Apple MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 17-inch was first introduced in spring of 2010–and continued to more than adequately fill the need for longer battery life charge by featuring the introduction of groundbreaking 10 hour battery.
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Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 17 inch as the next significant upgrade in processor speed, stating that “17-inch MacBook Pro models are up to 50 percent faster than the previous systems”. The i7 processors used Intel’s state-of-the-art 32 nanometer process, integrating the memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster access to system memory. Hyper-Threading technology improved data throughput by creating virtual processing cores, while Turbo Boost optimized performance between the two processor cores, accelerating the system from 2.66 GHz to 3.06 GHz for intensive dual core tasks, and up to 3.33 GHz for single core tasks.
Apple also kept cranking out the graphic innovations in true Apple style with the introduction of the then new automatic graphics switching technology that toggled between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors resulting in crisp graphics capable of supporting the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. The new graphics technology automatically determined which processor a particular application required and switched instantly to deliver high level performance. By integrating hardware and software closely, Apple was able to deliver the lauded 10 hours on a single charge of the built in battery.
Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 17-inch shipped with the following features standard:
17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, antiglare display;
2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
Gigabit Ethernet port;
iSight video camera;
three USB 2.0 ports;
one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
audio line in (analog/digital);
audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
glass Multi-Touch trackpad with inertial scrolling supported
and illuminated keyboard;
built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
Software bundled on the Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 included
Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.
Standard RAM as shipped: 4
Maximum Memory Allowed: 8GB
Number of slots: 2 each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-8500 with a maximum of 4GB per slot.
Memory Type Required: DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 (non-ECC)
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