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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid 2009 Specs

MacBook Pro - MC226LL/A - MacBookPro5,2 - A1297

About This MacBook Pro

The Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Core 2 Duo powered with a 2.8 GHz Intel processor (T9600) was released on June 8, 2009. Some of its distinguishing features include a 500 GB (5400RPM) hard drive storage, as well as, it hosts one FireWire 800 port. The trackpad is also enhanced with support for “multi-touch gesturing” (two finger scroll, pinch, rotate, swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag). This is seen as the pinnacle of technology for the MacBook Pro and really allowed the MacBook Pro to stand out.  Further device specifications and capabilities for this MacBook Pro can be found below.

Storage

The device comes with an impressive 500.0 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm) hard drive with “Sudden Motion Sensor” to ensure the safety of your data in the event of any accidental damage.

Screen Size and Resolution

The MacBook Pro has a 17” antiglare widescreen TFT LED backlit display” with a native 1920×1200 resolution and ability to support other resolutions such as 1024×768, 800×600, 1280x 800, and 1152×720.

Inclusive Features

 

The MacBook Pro includes the following features and ports:

  • 8X DL “SuperDrive”
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11g and 8.02.11n) which allows connection to the best Wi-Fi bands available
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR allowing for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers
  • Gigabit Ethernet is provided for your Local Area Network (LAN) connections
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports are supplied for the connection of external keyboards, printers, external hard disks etc.
  • Optical digital audio in/out for connecting some external audio equipment like headphones and microphones
  • Video out (mini-DVI) this allows for maximum resolution of 2560×1600 for 2nd display
  • Scrolling TrackPad allowing for clicking, double-clicking and dragging without the need of an external mouse

Also included are:

  • Inbuilt iSight video camera
  • The Apple remote became a US$19 option and not a standard feature
  • MagSafe power connector

Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

The MacBook Pro comes pre-installed with MacOS X 10.5.7 (9J3050) and standard with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (T9600).  It also 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.

Memory & Architecture

Applications also runs smoothly due to the 6 MB of Level 2 cache plus a 1066 MHz frontside bus with 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC3-8500).  All of this is centered on a 64-Bit architecture.

Battery Life

The MacBook Pro has a 95-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that provides 8 hours of wireless use. This is a marginal increase from the previous model, but still provides poor usage due to the high power consumption of the internal components.

2.8 GHZ Core 2 Duo
4 GB
500 GB Hard Drive
8 Hours

Upgradability

This MacBook Pro can be upgraded from  4GB RAM up to 8 GB RAM. The operating system of the MacBook Pro can also be upgraded from its pre-installed MacOS X 10.5.7 (9J3050) up to MacOS X 10.11.x. It can also host Windows OS XP SP 2 (32-Bit) and can accommodate operating systems as recent as Windows 7 (64-Bit). This MacBook Pro has dimensions of  0.98 in x 15.47 in x 10.51 in and a weight of 6.6 lbs (2.99 kg). 

Introduced:  June 8, 2009

Discontinued: April 13, 2010

Screen Size and Resolution

Memory

Screen Size

17 inches

Level 1 Cache

32k/32k

Resolution

1920×1200

Level 2/Level 3 Cache

6 MB on chip

Processor

RAM Type

PC3-8500 DDR3

Processors

1 (2 Cores)

Min. RAM Speed

1066 MHz

Architecture

64-Bit

Standard RAM

4 GB

Speed

2.8 GHz

Maximum RAM

8 GB

Type

Core 2 Duo (T9600)

RAM Slots

2

Processor Upgrade

Soldered

Motherboard RAM

None

FPU

Integrated

Graphics

System Bus Speed

1066 MHz

Video Card

GeForce 9600M GT

Cache Bus Speed

2.8 GHz (Built-in)

VRAM Type

GDDR3

ROM/Firmware

EFI

Standard VRAM

512 MB

EFI Architecture

64-Bit

Maximum VRAM

512 MB

Storage

Inclusive Features and Ports

Standard Storage

500 GB HDD

Standard Optical Drive

8X DL “SuperDrive”

Storage Speed

5400 RPM

Standard Ethernet

10/100/1000Base-T

Storage Dimensions

2.5” (9.5 mm)

Standard Modem

None

Storage Interface

Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)

Standard Air Port

802.11a/b/g/n

Battery

Standard Bluetooth

2.1+EDR

Type

95 W h Li-Poly

USB Port 2.0

3

Battery Life

8 hours

FireWire

1 (800)

Description

Keyboard

Full-size

Case Type

Notebook

Inclusive Input

Trackpad

Form Factor

MacBook Pro

S-Video Output

None

Apple Order No

MC226LL/A

Microphone

1

Apple Subfamily

Mid-2009

Headphone

1

Apple Model Number

A1297 (EMC 2329)

Sound Out

1

Model ID

MacBook Pro 5.2

Power Adapter

1

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