Is there any difference between early and late 2011 17" MBPs

okizen

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Is there any difference between early and late 2011 releases of the 17" MBPs? I need to know, besides other things, if upgrading the ram to 16GB is applicable to both versions.
 

bniu

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Is there any difference between early and late 2011 releases of the 17" MBPs? I need to know, besides other things, if upgrading the ram to 16GB is applicable to both versions.
Only difference is 200 MHz and a slightly faster graphics core. Everything else is identical. They'll each eventually take up to 32GB of RAM once 16GB DIMMs are produced...

With thunderbolt, and 32GB of RAM, I can easily see my 17" Pro lasting me 6-7 years!
 

Guru53

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Only difference is 200 MHz and a slightly faster graphics core. Everything else is identical. They'll each eventually take up to 32GB of RAM once 16GB DIMMs are produced...

With thunderbolt, and 32GB of RAM, I can easily see my 17" Pro lasting me 6-7 years!
Woah! 32 GB of RAM! Definitely making that upgrade once the modules are reasonably priced. Until then my 8 GB will last perfectly fine.
 

dlimes13

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Is there any difference between early and late 2011 releases of the 17" MBPs? I need to know, besides other things, if upgrading the ram to 16GB is applicable to both versions.
One says "Early 2011", one says "Late 2011".

Now to the real differences:

Radeon 6750M vs. 6770M (10% performance increase, if that)
i7 2.2 GHz vs. i7 2.4 GHz (5% performance increase, if that)
Possibly F3 + F4 keys, Snow Leopard vs. Lion Functions

Result: Get the Early 2011. Pretty much no difference except a lot of savings.
 

swartzfeger

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One says "Early 2011", one says "Late 2011".

Now to the real differences:

Radeon 6750M vs. 6770M (10% performance increase, if that)
i7 2.2 GHz vs. i7 2.4 GHz (5% performance increase, if that)
Possibly F3 + F4 keys, Snow Leopard vs. Lion Functions

Result: Get the Early 2011. Pretty much no difference except a lot of savings.
I just bought my early 2011 17" 2.3GHz matte at just under $1900. Just an incredible, incredible price. I had already purchased Lion for my older 2006 MBP, so I had a 10.7 disc ready to go when it was delivered.

What's the difference with the F3 and F4 keys? My F3 is expose and my F4 is dashboard (on my 2006, F12 was dashboard).

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I just bought my early 2011 17" 2.3GHz matte at just under $1900. Just an incredible, incredible price. I had already purchased Lion for my older 2006 MBP, so I had a 10.7 disc ready to go when it was delivered.

What's the difference with the F3 and F4 keys? My F3 is expose and my F4 is dashboard (on my 2006, F12 was dashboard).
Never mind. Checking pics on the apple website, it looks like the F3 key remains expose, but the F4 key is now Mission Control.

Doesn't matter to me, as I'm all over the multi-gesture swipes thing. Loving it.
 

dlimes13

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May 3, 2011
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Perrysburg, OH
I just bought my early 2011 17" 2.3GHz matte at just under $1900. Just an incredible, incredible price. I had already purchased Lion for my older 2006 MBP, so I had a 10.7 disc ready to go when it was delivered.

What's the difference with the F3 and F4 keys? My F3 is expose and my F4 is dashboard (on my 2006, F12 was dashboard).

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Never mind. Checking pics on the apple website, it looks like the F3 key remains expose, but the F4 key is now Mission Control.

Doesn't matter to me, as I'm all over the multi-gesture swipes thing. Loving it.
If I may ask, how did you get the 2.3 GHz Anti-Glare for under $1900? I got mine from MacMall w/ the AppleInsider Discount for $1814 (2.2 Glossy), but the 2.3 Anti-Glare is $2029
 

Jaro65

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One says "Early 2011", one says "Late 2011".

Now to the real differences:

Radeon 6750M vs. 6770M (10% performance increase, if that)
i7 2.2 GHz vs. i7 2.4 GHz (5% performance increase, if that)
Possibly F3 + F4 keys, Snow Leopard vs. Lion Functions

Result: Get the Early 2011. Pretty much no difference except a lot of savings.
I thought you are (or at least were) selling a 2.5 GHz late 2011 MBP 17. Did you downgrade to your current 2.2 GHz machine?