Today Apple introduced its first MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks based on Intel's 45nm mobile Penryn CPU. We've already looked at the mobile Penryn CPU and discovered that despite offering very little performance boost, its contribution to improving battery life was significant. We're hard at work on seeing how mobile Penryn stacks up in the MacBook Pro but we couldn't resist a look at its internals before then.

The old and new MacBook Pro are 100% identical from the outside:

The specs of the new MacBook Pro are as follows:


  New Penryn MacBook Pro 15" Old Merom MacBook Pro 15" New Penryn MacBook Old Merom MacBook MacBook Air
Dimensions H: 1.0"
W: 14.1"
D: 9.6"
H: 1.0"
W: 14.1"
D: 9.6"
H: 1.08"
W: 12.78"
D: 8.92"
H: 1.08"
W: 12.78"
D: 8.92"
H: 0.16-076"
W: 12.8"
D: 8.94"
Weight 5.4 lbs 5.4 lbs 5.0 lbs 5.0 lbs 3.0 lbs
Screen Size/Resolution 15.4" / 1440 x 900 15.4" / 1440 x 900 13.3" / 1280 x 800 13.3" / 1280 x 800 13.3" / 1280 x 800
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz - 2.6GHz (45nm Penryn) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz - 2.6GHz (65nm Merom) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 - 2.4GHz (45nm Penryn) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 - 2.2GHz (65nm Merom) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6 - 1.8GHz (65nm Merom)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (256MB - 512MB) NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (128MB - 256MB) Intel GMA X3100
(144MB UMA)
Intel GMA X3100
(144MB UMA)
Intel GMA X3100 (144MB UMA)
Memory 2GB - 4GB DDR2-667 2GB - 4GB DDR2-667 1GB - 4GB DDR2-667 1GB - 4GB DDR2-667 2GB DDR2-667 (fixed)
HDD 200 - 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM SATA
200GB 7200RPM SATA
120 - 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM SATA
200GB 7200RPM SATA
120 - 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM SATA HDD 80 - 160GB 2.5" 5400RPM SATA HDD 80GB 1.8" HDD
or 64GB 1.8" SSD
Optical Drive Integrated SuperDrive Integrated SuperDrive Integrated Combo drive or SuperDrive Integrated Combo drive or SuperDrive Optional External USB SuperDrive
Networking 802.11a/b/g/n
10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n
10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n
10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n
10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n
Built in iSight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inputs 2 x USB 2.0
1 x FireWire 400
1 x FireWire 800
1 x ExpressCard/34
1 x Audio in
1 x Integrated mic
2 x USB 2.0
1 x FireWire 400
1 x FireWire 800
1 x ExpressCard/34
1 x Audio in
1 x Integrated mic
2 x USB 2.0
1 x FireWire 400
1 x Audio in
1 x Integrated mic
2 x USB 2.0
1 x FireWire 400
1 x Audio in
1 x Integrated mic
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Integrated mic
Outputs 1 x Audio
1 x dual-link DVI
1 x Audio
1 x dual-link DVI
1 x Audio
1 x mini-DVI
1 x Audio
1 x mini-DVI
1 x Audio
1 x Micro-DVI
Battery 60WHr 60WHr 55WHr 55WHr 37WHr
Price $1999 $1999 $1099 $1099 $1799

As you can see, not much has changed with these new notebooks. They get a slight bump in clock speed (but potential increase in battery life as well) combined with a larger hard drive.

The shining star of the new notebooks is Intel's mobile Penryn CPU, so let's take a closer look.

Inside the new MacBook Pro
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  • mainchochacho - Saturday, March 01, 2008 - link

    One visible difference not touched upon is the multi-touch technology in the trackpad. You can see a difference from the previous rev. on the bottom side of the topcase (visible when the battery is removed). There are more chips and resistors on the underside of the trackpad. Reply
  • steadicam - Thursday, February 28, 2008 - link

    Using my new Macbook pro got it this morning. Ordered on Tues. Anyway feels like my old Macbook pro 2.0 but works well. But still has the same amount of USB ports 2 Reply
  • stringmint - Thursday, February 28, 2008 - link

    This model finally replaces the little-used Enter key given prominence on the right.

    Methods were available for G4 models to map Enter to Option, a heavily used key which is missing on the right side, but on the intel MBP's all the key mapping solutions I have tried fail. They work mapping the Enter to other keys but not to Option - a right Option key is very useful, eg. for switching Firefox tabs, using a Space hotkey, etc one handed.
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  • wk127001 - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    Anandtech,

    I just bought one of these new MBPs and I desperately want to know how much battery life they save over the Merom based ones. So get that part 2 article out soon!
    Reply
  • nhshah - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    macbook pro

    i have been waiting for this update for quite some time now....
    but now there already rumors of the next update...

    i do a lot of high end video editing and graphics work
    so i can really use all the power i can get for my buck....

    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/02/27/next-macbook-a...">http://www.macrumors.com/2008/02/27/nex...cbook-an...

    i am runnin only pcs at home right now but use macs at work...
    i really prefer mac and am just waiting....
    my plan was to wait a couple weeks after this update just
    to read other ppls reviews...but i dont know if it would be worth it now...

    what are your recomendations to me?


    Reply
  • wk127001 - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    If you need one now buy it, otherwise you'll probably be waiting much longer than June. I would guess August maybe longer. I just purchased a new one and I can't wait till it arrives. You'll always be waiting for the new technology anyway if you never buy. Reply
  • crimson117 - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    "high end video editing and graphics work"

    Don't consider a laptop, unless you have a great need for mobile video editing. Get a desktop Mac Pro, or a high end desktop PC. Macbook Pros are certainly good machines, but you pay a price and performance premium for their mobility.
    Reply
  • nhshah - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    I do have a high need for mobility.
    I travel between multiple school campuses, work, and home.
    I am always working on stuff, and if I had my MBP with me
    anywhere else, I could/would also be more productive.

    Also, I can't afford as great of a Mac Pro as I want,
    but that will most likely be my next purchase after maybe
    an iPhone.
    Reply
  • potpoi - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    I noticed that apple has added an additional USB port on the new macbook pros, to bring the total up to three, instead of the two shown in the table above. Reply
  • ncbill - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - link

    Could you list the brand/model of the hard drives and optical drive in the MBP?

    Especially interested to see if Apple has upgraded their Superdrive, since the bargain bin Matshita DVD burner that Apple put in my Macbook is failing along with many others:

    http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=11...">http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=11...
    Reply

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