Quietly unveiled without a press release, the MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.2 15-Inch (Late 2011) features a 32 nm “Sandy Bridge” 2.2 GHz Intel “Core i7” processor (2675QM), with four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL “SuperDrive”, dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512 MB 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 15.4″ widescreen TFT active-matrix “glossy” display (1440×900 native resolution)
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire “800” port, two USB 2.0 ports, separate audio in and out ports, an SDXC card slot, and a “Thunderbolt” port that is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort and, likewise, supports an external display at 2560×1600 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.
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||October 24, 2011
||June 11, 2012
||1 (4 Cores)
|Geekbench 2 (32):
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||Core i7 (I7-2675QM)
||This model is powered by a “Quad-Core” 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” (I7-2675QM) processor which includes four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 6 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 3.1 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?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||2.2 GHz (Built-in)
||256k x 4, 6 MB
||Min. RAM Speed:
||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?
||Radeon HD 6750M*
||*This system has dual graphics processors — an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512 MB 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?
||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” 1680×1050 display and a “high-resolution antiglare” 1680×1050 display for an additional US$100 and US$150, respectively.
In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that this system 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 2560×1600.
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?
||500 GB HDD
||Std. Storage Speed:
||By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 750 GB 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$100 or US$150, respectively. It also could be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$200, US$600, or US$1200, 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?
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Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
||2.5″ (9.5 mm)
||Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
||8X DL “SuperDrive”
||802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)
||SDXC Card Slot
||This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
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Also see: Are SD Card slot storage expansion options available for the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models? Which are compatible? Is this type of storage a good idea for these models?
||MacBook Pro (Unibody)
|Apple Order No:
||Late 2011 15″
|Apple Model No:
||A1286 (EMC 2563*)
||*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 2563* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro8,2 Model Identifier.
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||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.
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||X 10.7.2 (11C74)
|MacOS 9 Support:
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||0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82
||5.6 lbs (2.54 kg)
|Original Price (US):
||Est. Current Retail:
||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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