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

Identifiers: Mid-2009 17" - MC226LL/A* - MacBookPro5,2 - A1297 - 2329*

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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 an ExpressCard/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
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2009.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
3832 4109
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1497 2600
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1644 2767
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
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
Details: Apple additionally offered this model via custom configuration with a 3.06 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (T9900) for an additional US$300.

As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented this custom configuration as its own model.
Soldered Integrated
Details: Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the "Unibody" MacBook Pro?
1066 MHz 2.8 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 1066 MHz frontside bus.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k 6 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 6 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
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
Details: Apple recommends that one install RAM in matched pairs for optimum performance.
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*
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT has 512 MB of dedicated memory. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M uses 256 MB of memory, but this is shared with system memory. Apple reports that when using the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, the "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 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 offers 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."
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?

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8X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that this slot-loading "SuperDrive" (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".

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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
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
Details: Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire "800" port.
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)
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)." It does not have an embedded numeric keypad. This keyboard is backlit.

The glass "multi-touch" trackpad supports "supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody) 17"
Details: By default, this MacBook Pro uses a black and silver "unibody" case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a "catchless" magnetic latch. However, if configured with an "anti-glare" (matte) display, it has a silver border framing the display rather than a black border.
MC226LL/A* Mid-2009 17"
Details: *MC226LL/A refers to the default configuration with a glossy display. The custom configuration with a matte display is assigned MC227LL/A.
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.

Also see: All Macs with the A1297 Model Number, the 2329* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro5,2 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
95 W h Li-Poly 8 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a "95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" that provides "8 hours of wireless productivity".

Also see: What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? How does the battery life of each compare to the model each replaced?
X 10.5.7 (9J3050) Current*
Details: *This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," except for "Power Nap" and "AirPlay Mirroring" (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or higher).

Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X, like Mountain Lion and Mavericks, are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or earlier.
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit version of Windows XP SP2 as well as the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-Bit and 64-bit versions of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

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0.98 x 15.47 x 10.51 6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.50 cm, 39.3 cm, 26.7 cm).
US$2499* US$1200-US$1400
Details: *This is for the stock configuration with a 2.8 GHz processor. Apple also sold this model via custom configuration with a 3.06 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (T9900) 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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1 (Mini DisplayPort) None
Details: Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. DVI, Dual-Link DVI, and VGA supported by optional Apple adapters (sold separately).
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
3 (2.0) 1 (800)
Details: Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire "800" port.
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: No internal modem. External Apple USB modem offered for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Internal) 1
Details: Internal omnidirectional microphone. Optical digital audio input/analog line in (minijack).
1 1
Details: Single Optical digital audio output/analog line out (minijack) port doubles as a headphone jack.
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 60W or 80W "MagSafe" power adapter (2.53 GHz model with integrated graphics is 60W, 2.66 GHz and 2.8 GHz models with dedicated graphics are 80W). Also see: What is the "Magsafe" power connector? How does it work? How was it designed to not cause data loss?



Global original prices for the MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009 in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$2899 US$2499*

Original Prices - Europe

€2299 €2299
N/A €2299
€2299 €2299
€2299 €2299
€2299 NOK 20.990
€2299 €2249
SEK 25.495 CHF 3'099
£1849

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 19,998 HK$19,188
¥278,800 N/A
NT$87,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$3999 NZ$4199


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