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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (Unibody) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2008/Unibody - MB471LL/A - MacBookPro5,1 - A1286 - 2255

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Apple MacBook ProWith a black and silver design reminiscent of the Aluminum iMac models, the "Unibody" MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" (Late 2008) models have an all new case design milled from a single block of aluminum that provides greater strength and a superior finish than previous systems.

The Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15-Inch (Unibody - Late 2008) features a 45 nm "Penryn" 2.53 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (T9400), 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 320 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, and an LED-backlit 15.4" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1440x900 native resolution).

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

In addition to the new case design, compared to the "Early 2008/Penryn" models that these replaced, the "Unibody" line offers a new "no button" glass "multi-touch" trackpad with support for new "four finger" gestures and programmable "zones", a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory, and perhaps most notably, faster and dual graphics processors.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Unibody" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models?
  • What are the differences between the 15-Inch "Unibody" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models and the "Early 2008/Penryn" MacBook Pro notebooks that they replaced?


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October 14, 2008 March 3, 2009
1 (2 Cores) 3392*
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (T9400)
Details: *The Intel "Core 2 Duo" 45 nm "Penryn" (T9400) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How much faster is the 15-Inch "Unibody" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo than the "Early 2008 Penryn" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo?
2.8 GHz 64-Bit
Soldered Integrated
1066 MHz 2.53 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 15-Inch "Unibody" MacBook Pro? How much RAM of what type does it support?
4 GB 6 GB*
Details: By default, 4 GB of RAM was installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 6 GB of RAM using one 2 GB and one 4 GB memory module.

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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: How much faster is the graphics performance of the "Unibody" MacBook Pro when using the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT compared to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M?
512 MB* 512 MB*
15.4" Widescreen 1440x900
Details: 15.4" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 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.
320 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that this slot-loading "SuperDrive" drive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW" and a maximum read speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD".
None 10/100/1000Base-T
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (800)
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire "800" port.

Also see: Complete Ports.
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)
MB471LL/A Late 2008/Unibody
A1286 (EMC 2255) MacBookPro5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

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50 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
X 10.5.5 (9F2114) Current
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (64-Bit)**
None Boot/Virtualization
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0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82 5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)
US$2499* US$1300-US$1450
Details: *This was the price for the stock configuration with a 2.53 GHz processor. Apple also offered this model with a 2.8 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (T9600) processor via custom configuration for an additional US$300.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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