is it possible to change my i5 iwy bridge CPU with an i7 one in my mid 2012 mbp? My mbp is a non retina model.

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No. The CPU is welded on the motherboard. You can't replace it with your own.

The only upgrade you can do on your own is changing RAM, hard drive, and replacing optical drive with a second hard drive, if you need.

  • Unless you are very good with a soldering iron. Assuming they are pin-compatible chips.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Aug 15, 2013 at 19:38
  • Even if you are an experienced technician, such task is hardly possible.
    – user28379
    Aug 15, 2013 at 19:43
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    Haha, I want to see ANYONE desoldering a CPU using a soldering iron :D
    – bot47
    Aug 15, 2013 at 20:20
  • okay, thanks for the ansver :) Could you suggest me an optical drive replacement modul that can hold ssd?
    – aegyed
    Aug 15, 2013 at 20:27
  • You can go to any online store (amazon, ebay etc) and search hard drive caddy tray, and buy the one whose size matches yours.
    – user28379
    Aug 15, 2013 at 20:33

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