17" refurb macbook pro 2.5Ghz late 2011?

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  1. vpro macrumors 65816

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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.

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  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    According to the app Mactracker the 2.5GHz should be CPU model 2860QM and on Intel's website it lists it as 8MB.

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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.............
     
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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.
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    They list it as 8MB, the 6MB is for the 2.4GHz which is also listed in this pic.

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    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
     
  6. vpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  7. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    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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    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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    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?
     
  8. Bnorton macrumors newbie

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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!
     
  9. vpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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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
     
  10. vpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  11. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    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.
     

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