Apple quietly upgrades 15-inch MacBook Pro processors - new 2.93GHz option, 2.66GHz now standard on high end model

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By: switchtoamac at: 9:31 AM on March 3, 2009 | Comments (0)

In conjunction with an entire Mac desktop revamp of new consumer and pro Mac models, Apple has quietly added the option to upgrade the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a  2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache.  This new option replaces the prior high end 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor option.  Apple has also upgraded the standard processor on the high-end MacBook Pro with a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor thereby dropping the standard 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

0810mbp_hero.pngHere's how the 15-inch MacBook Pro processor options now stack up:
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
  • 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache
  • 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache
The change to a standard 2.66GHz processor and upgrade option to a 2.93GHz processor now bring the 15-inch processor options in-line with the 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Previously Apple offered the following processor options on the 15-inch:
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
  • 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache
  • 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache

SSD options
In addition, both the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook (unibody only) models can now be configured with a 256GB SSD (solid state drive) which was previously only an option on the 17-inch MacBook Pro.

The prices for the 256GB drive upgrades on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook (unibody) are as follows:
  • 2.0GHz unibody MacBook $900
  • 2.4GHz unibody MacBook $825
  • 2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro $825
  • 2.66GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro $750
Find out more when you or at the MacBook Pro and MacBook Technical Specifications pages page.

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