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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by okizen, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. okizen macrumors member

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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.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Both models will accept 16 GB RAM.
    For more differences, you can compare the machines yourself via this site.
     
  3. okizen thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanx simsaladimbamba.
     
  4. bniu macrumors 6502a

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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!
     
  5. Guru53 macrumors newbie

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    Woah! 32 GB of RAM! Definitely making that upgrade once the modules are reasonably priced. Until then my 8 GB will last perfectly fine.
     
  6. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  7. swartzfeger macrumors member

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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).

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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.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Then take a look at BetterTouchTool, which allows you to set custom gestures for custom commands.
     
  9. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
  10. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    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?
     
  11. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, and used the savings to purchase my server. Actually came out ahead in the process.
     

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