Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro M2 has slower SSD speeds than its M1 counterpart

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha June 27, 2022
Updated 2022/07/03 at 1:17 PM

SSD speeds on Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro M2 are lower than on its M1 version. It seems that the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 basic model from Apple has slower SSD speeds than the M1 model had. According to MacRumors, YouTubers Max Tech and Created Tech both tested the 256GB basic M2 model and found that the SSD’s read rates were around 50% slower than those of the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro. According to reports, write rates are about 30% slower.

Max Tech even dismantled the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro for testing and discovered that Apple is just utilising a single NAND flash storage chip. The testing was carried out using Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test programme. Two 128GB NAND chips are used in the M1 MacBook Pro, and several chips can enable better SSD speeds concurrently. Larger SSD capacity 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro models don’t seem to be affected by slower SSD speeds. Another YouTuber using a 512GB M2 model conducted testing and discovered speeds comparable to those of the M1 model, and the majority of reviewers were seeded with fast 1TB versions and reported no speed difficulties.

Benchmarks show that MacBook Pro with M2 has significantly slower SSD data  transfer speed than MacBook Pro with M1 - GIGAZINE

If SSD speeds on the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro are a concern for you, you’ll need to pony up an additional $200 for the quicker 512GB variant. However, if you’re prepared to pay that, you might want to hold up and see what the new MacBook Air has inside. The base model will cost somewhat less at $1,199, but if it has slower SSD speeds, there is a 512GB variant that costs the same at $1,499 and will likely include the two NAND chips. The M2 MacBook Air, in contrast to the M2 MacBook Pro, also receives a significant revamp, which includes new colors, a bigger display, a 1080p camera, and MagSafe charging. It’s worth waiting on the MacBook Air if you care about SSD speeds.

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