With a black and silver design reminiscent of the Aluminum iMac models, the “Unibody” MacBook Pro “Core 2 Duo” (Late 2008) models introduced an all new case design milled from a single block of aluminum providing greater strength and a superior finish than previous systems.
The Apple MacBook Pro “Core 2 Duo” 2.4 15-Inch (Unibody – Late 2008) features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.4 GHz Intel “Core 2 Duo” processor (P8600), with two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared “on chip” level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 1 GB modules), a 250 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL “SuperDrive”, dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, and an LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen TFT active-matrix “glossy” display (1440×900 native resolution).
Connectivity includes an ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire “800” port, optical digital/analog audio in/out, and a new “Mini DisplayPort” that supports an external display at 2560×1600.
In addition to the new case design, compared to the “Early 2008/Penryn” models that these replaced, the “Unibody” line offers a new “no button” glass “multi-touch” trackpad with support for new “four finger” gestures and programmable “zones”, a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory, and perhaps most notably, faster and dual graphics processors.
Introduction Date: October 14, 2008 Discontinued Date: June 8, 2009
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 3261 Geekbench 2 (64): 3634
Geekbench 3 (32): 1297 Geekbench 3 (32): 2243
Geekbench 3 (64): 1417 Geekbench 3 (64): 2490
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Processor Type: Core 2 Duo (P8600)
Details: *The Intel “Core 2 Duo” 45 nm “Penryn” (P8600) processor includes two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip.
Also see: How much faster is the 15-Inch “Unibody” MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo than the “Early 2008 Penryn” MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo?
Turbo Boost: N/A Custom Speeds: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 1066 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 2.4 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k L2/L3 Cache: 3 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1066 MHz
Details: Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM. Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the 15-Inch “Late 2008/Unibody” MacBook Pro? How much RAM of what type does it support?
Standard RAM: 2 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB*
Details: 2 GB of RAM is installed as two 1 GB modules, no slots free.
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. Originally, this model was only unofficially capable of stably supporting 6 GB of RAM, but as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, it is capable of supporting 8 GB of RAM if updated to Boot ROM Version MBP51.007E.B05 and running MacOS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or higher.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory — as well as other upgrades — for this MacBook Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 2
Video Card: GeForce 9600M GT* VRAM Type: GDDR3
Details: *This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
Also see: How much faster is the graphics performance of the “Unibody” MacBook Pro when using the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT compared to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M?
Standard VRAM: 256 MB* Maximum VRAM: 256 MB*
Built-in Display: 15.4″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 1440×900
Details: 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched”.
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
Standard Hard Drive: 250 GB (5400 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details: Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the 15-Inch “Unibody” MacBook Pro?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
Standard Optical: 8X DL “SuperDrive” Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was available for US$49.
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (800)
Expansion Slots: ExpressCard/34 Expansion Bays: None
Details: One ExpressCard/34 expansion slot.
Also see: What is ExpressCard/34? Is it compatible with PC Cards?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of ExpressCard/34 cards as well as external expansion options and accessories including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Ireland, site sponsor SmartSpot sells a number of external expansion options and accessories like cases, cables, SD cards, speakers, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of ExpressCard/34 cards in addition to external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Pro.
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (4 Finger)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Pro (Unibody)
Apple Order No: MB470LL/A Apple Subfamily: Late 2008
Apple Model No: A1286 (EMC 2255) Model ID: MacBookPro5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1286 Model Number, the 2255 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro5,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 50 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 5 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a “50-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” that provides “5 hours of wireless productivity”.
Also see: What is the 15-Inch “Unibody” MacBook Pro battery life in “real-world” tests? What is the difference in battery life when using the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT compared to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells quality batteries for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.5 (9F2114) Maximum MacOS: X 10.11.x*
Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (64-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: 0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82 Avg. Weight: 5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1999 Est. Current Retail: US$700-US$800
Details: 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).
Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.