Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Can you upgrade a Penryn MacBook logic board to a newer generation?

I have a black 2008 2.4GHz Penryn MacBook (the last generation of the black macbook; I ordered it new about a month before the unibody design was announced) and I am finding that many of the locked-in specs (Intel Graphics, DDR2 ram, 1.5Gb/s SATA bus) are aging and becoming insufficient or harder to upgrade.

I would like to know if there is any logic board with a newer chipset (supporting DDR3, 3.0Gb/s SATA bus, nVidia graphics, and if possible keep or increase the 2.4GHz speed) that can replace the current logic board.

From my searching, it looks like some of the unibody 13" MacBook and MacBook Pro logic boards may fit, but they are slightly different, and I'm sure there are subtle differences I'm not aware of.

I love this MacBook model for its minimalist all-black design, and would like to at least keep the black shell, so if it would be possible while replacing some or all of the other components, I'd like to know that as well.

Many Thanks.

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You got the top of the line machine in your model. You can take it to 6 GB of RAM but that's it.

you might consider an SSD drive or replacing the optical drive with an SSD. If this won't do consider selling yours and getting a MacBook Pro.

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Thanks for the quick reply. One of the reasons I asked is that I recently bought an SSD for the machine, and was saddened to find that the SATA bus was only 1.5 Gb/s, which was only about half of what the SSD can output.

I understand that my logic board has the maximum specs for this series, however I much prefer the all black design of the shell, so I'd rather transfer the logic board from a MacBook Pro into this machine, which is my main question:

Is it at all possible to put the logic board from a 13" unibody MacBook/MBP into this Macbook?


I'm not aware of a way to do this. This site might be one to bookmark as a place to watch:


Alright thanks, I'll see if I can find more info anywhere else.


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