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Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Is it possible to upgrade MBP 13 mid to Mid-2012 13?

Is it possible to upgrade MBP 2010 mid to the following board below?


Mid-2012 13" - MD101LL/A* - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*

Mid-2012 13" - MD102LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*

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The system series in question:

● What you have: MacBookPro7,1 - MacBook Pro 13" Mid-2010

● What you are looking at: MacBookPro9,2 - MacBook Pro 13" Mid-2012

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Unfortunately the answer is negative, the 2010 model has different connectors on screen and logic board and they don’t match with the i5/i7 boards of 2011 and following years. You’ll have to stick to core2duo boards for compatibility.

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Mostly you need to stick with the same series in your case any of the MacBookPro7,1 logic boards. The architecture of system limits you, these two series are very different as @arbaman stated.

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So there is no other way to upgrade the CPU resources right?

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The fastest board available for your model is the core 2 duo 2,66Ghz. You can increase RAM and put in a SSD, but that's about it.

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RAM is up to 16GB? I am correct?

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Yes, you are right, it takes up to 16GB RAM.

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Unfortunately not, the 2010 have different top case bracket for the mother board.

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the 2010 and the 2012 use different cable connections in the logic board and on the screen.

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