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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 17" Late 2011 Specs

Identifiers: Late 2011 17" - BTO/CTO - MacBookPro8,3 - A1297 - 2564*

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Apple MacBook Pro 17-InchThe MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 17-Inch (Late 2011) technically is a "configure-to-order" configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.4 17-Inch (Late 2011), but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor (and the corresponding larger level 3 cache), these two models are identical.

The MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 17-Inch (Late 2011) features a 32 nm "Sandy Bridge" 2.5 GHz Intel "Core i7" processor (2860QM), with four independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL "SuperDrive", dual graphics processors -- an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares 384 MB of memory with the system -- and an integrated FaceTime HD webcam.

The standard configuration of this model has an LED-backlit 17.0" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1920x1200 native resolution), but it also was offered with an "anti-glare" (matte) display for US$50 more.

Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire "800" port, three USB 2.0 ports, separate audio in and out ports, an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot, and a "Thunderbolt" port that is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort and, likewise, supports an external display at 2560x1600 and passes an audio signal. Thunderbolt also supports other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard which provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.

This model uses a "Unibody" aluminum case design -- milled from a single piece of aluminum -- and has a backlit keyboard, a "no button" glass "inertial" multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.

Compared to its predecessor, this model is identical except for a faster processor and superior graphics.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Late 2011" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models?
  • What are the differences between the "Late 2011" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models and the "Early 2011" MacBook Pro models that they replaced?

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October 24, 2011 June 11, 2012
Details: The "Introduction Date" typically refers to the date a model was introduced via press release although this model was quietly unveiled without one. 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 2011.
1 (4 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
10706 11699
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 MacBookPro8,3 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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2725 9739
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 MacBookPro8,3 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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3030 11058
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 MacBookPro8,3 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.
2.5 GHz Core i7 (I7-2860QM)
Details: This model is powered by a "Quad-Core" 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" (I7-2860QM) processor which includes four independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 8 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).

This system also supports "Turbo Boost 2.0" -- which "automatically increases the speed of the active cores" to improve performance when needed (up to 3.6 GHz for this model) -- and "Hyper Threading" -- which allows the system to recognize eight total "cores" or "threads" (four real and four virtual).

Also see: How fast are the "Late 2011" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
3.6 GHz N/A
Details: N/A
Soldered Integrated
Details: Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the "Unibody" MacBook Pro?
5 GT/s* 2.5 GHz (Built-in)
Details: *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 5 GT/s.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k x4 256k x 4, 8 MB
Details: Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 8 MB of shared level 3 cache.
PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz
Details: Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Early 2011" 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
4 GB 16 GB*
Details: 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: N/A
Radeon HD 6770M* GDDR5
Details: *This system has dual graphics processors -- an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 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?
1 GB* 1 GB*
Details: The AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor uses 384 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 384 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.

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."

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Dual/Mirroring 2560x1600
Details: 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?
750 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
Details: By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 750 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$50. It also could be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$100, US$500, or US$1100, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Early 2011" or "Late 2011" 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.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
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: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*) 2.1+EDR
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard. *This model unofficially supports 450 Mbit/sec 802.11n Wi-Fi using MIMO.

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 (Inertial)
Details: 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".
Notebook MacBook Pro (Unibody)
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.
BTO/CTO Late 2011 17"
Details: As this model technically is a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.4 17" (Late 2011), it does not have its own order number.
A1297 (EMC 2564*) MacBookPro8,3
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 2564* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro8,3 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 7 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a "95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" that provides "up to 7 hours of wireless web" use.
X 10.7.2 (11C74) Current
Details: This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," with the exception of the "Power Nap" feature.
7 (32-Bit)* 8 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit of Windows 7 on this model. Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
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$2749 US$1900-US$2200
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1 (Thunderbolt) None
Details: This model is equipped with a Thunderbolt port in place of a Mini DisplayPort. It is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
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. 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. Independent audio line in minijack (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog).
1 1
Details: Has an independent audio line in minijack (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog).
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 85W "MagSafe" power adapter. 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 i7" 2.5 17" Late 2011 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$2749 US$2749

Original Prices - Europe

€2749 €2749
DKK 20,924 €2749
€2749 €2749
€2749 €2749
€2749 NOK 22.540
€2749 €2749
SEK 25.270 CHF 2'849
£2299

Original Prices - Asia

N/A HK$21,230
¥230,348 S$3,741
NT$88,259

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$3189 NZ$4599


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