MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
Family: MacBook Pro
Gestalt ID: 406
Minimum OS: 10.5.6
Maximum OS: 10.10.4
Introduced: January 2009
Terminated: June 2009
CPU: Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo (T9xxx)
CPU Speed: 2.66 GHz
CPU Cores: 2
Bus Speed: 1066 MHz
Register Width: 64-bit
Data Bus Width: 64-bit
Address Bus Width: 64-bit
Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction
Level 2 Cache: 6 MB on-processor
RAM Type: PC3-8500 SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 1066 MHz
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 2
Maximum RAM: 8 GB
Expansion Slots: 1 ExpressCard/34
Screen: 17" LED-backlit TFT
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
VRAM: 512 MB GDDR3, 256 MB shared (see notes)
Max Resolution: 1920x1200
Video Out: Mini DisplayPort
Hard Drive: 320 GB 5400 RPM
ATA Bus: Serial-ATA
Optical Drive: 24x/24x/10x/8x/8x/4x/4x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD±R DL
USB: 3 2.0
Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Power: 85 Watts
Battery Life: 8 hours
Dimensions: 0.98" H x 15.47" W x 10.51" D
Weight: 6.6 lbs.
The MacBook Pro's second graphics chipset used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as a 256 MB graphics system, the chipset actually used up to 272 MB of RAM.
Announced in January 2009, the MacBook Pro (17-inch, early 2009) adopted the aluminum "Unibody" case design of its smaller sibling, the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008), along with many of the same architectural improvements. These included the class-covered, clickable multi-touch trackpad, faster bus speed, a Mini DisplayPort, and two fully independent graphics chipsets.
The most notable change to the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) was to the battery. Instead of including a replaceable battery, which had been standard on Apple notebooks since the original PowerBook 100, Apple chose to embed a custom-designed, built-in battery, capable of up to 8 hours of use on a single charge. Apple claimed that the integrated battery would retain 80% or more of its original capacity for up 1,000 recharge cycles, making replacement a non-issue for most customers. Depleted batteries could be replaced (and recycled) by Apple for $179.
The MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) shipped in a single comfiguration, with a 2.66 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive, for $2,799. Built-to-order options included a faster 2.93 GHz processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, and 128 or 256 GB solid-state drives.