Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17" Mid/Late 2007, 2.4GHz* - MA897LL/A - MacBookPro3,1, A1229

Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17" (SR) Specs

Identifiers: Mid/Late 2007, 2.4GHz* - MA897LL/A - MacBookPro3,1 - A1229 - 2137
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Apple MacBook ProThe Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17-Inch (Santa Rosa) features a 2.4 GHz "Core 2 Duo" processor (T7700), with two independent processor "cores", a 4 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus, 2.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, a 160 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive with "Sudden Motion Sensor" technology, and an 8X dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. It also includes a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI functionality, and a 17" widescreen "matte" or "glossy" CCFL-backlit 1680x1050 TFT active-matrix display (a higher-resolution 1920x1200 display also is available by custom configuration).


Externally, the MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17-Inch (Santa Rosa) effectively is identical to the MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.33 17" that it replaced -- with the same fiber-optic-based "ambient light sensor" that adjusts keyboard illumination and screen brightness, "scrolling TrackPad", "MagSafe" power connector, integrated iSight video camera (although it is an unadvertised 1.3 megapixels), and included Apple Remote. Connectivity includes the same ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (although the "Santa Rosa" model supports 802.11n by default), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire "400" port, Firewire "800" port, three USB 2.0 ports, optical digital audio in/out, and DVI out.

Internally, however, the "Santa Rosa" model uses a more advanced architecture with a faster frontside bus (800 MHz compared to 667 MHz), additional RAM capacity (4 GB instead of 3 GB), a faster graphics processor (NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT instead of the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600), and superior power management (including a dynamically adjustable frontside bus, which results in an extra fifteen minutes of estimated battery life).

Beginning November 1, 2007, Apple also offered this model with a 2.6 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (T7800) processor via custom configuration for an additional US$250.

Please note that unlike the 15-Inch "Santa Rosa" models, the 17-Inch system has a traditional CCFL backlit display rather than an LED-backlit display.

Also see:
  • What are the differences between the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa models?
  • What is the difference between the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa models and the previous MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models that they replaced?


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June 5, 2007February 26, 2008
1 (2 Cores)3100/3463*
2.4 GHzCore 2 Duo (T7700)
Details:The Intel "Core 2 Duo" (T7700) 65 nm "Merom" processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How much faster are the MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo "Mid-2007/Santa Rosa" models compared to the "Core 2 Duo" models that they replaced?
2.6 GHz64-Bit
SolderedIntegrated
800 MHz2.4 GHz (Built-in)
EFI64-Bit
32k/32k4 MB (on chip)
PC2-5300 DDR2667 MHz
Details:Supports 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM. Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the MacBook Pro? How much RAM of what type does it support?
2 GB6 GB*
Details:2 GB installed as two 1 GB modules. No slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 6 GB of RAM using one 2 GB and one 4 GB memory module.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this MacBook Pro.

In Canada, site sponsor The Mac Market sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None2
GeForce 8600M GTGDDR3 SDRAM
Details:The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM uses a 16 lane PCI Express bus.
256 MB256 MB
17.0" Widescreen1680x1050*
Details:17.0" color "matte" or "glossy" widescreen TFT active-matrix display with a 1680 by 1050 native resolution. Apple reports that the default display also supports "1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched".

*A higher-resolution 1920x1200 display also was available by custom order. Apple reports that this display additionally supports "1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched".

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Dual/Mirroring2560x1600
Details:Simultaneously supports native resolution on the internal display and a maximum of 2560x1600 on an external display.
160 GB (5400 RPM)Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
8X DL "SuperDrive"None
Details:Apple reports that the 8X dual-layer DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive has a maximum write speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW" and read speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD."
None10/100/1000Base-T
802.11a/b/g/n2.0+EDR
3 (2.0)1 (400), 1 (800)
Details:Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port, one Firewire "800" port.
ExpressCard/34None
Details:One ExpressCard/34 expansion slot.

Also see: What is ExpressCard/34? Is it compatible with PC Cards?
Full-sizeTrackpad
NotebookMacBook Pro 17"
MA897LL/AMid/Late 2007, 2.4GHz*
A1229 (EMC 2137)MacBookPro3,1
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1229 Model Number, the 2137 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
68 W h Li-Poly5.75 Hours
X 10.4.9 (8Q1058)Current*
XP SP2 (32-Bit)*7 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)**
NoneBoot/Virtualization
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1.0 x 15.4 x 10.46.8 lbs. (3.08 kg)
US$2799*US$850-US$1000
Details:*Beginning November 1, 2007, Apple also offered this model with a 2.6 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (T7800) processor via custom configuration for an additional US$250.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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