Some 2023 Mac Mini and MacBook Pro Models Have Slow SSD Performance

M2 Mac mini review

Apple recently released the new M2 Mac mini and MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets. While the new Mac models bring powerful chipsets over the previous generation, some tests have shown that some models of the new Macs have slower SSD read and write speeds compared to the previous generation.

Popular YouTuber Brandon Geekabit has revealed in his new video that the base model M2 Mac mini – which comes with 256GB of storage – is only equipped with a single 256GB storage chip. While the previous M1 Mac mini also had 256GB of storage on the base model, it featured two 128GB storage chips, allowing for better speeds thanks to parallel reading and writing.

MacRumors ran a Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​Test benchmarking app to test SSD speeds on the new Mac mini and found read and write speeds on the new models to be around 1500MB/s, -30% to 50% slower than the corresponding previous generation model. Similarly, as noted by 9to5MacThe entry-level M2 Pro MacBook Pro – which has 512GB of built-in storage – also has slower SSD speeds compared to the previous-generation M1 Pro MacBook Pro.

So if you are considering buying the new Mac mini or M2 Pro MacBook Pro, we recommend upgrading to at least 512 GB of storage on the Mac mini and 1 TB on the MacBook Pro. While the device may work well initially, a slower SSD can negatively affect file transfer speeds and overall performance over time. Apple Macs also rely on SSD space as virtual memory when physical RAM is maxed out, so that can affect overall performance in the long run.

Source(s): MacRumors, 9to5Mac

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