MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)

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MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
Device type MacBook Pro
Model identifier MacBookPro4,1
Release year 2008
Processor 2.4-2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo "Penryn " (base model); optional 2.6 GHz
Display 15''

Architecture detail:

  • CPU: 64-bit
  • EFI ROM: 64-bit*
  • Graphics: 64-bit

*Uses 32-bit kernel by default under Lion and earlier. 64-bit mode selectable

OS support:

  • Shipped: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Maximum: Current OS X
  • Windows: XP, Vista, 7 (32 or 64-bit)**

**XP and Vista require BootCamp 2.0-3.2 from Mac OS X versions prior to Lion. Windows 7 requires Boot Camp 3.1 or later

No news is good news. This model is essentially a speed-bump of the Mid/Late 2007 design minus the inbuilt numeric keypad. This is also the first model to not include an Apple Remote in the packaging. However, it is the first of the line to allow a third processor option at build time: this one a 2.6 GHz Core2 Duo with 6 MB cache. Dedicated VRAM gets doubled in all setups, while storage options make modest gains.

From this point onward, as the 15" model develops internally, it begins to shed features once considered computing staples.

This model is vulnerable to faults in the NVIDIA 8600M GT GPU, caused by an abnormally weak bond between GPU and logic board. If you experience scrambled video or no video at all, have the logic board serviced.

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