It looks like the 512GB SSD drive found in the MacBook Pro 14 (2023) isn’t as fast as the 512GB drive found in the previous model.
The release of the MacBook Pro (2023) models came as somewhat of a surprise, appearing almost out of thin air with a tightly crafted press release on Apple’s newsroom. For the most part, there was nothing too exciting with the launch, and before we knew it, the laptops were available for sale. For those in the United States, the laptops launched this week, arriving in the homes and offices of those who placed orders. Of course, the reviews started pouring in, giving us our first look at what the next generation of Apple’s top-end laptops has to offer.
For the most part, reviews have been great, with the new Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max chips receiving high praise, offering more power than its M1 predecessors. Of course, this is expected behavior, since the stars of the new laptops are the new chips. But apparently, one area where the new laptop falls flat is the read and write speeds of the SSDs, specifically, the model with 512GB of storage. According to 9to5Macthe new MacBook Pro (2023) 512GB model has slower read and write speeds than the older MacBook Pro 14 model with a 512GB SSD released in 2021.
The news outlet ran tests using the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test app, which allows users to quickly and easily measure the performance of their storage drives. In his test, he found that the M1 MacBook Pro 14 had a write speed of 3,950MB/s, while its read speed was 4,900MB/s. As for the new model MacBook Pro 14, the write speed was 3,154MB/s, the read speed was 2,973MB/s. As you can see, the performance numbers are quite different, especially when looking at the read performance numbers.
Taking things further by opening the laptop, he found that the physical memory configuration had been changed for the new model, using chips with a higher storage density than the older model that had less storage. Depend on more chips with density. In summary, the old model had four 128GB chips, while the new model relies on only two 256GB chips. Although the outlet could not confirm a second chip on an unseen part of the motherboard, it was assumed that the memory was configured that way.
While this may seem surprising, we’ve seen this in previous Apple products, such as the MacBook Pro 13 with the M2 processor having a slower SSD than its predecessor. As for how it affects the day-to-day use of most users, it probably won’t. If you’re an average consumer who buys a laptop just for working, surfing the web, and watching movies, you’ll probably never notice or know there’s a difference. But, if you’re someone who does a lot of video editing, chances are you’ll see. Of course, if this performance metric is important to you, you’ll want to buy a model with more storage to ensure an SSD with better read and write speeds.
Apple MacBook Pro (2023)
The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2023) models adopt the same external chassis that was first introduced in 2021. They offer boosted M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support, HDMI 2.1 compatibility, a notched display. and more.