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Mac Pro Late 2013 Graphics Card Replacement

Replace the Graphics Card in your Mac Pro Late 2013.

Use this guide to replace either of the dual graphics cards in your Mac Pro. The procedure is shown on one card, but it is essentially identical for either.

When you're replacing your card, be sure to reapply a layer of thermal compound.

Before beginning any work on your Mac Pro: Unplug the computer and press and hold the power button for ten seconds to discharge the power supply's capacitors.

Be very careful not to touch the capacitor leads or any exposed solder joints on the back of the power supply. Only handle the board by the edges.

Stap 1 Graphics Card  ¶ 

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

Stap 1 Graphics Card  ¶ 

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

Stap 2  ¶ 

Gently separate the other side as well. Flip the connector up and out of the way of the graphics card. Flip the connector up and out of the way of the graphics card.

Stap 2  ¶ 

  • Gently separate the other side as well.

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

Stap 3  ¶ 

Remove the two 6.6 mm T9 Torx Security screws securing the GPU to the Mac Pro.

Stap 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 6.6 mm T9 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.

Stap 4  ¶ 

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

Stap 4  ¶ 

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

Stap 5  ¶ 

Remove the GPU heat sink bracket.

Stap 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the GPU heat sink bracket.

Stap 6  ¶ 

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.

Stap 6  ¶ 

  • 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.

Stap 7  ¶ 

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

Stap 7  ¶ 

  • 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.