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1.5 Core Solo, 1.66 or 1.83 Core Duo, or 1.83 or 2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. This covers the first Intel-based Mac Mini models from Early 2006 to Mid 2007.

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I want to upgrade the CPU in my Mac mini to the T7600 the fastest supported and was wondering if I can salvage the same cpu from a Apple MacBook Pro A1211 C2D T7600 2.33GHz.

That has the same CPU and is free but don't want to drive that far if the CPU can't be put in my Mac mini.

I have also upgraded the RAM to 4 GB. I'm currently in process of putting Windows 10 on it. I also want to know how much storage is max allowed on Mac. If there is a better logic board I can put into it. And if possible do a graphics card upgrade or use an external one. And anything else to make this the best possible. I dont want to buy another computer and rather upgrade this to max specs.

Also would like a quieter fan because my mac only runs at 5500 RPM for some dumb reason.

To sum up:

  • Can I put a 2006 MacBook Pro CPU, by just removing it and placing it in my Mac mini?(I don't solder or anything just want to pull out and place into the other one)
  • Max storage supported?
  • Best logic board upgrade if possible?
  • Possible to upgrade graphics card?
  • What is the quietest fan compatible with this computer?
  • Any other upgrades i can do to make this the best mac mini out of what it is.

Answer any of these questions you can.

Thank you so much for helping me on this endeavor!

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To start with you won't be able to use the MacBook Pro CPU as its soldered to the logic board and is not the correct carrier package to use in your system.

You'll need to buy a new CPU which given the age will be difficult to find! But before you can swap out the CPU you'll need to first update the systems firmware so the CoreDuo or Core2Duo chip is recognized.

Now the bad news...

  • The maximum RAM your system can support is 3 GB which you can use 1x1GB & 1x2GB modules or 2x2GB modules but the last 1 GB won't be usable. The graphics services use the upper address lines which is why you can see the RAM in the system report but the system can't leverage it.
  • Your system is limited to one 2.5" drive so while you can install a larger drive or even a SSD the limited RAM will impact the performance of your system beyond a 500 GB drive as the RAM stores the drive mapping. You also have only a SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) SATA interface so what ever drive you get needs to support this older standard, Review the drives spec sheet if it does not explicitly list SATA I support it won't work.
  • As far as swapping out the logic board you are limited to the A1176 series of boards, The logic board layout is very different in the next generation (A1283) so it won't fit or work.
  • The GPU logic is part of the logic board and not swappable
  • You likely need to replace the fan if it's making noise your only choice is to replace it with the exact same unit: Mac mini Model A1176 Fan Replacement and here's the part: Intel Mac mini (Model A1176) Fan the bearings often wear out.
  • Sorry to say this is a very limited system in upgradability due to its age. Today newer Mac Mini systems allow more RAM and storage options but even they have their limits!

Frankly, I think its time to look at saving ones pennies to but a newer model. I would look at a 2011 model like this one: Mac mini 2.7 GHz Core i7 (Mid-2011) Or at least review the different models here: Mac Mini model listing to find what you would like and what the limits are RAM wise and number of storage devices and their I/O speed.

Intel Mac mini (Model A1176) Fan Image


Intel Mac mini (Model A1176) Fan


Mac mini Model A1176 Fan Image


Mac mini Model A1176 Fan Replacement



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Mac mini Model A1176 CPU Replacement



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I've heard that every SATAII and III SSD:s are Backward compatibility to SATA I. They only work slower, but they do work. Or am I wrong here?

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Sorry not that simple! You need to review the spec sheet of the SSD if the version of SATA your system has is listed then it will support it!

Many drives today have dropped support for the slower SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) and SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) speeds as the circuitry costs them profits! At this point Samsung is the rare one still supporting an auto sense SSD! Samsung 860 EVO Spec sheet note the Interface line! Otherwise the drive is a fixed speed SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) drive

This is also true with HDD's or SSHD's as well.


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