend you consider taking the laptop to a technichan by the name of Narfal who works at the Palo Alto Fry's Electronic's store. Narfal is both Apple certified, has component level experience, his own reflow machine, and experienced fixing the problem you describe. I had the exact same problem as you. And for the record the Macbook Pro has had serious problems with its motherboards since at least 2008. The problem was most commonly with the AMD chipset, even though the chipset itself wasn't the problem. In many cases it was the lead free solder and its associated whisker effect. You may want to look up the class action suits against Apple online. Unfortunately those suing mistakenly cancelled the suit thinking Apple would fix their computer, and Apple merely offered them another defective logic board, usually resulting in failure as well. I think Narfal quoted me $150-$180 to fix the defect which involved changing the heat sink as well as other repairs. Don't send your laptop to Apple


You need a technician who is not only Apple certified, but has his own reflow machine, and substantial component level experience. Apple doesn't fix anything. They just swap out the boards. And for the record they are mainly run by a bunch of project managers with minimal or no background in material science. However, I give them credit for making one of the best screens out there.


Also try to buy windows computer with same tech specs and download software from Hackintosh, done before extremely useful. No bad windows software, or you can also use linux on a cheaper windows computer.


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I am from SA, I have a Macbook Pro A1398 with 15” retina display early 2013. It starts up with first sound and black screen. Have reloaded OS with online repair and even with 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.


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