Relic MacBook polycarbonate…

New MacBook case made of white polycarbonate was unusual. Strange was born in performance inferior to the MacBook, which he replaced, and almost in no way inferior to the aluminum counterpart processor with a frequency of 2.0 GHz…

20 Jan, as usual on Tuesdays, the online store is closed… to carry out any works. When it opens, anything new did not find it. To see the changes, it was necessary to open the MacBook, and data MacBook (White). Which enlightened the audience was not interested. “Hmm…” said the crowd, “it Happens.”

The changes were in the specifications of the MacBook (White) – the clock frequency of its processor decreased from 2.1 to 2.0 GHz. And the place of the Intel GMA X3100 took the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M.

The press release was not. 19 January there was a press release with the announcement of the date for a public report on the results of the holiday quarter, and two days later, on January 21 released a press release with the retelling of the report. No word about the new MacBook.

Apple almost never mentioned him. To find it in the online store was not easy. Of him few people knew. In a retail Apple Store it was, but almost in secret, him remembered only if someone asked.

Cost MacBook in prehistoric enclosure thickness of 1.08 inches (2,75 cm) and weighing 5 pounds (2.27 kg) $ 999.

His brilliant brother in a housing machined from a single piece aircraft alloy with the same clock frequency of the processor with the same integrated graphics processor cost 1 299.

You have already guessed what it is? Have a Unibody MacBook was incredibly beautiful building “world designers”, with a thickness of 0.95 inch (2,41 cm), he weighed just over 2 pounds (40 grams), it was unprecedented is durable and not covered with scratches from day one, but for too many potential buyers of these and other virtues was not worth three hundred dollars.

Apple was afraid that MacBook from recycled remains of prehistoric flora and fauna will eat brilliant and wonderful aluminum MacBook, which invested much effort and funds.

Would it not be easier to get rid of the relic? Apple girl fancy, but adequate. If it were easier, a plastic Mac and had no one extra day. In some segments of the market, these MacBook and was irreplaceable. In education, for example.

Cheap plastic MacBook was produced until 2012, updated (sometimes more than radical), something kept the company from a simple and logical step. Or someone?

This is the seventh 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);
The fourth part: the Last years iPhone Mac: MacBook “SR”;
The fifth part: the Next model of MacBook “Early 2008 Penryn”;
Sixth part: MacBook (Late 2008): a lot of new and slightly old….

The exposure

If no performance measurement to determine which of the two or three computers really quickly is impossible, test and race have no practical meaning. But…

In our case, the comparison is necessary.

We compare the plastic MacBook of sample January 20, 2009 (White 09), the same from 2008 (White 08) and a Unibody MacBook with CPU speed of 2.0 GHz (Unibody).

Tests Geekbench 2 show approximately the same result as the set of hundreds (or even thousands) of different tests that subjected the three of you in 2009 so here goes:

White 09: 32-bit test 2 719, 64-bit – 3 072;
White 08: 32-bit – 2 827, 64-bit – 3 201;
Unibody: 32-bit – 2 804, 64-bit – 3 124.

Geekbench 4, for comparison, (SC – benchmark single core, MC – all):

White 09: SC – 265 1, MC – 2 078;
White 08: SC – 363 1, MC – 2 388;
Unibody: SC – 338 1, MC – 2 050.

That is, the protagonist of today’s story, along with the Unibody, inferior plastic White 08 White 09 Unibody is slightly inferior, but by and large they are about equal. To the naked eye the difference is not visible.

And two more conclusions: first, White 09 “strangled” artificially, processor with a clock frequency of 2.1 GHz would increase its cost at the microscopic level, and second, it is clear why I did it.

About the main character

The model identifier is MacBook5,2.

Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (P7350), with 3 MB of cache second level. The same as in the Unibody MacBook announced October 14, 2008.

Chipset developed by Apple and NVIDIA, with integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. Graphics performance 5.5 times higher, according to Steve. She really was higher 3-4 times, and even 6.2!

2 gigabytes of RAM in its base configuration. Some reference books from these 2 Gigabyte from 256 Megabytes taken away – they still that no, their uses 9400M.

Memory type – PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz). As for White 08. Perhaps, without this step, smother relict MacBook failed.

The maximum size of RAM (according to Apple) to 4 GB (identical modules for 2 GB in two available slots), actually 6 Gigabytes (modules 2 and 4 Gigabytes). The access time of the memory with different size modules in the slots and in fact increased, but 6 Gigabytes of RAM made up for it – repeatedly proved.

Clock speed the front of the bus – 1066 MHz. The basic kit hard drive 120 GB (5 400 rpm), interface – SATA. For a fee it can be replaced by the drive 160, 250 or 320 Gigabytes, with the same speed of rotation of the rotor.

The screen is glossy, with a diagonal of 13.3 inch (33.8 cm), with expansion in 1280×800. The external monitor support resolution up to 1920×1200.

8x DL SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), the same as for White 08 and in expensive MacBook “Penryn” from January 2008.

Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (White 08 was Bluetooth 2.0) Apple USB modem for an additional fee, Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Firewire 400 port…

According to some experts, Firewire 400 has retained the reluctance of Apple to alter communication in the relic MacBook – so it was easier and cheaper. And that’s all. The presence of this port did White 09 a bestseller, no matter what, but this is a side effect of the fight did not. In the end, he makes a profit.

And, whether for the same reason, which left Firewire 400, MacBook5,2 left mini-DVI. Mini DisplayPort or considered inappropriate in “relic” model?

To be continued

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