The MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4 15-Inch (Mid-2010) is powered by a 32 nm, dual-core 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 I5-520M (Arrandale) processor, with dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and an 3 MB shared level 3 cache. This system also supports Turbo Boost -- which automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload up to 2.93 GHz for this model -- and Hyper Threading -- which allows the system to recognize four virtual cores or threads. By default, it is configured with 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 160 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL SuperDrive, and dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory and Intel HD Graphics with 256 MB of RAM shared with the system -- that Mac OS X automatically switches between for better graphics performance and better battery life, respectively, depending on application use.
- Intel Core i5-520M 2.4Ghz CPU
- 4GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM
- 160GB Hard Drive
- 15.4" LED-backlit Glossy Widescreen Display
- 8x SuperDrive
- Memory Card Reader
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
- 10/100/1000 Network
- AirPort Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
- Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Mac OS X Pre-Installed
Review from Notebookcheck.net
Overhauling the internal hardware has been the focus of this update. Improvements have been made to the CPU, GPU, graphics switching, chipset, loudspeakers and battery. The touchpad has got even better thanks to the fantastic inertial scrolling. We were delighted to see that a high-res matt display was among the options, as well as a giant 512 GB SSD (although we would probably recommend upgrading to an SSD yourself rather than choosing this option).
All the good stuff about the old MacBook Pro remains - the excellent case, its small size and light weight, its great input devices and its quiet system noise. The performance has certainly improved, though Windows notebooks can match it (for a much lower price). But compared to the old models, this MacBook Pro offers much better performance.
But of course the biggest issue is the machine's expensive price tag, coming with only a 12-month warranty, which is expensive to extend to three years (including phone service). Windows machines with similar hardware are substantially cheaper. But because there is no direct competition to the MacBook Pro in terms
of design and quality of workmanship, the prices will probably remain very high for some time to come.