MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009 - MC226LL/A

  • MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009 - MC226LL/A
  • MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009 - MC226LL/A
  • MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009 - MC226LL/A
£500.00

 

Apple MacBook Pro 17-InchThe MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" (Mid-2009) features a 45 nm "Penryn" 2.8 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (T9600), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL "SuperDrive", dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, integrated iSight, and an LED-backlit 17.0" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" -- or "anti-glare" for an extra US$50 via build-to-order -- display (1920x1200 native resolution)

Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire "800" port, three USB 2.0 ports, optical digital/analog audio in/out, a "Mini DisplayPort" that supports an external display at 2560x1600, and anExpressCard/34 slot. It lacks an SD card slot.

This model uses essentially the same "Unibody" case design -- one milled from a single block of aluminum -- as the previous 17-Inch MacBook Pro model that the "Mid-2009" system replaced, and it has the same backlit keyboard and "no button" glass "multi-touch" trackpad with support for "four finger" gestures and programmable "zones", and essentially the same internal architecture. However, this model is configured with a modestly faster processor, a bigger hard drive, and was introduced for US$300 less.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models?
  • What are the differences between the "Mid-2009" 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo and the "Early 2009" MacBook Pro notebook that it replaced?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 8, 2009 April 13, 2010
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
3832 4109
1497 2600
1644 2767
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (T9600)
Details: *The Intel "Core 2 Duo" 45 nm "Penryn" (T9600) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How fast are the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
N/A 3.06 GHz
Soldered Integrated
1066 MHz 2.8 GHz (Built-in)
EFI 64-Bit
32k/32k 6 MB (on chip)
PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz
Details: Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
4 GB 8 GB
Details: 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
GeForce 9600M GT* GDDR3
Details: *This system has dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the "Unibody" MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have "dedicated" and "integrated" video memory?
512 MB* 512 MB*
17.0" Widescreen 1920x1200
Details: 17.0" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix display with a 1920 by 1200 native resolution. By default, the display is "glossy", but Apple also offered this model configured with an "anti-glare" (matte) display for US$50 more (MC227LL/A).

In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that it also supports "1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched."

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Dual/Mirroring 2560x1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details: By custom configuration, this model could be configured with a 500 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$50. It also could be configured with a 128 GB SSD or 256 GB SSD for an additional US$200 or US$650, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? What type of hard drive do these models support? Can one replace the hard drive with an SSD?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

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8X DL "SuperDrive" None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was available for US$49.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: One ExpressCard/34 expansion slot.

Also see: What is ExpressCard/34? Is it compatible with PC Cards?
Full-size Trackpad (4 Finger)
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody) 17"
MC226LL/A* Mid-2009 17"
A1297 (EMC 2329*) MacBookPro5,2
Details: *Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.

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95 W h Li-Poly 8 Hours
X 10.5.7 (9J3050) Current*
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (64-Bit)*
None Boot/Virtualization
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0.98 x 15.47 x 10.51 6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)