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Released on July 21, 2011. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Thunderbolt. This unit is also used to run the Mac mini Server configuration.

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Can I replace a shoddy 6630M with a 6750M?

Picked up one of these guys with a shoddy GPU on ebay for very little money to help out a friend who needs to learn an Apple program for a new job he’s trying to get. Every Apple product I’ve owned from the year 2011 with a dedicated GPU has issues with the dedicated GPU. I can easily do the ol’ reflow/reball and get it going again. Just annoying.

This Mac Mini is packing a 6630M. I can pick up a 6750M chip for like $30. They both pack the same architecture, so I assume some grounds for compatibility there. I have been trying to find a side-by-side comparison of both of these chips on the pad side and some dimensions so I can checkout if they’ll physically fit, but I have failed to find this.

I was wondering if anyone here has information regarding these two chips or experience with a modification like this.

If this is complete madness, just let me know now lol.

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Sorry guy you really can’t swap out the GPU chip. You would need some specialized tools to do it and you may still mess it up.

The best you can do is swap out the logic board with another.

This series had two versions: Mac mini 2.3 GHz Core i5 (Mid-2011) and Mac mini 2.0 GHz Core i7 (Mid-2011/Server) both which don’t have dual graphics unlike the Mac mini 2.5 GHz Core i5 (Mid-2011) and Mac mini 2.7 GHz Core i7 (Mid-2011) both of which use the Radeon HD 6630M dedicated GPU.

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Thanks for the reply!

I got antsy and bought the chip. I'm pretty decent with SMD soldering so hopefully the pads match up (and hopefully it comes with a template). Worse case, I'll end up picking up one of the boards you mentioned without the dual graphics… at which point I could've purchased a working one for much cheaper lol.

I'll let you know how it goes.


The newer 2018 Mac Mini is a better system if you need better graphics.


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