17" refurb macbook pro 2.5Ghz late 2011?

vpro

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So tell me about the L3 shared Cache on this model? Is it 6MB or is it 8MB shared L3 -- seems everyone online and the experts at Apple are really confused about.

Thanks.
 

SandboxGeneral

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oh, so apple's store site does have it wrong and is a typo for their refurb 2.5ghz 17" late 2011 then right? they list it having 6mb shared L3. hmmmmm.............
It is entirely possible some web designer at Apple typed it up wrong when they filled in the details on the refurb store.
 

Orlandoech

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oh, so apple's store site does have it wrong and is a typo for their refurb 2.5ghz 17" late 2011 then right? they list it having 6mb shared L3. hmmmmm.............
They list it as 8MB, the 6MB is for the 2.4GHz which is also listed in this pic.

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It is entirely possible some web designer at Apple typed it up wrong when they filled in the details on the refurb store.
Considering a human had to type it, yes it is possible. it is an 8MB cache, NOT 6MB.

Also check benchmarks for the 17", it lists the 2.5GHz model with an 8MB cache on the Intel Core i7-2860QM which is in the 17".

http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/986508
 

vpro

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okay thank you much both!

here is the big question then if i get the refurb 17" 2.5Ggz

how much should i EXPECT to pay for upgrades, the most optimal upgrades that will get me awesome benchmarks over 11,172 or just there?

16GB ram?

Oh strange i noticed that

8192 MB 1600 MHz DDR3

clocked faster than

16384 MB 1333 MHz DDR3

soooooooo - is it possible to install 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3's into the late 2011 17" 2.5ghz machine????????

Also...... Can i still use the HDD once i remove it? i read a lot of things about the optical drive and replacing it with a HDD or SSD and 6GB transfers with problems and blah blah blah, i don't get it?

Should I go through all this trouble or just jump to the 15" rmbp with 2.7ghz and 16gb base model?

thanks much

Vi An.
 

Orlandoech

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okay thank you much both!

soooooooo - is it possible to install 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3's into the late 2011 17" 2.5ghz machine????????
Yes all 2011 15" and 17" MBPs can accept up to 32GB Ram up to 1600MHz, problem is they dont make 16GB dimms so you're limited to 16GB 1600MHz Total.

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okay thank you much both!


Also...... Can i still use the HDD once i remove it? i read a lot of things about the optical drive and replacing it with a HDD or SSD and 6GB transfers with problems and blah blah blah, i don't get it?
Yes you can reuse the factory HDD via external enclosure or via optibay caddy. You will need/want to format and partition the hard drive however. 2011 MBPs are limited to SATAII (3GB/s) speeds via the optibay. The main HDD bay is capable of SATAIII (6GB/s) speeds.

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okay thank you much both!


Should I go through all this trouble or just jump to the 15" rmbp with 2.7ghz and 16gb base model?
Only if you want to. Whats more important, a 17" screen with 1920x1200 or 15" screen that can do 2880x1800 resolution with 1440x900, 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 being HiDPi?
 

Bnorton

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I have a 17" late 2011, anti glare, 2.5GHz, 512ssd + :) 16GB!!!

Once I knew Apple was discontinuing the 17", bought my web site re-furb.

With the SSD and the 16GB, this thing screams!!! Plus longer battery life!

I have 8GB for virtual machine!
 

vpro

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test drive

gonna test drive a 2.7Ghz/16GB/768GB SSD of my own

thanks everyone for your support(all possible levels), information and encouragements
 

vpro

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Once I knew Apple was discontinuing the 17", bought my web site re-furb.

With the SSD and the 16GB, this thing screams!!! Plus longer battery life!

I have 8GB for virtual machine!


So the refurb you got is like brand new, no issues, no dents or fine scratches anywhere? I am curious.

Thanks.
 

terraphantm

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So the refurb you got is like brand new, no issues, no dents or fine scratches anywhere? I am curious.

Thanks.
My understanding is the housing, battery, keyboard, and trackpad are all new with Apple refurbs. The refurb MBA I bought ages ago seemed brand new for all intents and purposes.