Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15" Mid-2012 Specs
Identifiers: Mid-2012 15" - BTO/CTO - MacBookPro9,1 - A1286 - 2556*
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The MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) technically is a "configure-to-order" configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15-Inch (Mid-2012) or MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" Mid-2012, starting February 13, 2013, but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor (and the corresponding larger level 3 cache), this model is identical to the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15-Inch (Mid-2012).
The MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" 2.7 GHz Intel "Core i7" processor (3820QM), with four independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL "SuperDrive", dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, as well as an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam.
The standard configuration of this model has an LED-backlit 15.4" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1440x900 native resolution), but also was available via custom configuration with a "high-res" glossy or antiglare 1680x1050 display for an additional US$100.
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire "800" port, two USB 3.0 ports, a "Thunderbolt" port, separate audio in and out ports, and an SDXC card slot.
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 essentially is identical externally with the exception of the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports. Internally, however, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, and RAM.
- What are the differences between the "Mid-2012" 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models?
- What are the differences between the "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro models and the "Late 2011" MacBook Pro models that they replaced?
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||June 11, 2012
||October 22, 2013
||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 2012.
||1 (4 Cores)
||*These Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively.
Geekbench 2 benchmarks reflect results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary, but an average can be useful to get an idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in combing through all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
||Core i7 (I7-3820QM)
||This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" (I7-3820QM) 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 3.7 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 "Mid-2012" 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
||Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the "Unibody" MacBook Pro models?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||2.7 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 5 GT/s.
||256k x 4, 8 MB*
||*Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 8 MB of shared level 3 cache.
||Min. RAM Speed:
||Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Mid-2012" 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
||*As originally shipped, this model has 8 GB of RAM standard. Starting February 13, 2013, as a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" Mid-2012 (MD103LL/A), it could have only 4 GB of RAM. RAM is installed as two matching modules, no slots are 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.
||GeForce GT 650M*
||*This system has dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. 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 650M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system.
||By default, this model has a 15.4" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. However, it also is available via custom configuration with a "high-resolution glossy" 1680x1050 display and a "high-resolution antiglare" 1680x1050 display each for an additional US$100.
In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that the default display 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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|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:
||750 GB* (5400 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
||*As originally shipped, this model was configured with a 750 GB hard drive. Starting February 13, 2013, as a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" Mid-2012 (MD103LL/A), it could have just a 500 GB hard drive.
As originally shipped, this model could be equipped with a 750 GB 7200 RPM hard drive for an additional US$50, a 1 TB hard drive or 128 GB SSD for an additional US$100, a 256 GB SSD for an additional US$400, or a 512 GB SSD for an additional US$900.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive or SSD in the "Mid-2012" 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of storage do these models support?
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".
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||802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)
||AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one Firewire "800" (up to 800 Mbps) port.
||SDXC Card Slot
||This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.|
||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:
|Apple Model No:
||A1286 (EMC 2556*)
||*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 A1286 Model Number, the 2556* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro9,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
||77.5 W h Li-Poly
||Apple reports that this model has a "77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" that provides "up to 7 hours of wireless web" use.
||X 10.7.3 (11D2097)
||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.
||*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.
|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.
||0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82
||5.6 lbs (2.56 kg)
||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 36.4 cm, 24.9 cm).
|Original Price (US):
||Est. Current Retail:
||*Originally, this model was a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15-Inch (Mid-2012) and was configured with 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive for US$2449. Starting February 13, 2013, it was a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" Mid-2012 (MD103LL/A). If configured with 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive it remained the same price. If configured with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive it was only US$2249 with the RAM and hard drive upgrades both optional and US$100 each.
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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