Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.6 17″ (Early 2008)

An Icon of Mobile Computing

The powerhouse MacBook Pro line of laptops is the first of Apple’s notebooks to employ Intel processors and has become an icon of mobile computing. 

Though dated compared to the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, this model features an optical disc drive and is far more configurable compared to the Retina models’ “sealed” design. This not only amounts to more options for upgrades, but far cheaper repairs as well.

With a blazing fast processor, more RAM than the average user will ever need, and space for massive hard drive configurations, the MacBook Pro 17″ is the perfect mobile platform for professionals and casual users alike.

Miles ahead of its PowerBook predecessor, this early MacBook Pro sports an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with an Apple-advertised 39% speed increase over the previous Core Duo model.

The vibrant 17″ display is impressive in and of itself, providing an abundance of space for users who need a portable powerhouse of a machine.

The 17″ MacBook Pro is a truly versatile design — perfect for a home office or workstation, for professionals on the go, or for casual users with a need for computing excellence. It doesn’t stop there! The MacBook Pro is employed heavily by designers, photographers, developers, and lovers of creative projects in general.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.6 17-Inch (Penryn Early 2008 ) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo processor (T9500), with two independent processor cores, a 6 MB shared on chip level 2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, a 250 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor technology, and an 8X dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. It includes a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI functionality, and a vibrant, antiglare CCFL-backlit 17″ widescreen 1680×1050 active-matrix display.

Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, the same ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 400 port, Firewire 800 port, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

The Early 2008/Penryn models use modestly faster and more energy-efficient 45 nm “Penryn” processors — compared to 65 nm “Merom” processors in the Mid-2007 Santa Rosa series, larger 6 MB level 2 caches (on the 2.5 GHz and faster models, compared to 4 MB caches on their predecessors, though the 2.4 GHz model has a 3 MB cache), more video memory, and larger stock hard drives.

2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (T9500)
2 GB, 4 GB 6 GB
GeForce 8600M GT GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM uses a 16 lane PCI Express bus.
512 MB 512 MB
Details: 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.
17.0″ Widescreen 1680×1050
Details: 17.0″ color “antiglare widescreen TFT display” with a 1680 by 1050 native resolution. Apple reports that the default display also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched”. A higher-resolution 1920×1200 LED-backlit “antiglare” or “glossy” display is available by custom order. Apple reports that this display additionally supports “1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched”.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560×1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920×1200 via HDMI. Although it can theoretically power all three external displays, as confirmed by a helpful reader, it runs too hot with three displays connected.
250, 320 GB(5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
3 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
ExpressCard/34 None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad
Notebook MacBook Pro 17″
BTO/CTO Early 2008
A1261 (EMC 2199) MacBookPro4,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. Also see: All Macs with the A1398 Model Number, the 2512 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier.
68 W h Li-Poly 4.5 Hours
X 10.5.2 (9C2018) Current
Original Price (US): $3049

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