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The currentprevious 17" MacBook Pro has three CPU options:

  • 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 [Subtract $360.00]
  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 [Subtract $180.00]
  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7

Does anyone know what the exact CPU model names are, and which of them have 4 cores?
I can't find additional details anywhere.

The speeds are higher than Dell's options, leading me to believe that they're all 2-core.

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The specs are available at this page.

The 2.53 i5 is the I5-540M (2 physical / 4 virtual cores, and Turbo Boost overclocking).
The 2.66 i7 is the I7-620M (2 physical / 4 virtual, and Turbo Boost).
The 2.80 i7 is the I7-640M (2 physical / 4 virtual, Turbo Boost).

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It appears that the new (as of February 24th) 17" MacBook Pro offers a choice between the following two:

(Gleaned from comparison's between Apple's marketing and Wikipedia)

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UPDATED

New MacBook Pros were announced today, Feb 24.
Now, the 17" has the following options:

2.2 Quad Core i7
2.3 Quad Core i7

I will update with more info as soon as the Apple Online Store reopens and/or EveryMac updates.

  • The online store just reopened. However, they don't say anything more than you did. – SLaks Feb 24 '11 at 15:13

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