Last year iPhone Mac: MacBook “SR”

Computers disappeared from the company name, but not ceased to be one of the most important directions of its activity. Doubts were at the time they were crazy, and they can be to expect anything: iMac, iPod, Mac and Intel, iPhone, iPod touch…

The first of November 2007, a few days after the long-awaited release of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard”, on the background of the phenomenal sales of the iPod touch and iPhone, Apple announced the latest changes in computer product line in the ending year.

Changed (second time in a year) MacBook. And now it was no speed-bump…

This is the fourth part of a series about the MacBook, the previous part of the series here:

The first part: Operation iMac: iBook becomes the MacBook;
Second part: MacBook Core 2 and the seasons;
Third part: the First new era iPhone Mac (MacBook).

Series about iBook G4, MacBook predecessors, here:

First part: cheapest G4 laptop in the world; there’s also links to all of the series about iBook G3;
Second part: Spring update: iBook G4 (Early 2004);
Third part: the Two last models of the iBook G4….

Intel graphics second generation

Graphics processor Intel GMA 950, earned the nickname “video vampire” that has a lot of advantages: he was part of the chipset, and use it was easy. The most important and urgent task he coped. No one demands that cars economy class prohibitive technical data and comfort of a luxury (they are, actually, and not particularly necessary).

But the unpleasant nickname, and the criticism of him was well deserved. GMA 950 graphics chips, Intel has not stopped. The new MacBook was the first computer from Apple to use the Intel GMA X3100, mobile version of the very decent Intel GMA X3500.

Like the Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA X3100 was not its own VRAM. Instead, he could use up to 384 MB total RAM.

MacBook has allocated for its needs the 144 Megabyte, in extreme situations allowing him to capture three or four dozen of Megabytes over the limit, for a short time. Restart in Windows (using the Book Camp) to disclose all the talent Intel GMA X3100, giving it 384 MB in undivided use. And people burned (that is, played in the harsh gaming games, overheating and killing the computer).

Branded GPUs from the best manufacturers surpassed it in almost all important respects – except for the price and ease of use, and in many cases these parameters were the most important.

MacBook “Santa Rosa”

“SR” in the informal name of the model was glossed as “Santa Rosa”.

The name of the chipset designed for the MacBook Pro, and is increasingly used in the Macs General (“everyday” and professional) designation.

The new chipset is the higher clock frequency of the front system bus (800 MHz instead of 667) and 64-bit EFI, and past the restriction visible in the system memory 3 GB (even if it was installed 4 or 6).

The last circumstance for a computer preinstalled with Mac OS 10.5, greedy for RAM, but still using the integrated graphics from Intel was particularly valuable.

However, in the basic configuration included only 1 GB of RAM. Two chips of 512 Megabytes occupied both slots. In the online store, extra, its volume could increase up to 4 Gigabytes – but the buyer of household computer has every right to know what is the Gigabytes and RAM in General…

Screen – the same wide angle, with a diagonal of 13.3 inch (33.8 cm), with a resolution of 1280×800 (native), as the other MacBook Ah polycarbonate. Connected external monitor support resolution up to 1920×1200.

Interface hard drives – c SATA 1.5 GB/s, optical drive – UltraATA/100.

Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T modem external and for a fee, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 2 USB 2.0, 1 x FW 400.

MacBook3,1 supplied preloaded with Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard”, as he maintained (without much effort) all system versions up to Mac OS 10.7.5.

And – of Windows from XP SP2 to 7, 32-bit. Windows had legally purchased from Microsoft, to install and use this system required or Boot Camp (he’s now part of the operating system and its release version was much friendlier than the beta), or a virtualizer (VMWare or Parallels).

Compared with the MacBook2,0 (section “Optical drives”), optical drives have not changed.

Options

At current (2006) tradition, MacBook (Late 2007) was presented in the online shop in three basic configurations (versions):

White economy class, with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (T7300), for $ 1099;
— White, with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz (T7500), for 1299 dollars;
— Black, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz (T7500), for 1499 dollars.

In the basic configuration of the “white economy class” consisted of 8-fold Combo and the drive capacity of 80 GB (5 400 rpm). For an extra fee you can replace it with the disk 120 GB (5 400 rpm), 160 GB (5 400 rpm) or 250 GB (5 400 rpm).

Geekbench 2, 32-bit tests, option 2 scored 699 points in the 64-bit – 3 067. The equivalent from the previous model scored, respectively, 2 and 2 610 863. There is a difference but not too noticeable (as in real life).

In the basic configuration the “white” variant – DL SuperDrive and disk 120 GB (5 400 rpm), which in the Configurator online store could be replaced by a disk of 160 GB (5 400 rpm) or 250 GB (5 400 rpm). For some reason (perhaps this was some kind of commercial sense) to choose a smaller drive size was not offered.

Geekbench 2, 32-bit tests, option 2 scored 931 points, in 64-bit – 3 289. The same version of the previous model scored 793 2 and 3 163. Productivity growth at 5% in 32-bit tests, and 4% in 64-bit.

The basic configuration of the “black” variant, with the exception of the amount included in her drive, were no different from “white.” The drive capacity of 160 Gigabytes, in the Configurator it is possible to choose the 250 GB disk. All with 5 400 rpm.

In Geekbench 2 the results of all tests were consistent with the results of the “white” variant that should not be surprising.

And the color of the body, because of which this option was worth $ 200 more expensive than “white”. The choice of drive capacity of 160 Gigabytes instead of the standard 120-gigabaytny cost in excess of $ 75, and the “white” version was the exact technical equivalent of “black”. The tax on beauty – $ 125.

To be continued

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