M2 Pro & Max MacBook Pro SSD write speeds faster than M1

16-inch MacBook Pro

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The SSDs used in the M2 Pro and M2 Max-equipped 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro write faster than their predecessors, initial tests show.

Drive speeds are an important part of a notebook’s performance, which is especially true for Apple’s premium models. In initial benchmarks for the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, it looks like Apple has been working on adding more bandwidth in that area.

In a battery of tests conducted by Tom’s guide, the M2 Pro version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro achieved 5,293 MBps for read speed and 6,168 MBps for write speed during the Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​benchmark tool. The M2 Max edition of the same model managed very similar results with 5,319 MBps for reads, 6,402 MBps for writes.

These speeds are a big leap from the previous generation of write speeds, it says. During the same test, a MacBook Pro with a 14-inch M1 Pro manages 5,321 MBps for reading, but for writing it manages a smaller 5,377 MBps.

In fact, the new M2 models will read data from discs at the same speeds as normal, but writing will be a bit faster, so saving documents will be faster.

While the chips used for the SSD storage can affect such speeds, other elements can also make a difference. This can include the total available capacity, such as in the M2 MacBook Air, which saw a reduction in read and write speeds in the lowest stock configuration simply because Apple used fewer chips.


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