Apple updates base MacBook to NVIDIA architecture

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By: switchtoamac at: 8:50 PM on January 21, 2009 | Comments (0)

Apple has quietly updated the base white MacBook portable to the NVIDIA's 9400M architecture, the same architecture that is utilized in the unibody MacBook models.  The $999 entry level white polycarbonate MacBook now offers a more compelling value to those buyers who do not wish to pay a premium for an aluminum unibody MacBook.

macbook_wht_3qlep.pngKey specification changes:
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1,066MHz front-side bus, and 3MB shared L2 cache as utilized in the mid-range aluminum unibody MacBook
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared memory (versus DDR3 SDRAM used in the aluminum models)
  • Upgrade to Bluebooth 2.1 from 2.0
  • Doubling to 2GB memory (note however that 667MHz DDR2 memory is utilized in the white MacBook as opposed to the faster 1,066MHz DDR3 used in the aluminum models)
The 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive, 8X SuperDrive, and non-backlit keyboard remain unchanged as do many other features such as the Mini-DVI port and Firewire 400 port, a port that is not available on the unibody models.

Build-to-order white MacBooks, which Apple will custom build to a buyer's configuration choice, can be upgraded to 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 160GB Serial ATA Drive, a 250GB Serial ATA Drive or a 320GB Serial ATA Drive.

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