Based on tests and reviews of new laptops, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros based on the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips have faster SSD write speeds than their predecessors.
This week, select reviewers and the media have had the opportunity to preview the new MacBook Pros before they go on sale starting Tuesday, January 24th. As part of their reviews, Macworld and Tom’s Guide tested the read and write speed of M2 Pro and M2 Max SSD chips in the latest Apple laptops.
When Macworld When tested with the Blackmagic Disk Speed app, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and 2TB storage configuration showed a read speed of 5372MB/s and a write speed of 6491MB/s. The previous-generation 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip and 1 TB of memory showed a read speed of 5797 MB/s slightly faster than the 16-inch M2 Pro; however, the write speed was lower – 5321 MB / s.
Blackmagic Drive Speed Results Based on Tom’s Guide Tests
Test results published Tom’s Guide also show that the new M2 Pro has a faster write speed than M1 Pro, but a slightly slower read speed. Testing the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Max, the laptop performed the same as the 16-inch M2 Pro, reaching 5319MB/s read speed and 6402MB/s write speed.
Although the newer MacBook Pros have slightly slower read speeds in these tests, users are unlikely to notice a difference in day-to-day performance unless they are working with significantly larger files. Other factors, such as storage capacity, also affect storage speed and performance.
It was revealed last year that Apple significantly reduced the speed of the SSD for the base model M2 MacBook Air by including one less SSD chip in the laptop. The 256GB MacBook Air is equipped with a single NAND chip, which reduces read speed by up to 50% and write speed by up to 30%. Previous base models of the MacBook Air had two NAND chips instead of one. Apple said in a statement that the MacBook Air has “even better” real-world performance and a “higher density” NAND chip.
Reviews of the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros praised the new chips’ high performance, even longer battery life, and upgraded ports such as HDMI 2.1 support. Thanks to the efficiency of new chips, the updated 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers the longest battery life on a Mac, up to 22 hours.