Apple MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 17" Mid-2010 Specs
Identifiers: Mid-2010 17" - MC024LL/A - MacBookPro6,1 - A1297 - 2352*
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The MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 17-Inch (Mid-2010) is powered by a 32 nm, dual-core 2.53 GHz Intel "Core i5" I5-540M (Arrandale) processor, with dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and an 3 MB shared level 3 cache. This system also supports "Turbo Boost" -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload" up to 3.06 GHz for this model -- and "Hyper Threading" -- which allows the system to recognize four "virtual cores" or "threads."
By default, it is configured with 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", and dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory and Intel HD Graphics with 256 MB of RAM shared with the system -- that Mac OS X automatically switches between for better graphics performance and better battery life, respectively, depending on application use.
The standard configuration of this model has an LED-backlit 17.0" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1920x1200 native resolution), but it also is available via custom configuration with an "antiglare" display for an additional US$50.
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 (it also passes an audio signal), and an ExpressCard/34 slot. It lacks an SD card slot.
This model uses a "Unibody" aluminum case design -- milled from a single piece of aluminum -- and has a backlit keyboard, a new "no button" glass "inertial" multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides up to 8-9 hours of battery life.
Compared to its predecessor, this model has a very similar external enclosure, but an enhanced trackpad, and the same connectivity, except for the enhanced audio passing Mini DisplayPort. Internally, however, it has a substantially different architecture with a faster "Core i5" processor and faster graphics as well, although it shares the same memory. Battery life is improved too.
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||April 13, 2010
||February 24, 2011
||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 2010.
||1 (2 Cores)
|Geekbench 2 (32):
||Geekbench 2 (64):
||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 MacBookPro6,1 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.
|Geekbench 3 (32):
||Geekbench 3 (32):
||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 MacBookPro6,1 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.
|Geekbench 3 (64):
||Geekbench 3 (64):
||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 MacBookPro6,1 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.
||Core i5 (I5-540M)
||This model is powered by a 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 "Arrandale" (I5-540M) processor which includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports "Turbo Boost" -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload" up to 3.06 GHz for this model -- and "Hyper Threading" -- which allows the system to recognize four total "cores" or "threads" (two real and two virtual)."
Also see: How fast are the "Mid-2010" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
|| Custom Speeds:
||2.66, 2,8 GHz (i7)*
||*When originally released, this model also could be configured with a 2.66 GHz Core i7 (I7-620M) processor for an extra US$200. Starting October 20, 2010, this model additionally could be custom configured with a 2.8 GHz Core i7 (I7-640M) for an extra US$400, as well as the original US$200 upgrade option.
As requested by readers, EveryMac.com has documented both of these custom configuration as their own models.
||Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the "Unibody" MacBook Pro?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||2.53 GHz (Built-in)
||*This system has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 2.5 GT/s.
||256k x 2, 3 MB
||Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
||Min. RAM Speed:
||Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM.
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Mid-2010" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
||GeForce GT 330M*
||*This system has dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
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?
||The NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has 512 MB of dedicated memory. The Intel HD Graphics use 256 MB of memory, but this is shared with system memory. Apple also reports that when using Intel HD Graphics, the "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB".
||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.
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."
|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
Also see: Are there any adapters or "hacks" that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?
|Standard Hard Drive:
||500 GB (5400 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
||By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM for an additional US$50. It also could be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$200, US$650, or US$1300, respectively.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Mid-2010" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro 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"
||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".
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a "Data Doubler" mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this MacBook Pro.
||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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire "800" port.
||One ExpressCard/34 expansion slot.|
Also see: What is ExpressCard/34? Is it compatible with PC Cards?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of ExpressCard/34 cards as well as external expansion options and accessories including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of ExpressCard/34 cards in addition to external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Pro.
||Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)."
The glass multi-touch trackpad supports "inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".
||MacBook Pro (Unibody)
||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.
|Apple Order No:
||The Apple model number should be unique to this system.
|Apple Model No:
||A1297 (EMC 2352*)
||*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 2352* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro6,1 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
||Apple reports that this model has a "95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" that provides "up to 8-9 hours of wireless productivity".
Also see: ".
Also see: What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Mid-2010" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? How does the battery life of each compare to the model each replaced?
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||X 10.6.3 (10D2063a)
||*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" except for "Power Nap" and "AirPlay Mirroring" (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or higher). It also supports the last version of OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" and OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" -- including Mac-to-Mac AirDrop capability -- but no other advanced features are supported. It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although it does not support the Universal Clipboard, Auto Unlock, or Apple Pay features.
Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X 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."
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Sierra (10.12)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
||XP SP2 (32-Bit)*
||*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 the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Although Apple does not support Windows 10 via Boot Camp 5 (officially or otherwise), this system meets Microsoft's hardware requirements and it very well may be possible to boot Windows 10 on this Mac. If you have installed Windows 10 on this system (successfully or unsuccessfully), please share the results of your experiment. Thank you.
|MacOS 9 Support:
||Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
||0.98 x 15.47 x 10.51
||6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)
||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.50 cm, 39.3 cm, 26.7 cm).
|Original Price (US):
||Est. Current Retail:
||*This is for the stock configuration with a 2.53 GHz processor. When originally released, this model also could be configured with a 2.66 GHz Core i7 (I7-620M) processor for an additional US$200. Starting October 20, 2010, this model additionally could be custom configured with a 2.8 GHz Core i7 (I7-640M) for an extra US$400, as well as the original US$200 upgrade option.
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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