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Upgradability of MacBook Pro 13 inch 2011

Hi, I am looking to purchase a used Macbook Pro 13 inch early 2011. I would like to know what all I can upgrade. Here are the specs:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)

Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB

I am planning to use this for editing for our church. We edit videos up to 1 and a half hours. I am looking for something that will render and export my work fast. I would really like to upgrade the graphics since it is a bit old considering the software I am using.

Also, will I be able to install the newest version of Mac OS onto it?

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First I love these older Unibody systems! I’ve typing away on a 15” model right now!

But I’ve got some bad news ;-{ There is no GPU chip in your 13” system! It uses the Intel CPU graphics engine.

The 15” model offers a discreet AMD GPU chip. Even still its not upgradable as its a soldered on chip. You would need to replace the logic board to get a different CPU or GPU.

Now getting to what you are working on video! While a 2012 13” MacBook Pro can process small vids it won’t be quick and even the 2012 15” MacBook Pro (better GPU & graphics processing than the 2011 model) still won’t be very quick on short vids. Hour long videos won’t be quick either even on the older retina MacBook Pro systems.

Many pro’s have desktop systems setup for rendering or they use an external GPU board which they attach to their MacBook Pro (via Thunderbolt3) to run the rendering against. But this gets into what your app is if it gains having the rendering on the CPU Vs the GPU.

MaxTech YouTube stream is a good source on video editing and can give you a deeper understanding before you jump onto any system.

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