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MacBook Pro “Core i7″ 2.3 15” Mid-2012
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|Introduction Date:||June 11, 2012||Discontinued Date:||October 22, 2013|
|Details:||The “Introduction Date” refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The “Discontinued Date” refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
|Processors:||1 (4 Cores)||Architecture:||64-Bit|
|Geekbench 2 (32):||10854||Geekbench 2 (64):||11839|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com’s Ultimate Mac Comparison.
|Geekbench 3 (32):||2724||Geekbench 3 (32):||10551|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com’s Ultimate Mac Comparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):||2974||Geekbench 3 (64):||11545|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com’s Ultimate Mac Comparison.
|Processor Speed:||2.3 GHz||Processor Type:||Core i7 (I7-3615QM)|
|Details:||This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 “Ivy Bridge” (I7-3615QM) processor which includes four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 6 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” — which “automatically increases the speed of the active cores” to improve performance when needed (up to 3.3 GHz for this model) — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize eight total “cores” or “threads” (four real and four virtual).
Also see: How fast are the “Mid-2012” 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
|Turbo Boost:||3.3 GHz||Custom Speeds:||2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz*|
|Details:||*Starting February 13, 2013, this model additionally could be custom configured with a 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-3720QM) or 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3740QM) processor for an extra US$200 or US$450, respectively.
The 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-3720QM) processor has a 6 MB level 3 cache and supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” up to 3.6 GHz and “Hyper Threading” with four “virtual cores” or “threads.”
The 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3820QM) processor has an 8 MB level 3 cache and supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” up to 3.7 GHz as well as “Hyper Threading” with eight virtual cores or “threads.”
As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented these configurations as separate models.
|Details:||Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models?|
|System Bus Speed:||5 GT/s*||Cache Bus Speed:||2.3 GHz (Built-in)|
|Details:||*This system has a “Direct Media Interface” (DMI) that “connects between the processor and chipset” in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.|
|ROM/Firmware Type:||EFI||EFI Architecture:||64-Bit|
|L1 Cache:||32k/32k x4||L2/L3 Cache:||256k x 4, 6 MB|
|Details:||Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 6 MB of shared level 3 cache.|
|RAM Type:||PC3-12800 DDR3L||Min. RAM Speed:||1600 MHz|
|Details:||Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the “Mid-2012” 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
|Standard RAM:||4 GB||Maximum RAM:||16 GB*|
|Details:||4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
|Motherboard RAM:||None||RAM Slots:||2|
|Video Card:||GeForce GT 650M*||VRAM Type:||GDDR5|
|Details:||*This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have “dedicated” and “integrated” video memory?
|Standard VRAM:||512 MB*||Maximum VRAM:||512 MB*|
|Details:||The NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system (This graphics processor reserves 512 MB, 768 MB, or 1 GB of RAM for video function by with 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM installed, respectively).|
|Built-in Display:||15.4″ Widescreen||Native Resolution:||1440×900|
|Details:||By default, this model has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. However, it also is available via custom configuration with a “high-resolution glossy” 1680×1050 display and a “high-resolution antiglare” 1680×1050 display each for an additional US$100.
In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that the default display 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.
Also see: Are there any adapters or “hacks” that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?
|Standard Hard Drive:||500 GB (5400 RPM)||Int. HD Interface:||Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)|
|Details:||By custom configuration, this model originally could be equipped with a 750 GB 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM hard drive for an additional US$100 or US$150, respectively, a 1 TB hard drive or 128 GB SSD for an additional US$200, a 256 GB SSD for an additional US$500, or a 512 GB SSD for an additional US$1000. On February 13, 2013, Apple lowered the prices on the 256 GB and 512 GB SSD to an additional US$400 and US$700, respectively.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive or SSD in the “Mid-2012” 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of storage do these models support?
|Standard Optical:||8X DL “SuperDrive”||Standard Disk:||None|
|Details:||Apple reports that this slot-loading “SuperDrive” (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium 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 a maximum 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, and DVD+RW; 24x CD”.|
|Standard Modem:||None||Standard Ethernet:||10/100/1000Base-T|
|Standard AirPort:||802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)||Standard Bluetooth:||4.0|
|Details:||AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard. *This model unofficially supports 450 Mbit/sec 802.11n Wi-Fi using MIMO.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
|USB Ports:||2 (3.0)||Firewire Ports:||1 (800)|
|Details:||Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one Firewire “800” (up to 800 Mbps) port.|
|Expansion Slots:||SDXC Card Slot||Expansion Bays:||None|
|Details:||This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and accessories, including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.
|Incl. Keyboard:||Full-size||Incl. Input:||Trackpad (Inertial)|
|Details:||Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has “78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement).”
The glass multi-touch trackpad supports “inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities”.
|Case Type:||Notebook||Form Factor:||MacBook Pro (Unibody)|
|Details:||By default, this MacBook Pro uses a black and silver “unibody” case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a “catchless” magnetic latch. However, if configured with an “anti-glare” (matte) display, it has a silver border framing the display rather than a black border.|
|Apple Order No:||MD103LL/A||Apple Subfamily:||Mid-2012 15″|
|Details:||The Apple order number should be unique to this system.|
|Apple Model No:||A1286 (EMC 2556*)||Model ID:||MacBookPro9,1|
|Details:||*Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
|Battery Type:||77.5 W h Li-Poly||Battery Life:||7 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that this model has a “77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” that provides “up to 7 hours of wireless web” use.|
|Pre-Installed MacOS:||X 10.7.3 (11D2097)||Maximum MacOS:||Current|
|Details:||This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion.” OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”, and OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” as well as the current version of OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” with the exception of the “Power Nap” feature.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X El Capitan (10.11)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
|Minimum Windows:||7 (32-Bit)*||Maximum Windows:||10 (64-Bit)*|
|Details:||*Apple’s Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit of Windows 7, Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Boot Camp 6 supports the 64-bit version of Windows 10. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.|
|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:||5.6 lbs (2.56 kg)|
|Details:||In inches while closed – height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 36.4 cm, 24.9 cm).|
|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).
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