new MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5, i7 processors

MacBook Pro

Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery.* The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple’s new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.

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All 13-inch MacBook Pro models now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 4GB RAM, a 10-hour built-in battery and the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor. With 48 processing cores, the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M is the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market, ideal for graphics intensive applications or high performance games. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 250GB hard drive priced at $1,199; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 320GB hard drive priced at $1,499.

The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models are up to 50 percent faster than the previous systems. Using Intel’s state-of-the-art 32 nanometer process, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors integrate the memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster access to system memory. Hyper-Threading technology improves data throughput by creating virtual processing cores, while Turbo Boost optimizes performance between the two processor cores, accelerating the system from 2.66 GHz to 3.06 GHz for intensive dual core tasks, and up to 3.33 GHz for single core tasks.

All models have following standard specifications:

  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight® video camera;
  • one FireWire® 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
  • SD card slot;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard

The specifications for each models are as following:
13-inch MacBook Pro (2.4GHz: US$1,199; or 2.66GHz: US$1,499)

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz or 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • 250GB or 320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
  • built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 rpm or a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive.

15-inch MacBook Pro (2.4GHz: US$1,799; (2.53GHz: US$1,999; or 2.66GHz: US$2,199)

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz or 2.53 GHz or 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB or 512MB (2.66 GHz model) of VRAM;
  • 250GB or 320GB or 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
  • built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a high resolution 15-inch 1680 x 1050 display in glossy and antiglare, a 500GB 5400 rpm or 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive.

17-inch MacBook Pro (2.53GHz: US$2,299)

  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • three USB 2.0 ports;
  • combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
  • built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, antiglare display.

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Posted by Antony at April 13, 2010 6:48 AM

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