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Mac Mini Upgraded to T7400 2.16 Core 2 Duo = FASTTTTTT!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be the 1.83GHz C2D for 4GB. Wasn't there also a 1.83GHz CD?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That would be the 1.83GHz C2D for 4GB. Wasn't there also a 1.83GHz CD?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dannyv45 wrote:
JackyPerformance.com wrote:
Hi,
I'm considering purchasing a mac mini and am just curious what is the fastest (and type) of intel cpu that can be put into one of these older generation Mac Mini computers?

I plan to use my mac mini as a desktop computer and for live digital audio recording with Garage Band and the RME FireFace 400.


For a 1.66 or later mini the max CPU would be a T7600 2.33GHZ cpu.

Max memory for a 1.66 mini is 2GB

Max memory for a 1.83 or later mini is 4GB.

If you are going to upgrade the hard drive I recommend the 320GB 7200rpm WD scorpio black 2.5" HD.

These combinations will give you the best performance.


I agree with everything but the max memory for the 1.83. If the original processor is a CD and not a C2D then the max is 2GB.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't aware that a 1.83 came in both CD and C2D. I just tough it was C2D. You learn somthing new every day.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dannyv45 wrote:
I wasn't aware that a 1.83 came in both CD and C2D. I just tough it was C2D. You learn somthing new every day.


If I had bought my first mini 2 months later I would have had the 1.83 C2D instead of the 1.83 CD. My timing is not always the greatest.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:44 am    Post subject: Confused over T7400 SL9SK and SL9SE Reply with quote

I want to upgrade a Mac mini 1.66Ghz to T7400 or T7600 but I am confused as to the pins and codes. T7400 is either SL9SK with socket PBGA479 or SL9SE with PPGA478 socket. What is the T2300 that is in there at the moment? which of the two options for T7400 should I be looking for (I presume T7600 has similar 478 or 479 sockets).

Would certainly appreciate advice so I don't get the wrong one.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pm smithcraft he did an upgrade
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

On page one of this topic, tiguy99 posted some pics... check out the 6th pic down the page, there is a pic of the T7400 in the socket and the caption reads "Close up of the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 Merom processor mounted in the socket (479M)"

Edit: I don't really know for sure at this point which is correct. Safest bet is to look for chips described as "SOCKET M" or "Micro-FCPGA". If you see "Micro-FCBGA", this is not compatible unless you are sure the BGA has been modified with pins to make it a PGA type. The whole 479M thing is confusing because Wikipedia says "Although it may seem identical, Socket M is not pin-compatible with the older mobile Socket 479, the older desktop Socket 478 or the newer mobile Socket P."

Bottom line... SL9SE chips (T7400 2.16Ghz) is PGA, and is compatible with the Mac Mini, while SL9SK is the same chip but is BGA and will not fit the socket of the Mac Mini unless it has been modified with pins.

Ok, I probably just repeated everything in the last few pages of this topic. Sorry... for being repetitive, but I learned something about sockets, and hopefully this helps someone else figure this out as well.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just like my sig says - Make sure it has pins!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squid3660 wrote:
Dave,

On page one of this topic, tiguy99 posted some pics... check out the 6th pic down the page, there is a pic of the T7400 in the socket and the caption reads "Close up of the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 Merom processor mounted in the socket (479M)"

Edit: I don't really know for sure at this point which is correct. Safest bet is to look for chips described as "SOCKET M" or "Micro-FCPGA". If you see "Micro-FCBGA", this is not compatible unless you are sure the BGA has been modified with pins to make it a PGA type. The whole 479M thing is confusing because Wikipedia says "Although it may seem identical, Socket M is not pin-compatible with the older mobile Socket 479, the older desktop Socket 478 or the newer mobile Socket P."

Bottom line... SL9SE chips (T7400 2.16Ghz) is PGA, and is compatible with the Mac Mini, while SL9SK is the same chip but is BGA and will not fit the socket of the Mac Mini unless it has been modified with pins.

Ok, I probably just repeated everything in the last few pages of this topic. Sorry... for being repetitive, but I learned something about sockets, and hopefully this helps someone else figure this out as well.


The person I bought my chip from on Ebay said they were professionally retrofitted with pins.

Trust me I double checked and asked a million questions before I bought it last year.

Installation was easy. Everything was plug and play. I didn't have to modify anything on the chip array. Whoever did this, did a very good job and had to have done it with a special machine.

As for the computer itself, its rock solid and has never given me any trouble after the T7400 install. I use it daily
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tiguy99 wrote:
Squid3660 wrote:
Dave,

On page one of this topic, tiguy99 posted some pics... check out the 6th pic down the page, there is a pic of the T7400 in the socket and the caption reads "Close up of the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 Merom processor mounted in the socket (479M)"

Edit: I don't really know for sure at this point which is correct. Safest bet is to look for chips described as "SOCKET M" or "Micro-FCPGA". If you see "Micro-FCBGA", this is not compatible unless you are sure the BGA has been modified with pins to make it a PGA type. The whole 479M thing is confusing because Wikipedia says "Although it may seem identical, Socket M is not pin-compatible with the older mobile Socket 479, the older desktop Socket 478 or the newer mobile Socket P."

Bottom line... SL9SE chips (T7400 2.16Ghz) is PGA, and is compatible with the Mac Mini, while SL9SK is the same chip but is BGA and will not fit the socket of the Mac Mini unless it has been modified with pins.

Ok, I probably just repeated everything in the last few pages of this topic. Sorry... for being repetitive, but I learned something about sockets, and hopefully this helps someone else figure this out as well.


The person I bought my chip from on Ebay said they were professionally retrofitted with pins.

Trust me I double checked and asked a million questions before I bought it last year.

Installation was easy. Everything was plug and play. I didn't have to modify anything on the chip array. Whoever did this, did a very good job and had to have done it with a special machine.

As for the computer itself, its rock solid and has never given me any trouble after the T7400 install. I use it daily


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JimT wrote:
If I had bought my first mini 2 months later I would have had the 1.83 C2D instead of the 1.83 CD. My timing is not always the greatest.


You can look at it in a good way too, you got a mac mini two months earlier Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone purchase one recently ? It just me or have these puppies gone up a few bucks ?

I know everything has but even like 6 weeks back when i started saving i saw a decent amount for $120 ... there about $200 on ebay now

On another note ... Hows everyones mini doing with this upgrade Smile?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed that too! Most likely do the the exchange rate dropping a bit...

My CPU modded mini, is not my main computer, but it runs great when I do use it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree , Seems like exchange rate and just production in general jacked the price up . I noticed ( even though only a few bucks ) that memory stopped dropping for like a week or 2 now its back up .. or down Smile

Anyways , I'm keeping my eyes open . I'm happy to hear your mini is goin good . I am looking forward to this mod VERY much , I have a very little bit of regret going with the 1.83 but at the time money wasn't around and I needed to make the switch then or I would have never probably . Since then I also purchased the "black"book C2D and seems that the extra Memory on core does a BIG difference especially with the integrated video

this t7400 has 4 on board think the 1.83 is 1? not sure at all thogh i'm trying to remember what i researched

Anyways , I hope they drop a few bucks soon or i get a extra few $$ to spend . Really wana try it out Smile
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