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Mac Pro Late 2013 Graphics Card Replacement

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  1. Mac Pro Late 2013 Graphics Card Replacement, Outer Case: step 1, image 1 of 2 Mac Pro Late 2013 Graphics Card Replacement, Outer Case: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.

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    • Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.

    • It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.

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    • Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.

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    • The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side.

    • Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.

    • Do not try to remove the fan assembly yet, as it is still attached by two cables.

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    • While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T8 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.

    • These screws are captive in the Mac Pro. Do not try to remove these screws from your Mac Pro.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.

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    • Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.

    • Remove the fan assembly from the Mac Pro.

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    • Flip the Mac Pro upside down, 180 degrees.

    • Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from the outer perimeter of the lower case.

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    • Carefully lift the lower case up and remove it from the Mac Pro.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger and a twisting motion to gently separate one side of the graphics card data connection.

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    • Gently separate the other side as well.

    • Flip the connector up and out of the way of the graphics card.

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    • Remove the two 6.6 mm T8 Torx Security screws securing the GPU to the Mac Pro.

    • These screws fit into power cables behind the GPU. Be careful not to over-tighten and twist the cables.

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    • Remove the four 8.4 mm T10 screws from the GPU heat sink bracket.

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    • Remove the GPU heat sink bracket.

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    • The graphics card is now held onto the central heat sink by thermal compound.

    • You may need to pry very gently with a spudger to separate the card from the heat sink.

    • Remove the graphics card from the heat sink.

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    • During reassembly, be sure to clean off and replace the thermal compound. Use our Applying Thermal Paste guide if you require assistance.

    • Repeat this procedure if you wish to remove the secondary graphics card.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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19 Comments

hey! is it possible to upgrade the GPU or is this just for replacing exactly the same part?

Ben - Reply

I am guessing you can upgrade them with OEM parts, but where would we find them?

Fernando Bernardino -

Yes. I recently swapped out D300 pairs for D700 pairs without a blip. I did an NVRAM reset afterwards just to be safe.

Technology Research -

I have the D300s, and would like to upgrade to the D500s or D700s. Where might I find the replacement graphics cards? Also, any recommendations on service providers who would do this procedure?

Chris M Balz - Reply

I'd love to know this as well. The only reason I picked up the ,ad pro was the potential for upgrades. As it turns out D300s are crap. I can't even run boot camp properly.

jerimiahy -

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