The M2 Pro and M2 Max chips aren’t the only upgrades in Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops. The new machines also feature faster, supercharged SSDs with higher write speeds.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro with 2TB of storage achieved read speeds of 5372MB/s and write speeds of 6491MB/s in tests conducted by reviewers using the Blackmagic Disk Benchmark program. A 14-inch M1 Pro device with 1TB of storage achieved a faster read speed of 5,797MB/s, but its write speed was significantly slower at 5,321MB/s.
Benchmark data from tests by Macworld and Tom’s guide Both report that the new machines offer faster write speeds compared to the previous generation, but with slightly slower read speeds. Those read speeds are still decently fast – almost as fast, if not faster, than a PCIe Gen 4 m.2 SSD for desktop computers – so it’s probably a worthy trade-off for what will likely result in better performance. And even if those read speeds are still a bit slower, most users won’t notice the difference in day-to-day use.
Once you get your hands on one of the new MacBook Pro models, you can expect faster write speeds and a smoother overall experience – thanks in part to the new, improved M2 silicon.
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