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The MacBook Pro 17-inch family (original, Core 2 Duo, 2.4GHz and Early 2008) represents four generations of Apple's Intel-based professional 17-inch portables. The original MacBook Pro 17-inch had an Intel Core Duo chip, the 17-inch (Core 2 Duo and 2.4GHz) had successive Intel Core 2 Duo chips, and the newly introduced MacBook Pro (Early 2008) contains the new Intel Penryn chip, .

The Intel Penryn architecture supports faster clock speeds of 2.5GHz with a 6MB Shared L2 cache, plus a configured-to-order 2.6GHz with a 6MB Shared L2 cache, with VRAM increased to 512MB. Two new hard drive sizes include 200GB/7200 RPM and 300GB/4200RPM.

Other new features include: a user-friendy multi-touch trackpad, an updated keyboard layout, and a hi-res LED-driven display backlight (configured-to-order option). With an LED backlight and Halogen-free components, this line continues Apple's commitment to a "Greener Apple."

The only visual differences among models are a small LED opening in the display bezel of the original MacBook Pro, and new keyboard icons on the recent MackBook Pro (17-inch Early 2008).

Main service and feature differences among 17-inch MacBook Pro models:

MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2008)

MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4GHz + Late 2007 2.6GHz CTO*)

MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)

MacBook Pro (original 17-inch)

Intro Date

February 26, 2008

June 5, 2007 / Nov 1, 2007

October 24, 2006

April 24, 2006

Microprocessor

2.5GHz Penryn and 2.6GHz (CTO)

2.4GHz Core 2 Duo + *2.6GHz CTO (Late 2007)

2.33GHz Core 2 Duo

2.16GHz Core Duo

L2 Cache

6MB shared (1:1)

4MB shared (1:1)

4MB shared (1:1)

2MB shared (1:1)

Bus Speed

800 MHz

800 MHz

667 MHz

667 MHz

Max RAM

4 GB

4 GB

3 GB

2 GB

Hard Drive(s)

250GB, 5400 RPM 300GB, 4200 RPM (CTO) 200GB, 7200 RPM (CTO)

160GB, 5400 RPM 200GB, 4200 RPM (CTO) 160GB, 7200 RPM (CTO)

160GB, 5400 RPM 100GB, 7200 RPM (CTO) 200GB, 4200 RPM (CTO)

120GB, 5400 RPM 100GB, 7200 RPM (CTO)

*250GB, 5400 RPM (CTO) *200GB, 7200 RPM (CTO)

Graphics Chip

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT w/ 512MB VRAM

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT w/ 256MB VRAM

ATI x1600

ATI x1600

Display

CCFL backlight, plus CTO LED backlit hi-res model

CCFL backlight

CCFL backlight

CCFL backlight

Optical Drive

8x DVD Dual Layer Superdrive

8x DVD Dual Layer Superdrive

8x DVD Dual Layer Superdrive

8x DVD Dual Layer Superdrive

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Apple Technologies Explained

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