Apple’s latest M2 chip is a powerhouse, but it seems some of the other components used in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 aren’t quite up to that same standard. The $1,299 model‘s SSD is noticeably slower than the last-gen model.
Two YouTubers, Created Tech and Max Tech, ran tests of the SSD inside the new 256GB MacBook Pro. Using Blackmagic’s Disk Speed app, they both produced remarkably comparable results.
These results show an SSD read and write speed of around 1450MB/s. That’s almost 50% slower in reading and 30% slower in writing compared to the MacBook Pro M1 with 256GB of storage.
Both YouTubers came to the same conclusion about slower speeds. The 256GB MacBook Pro M2 model only uses a single NAND chip this time, compared to two chips on the M1-powered model.
This was confirmed by disassembling the MacBook Pro and seeing the second NAND chip clearly missing.
It’s worth noting that none of the other storage options on the M2-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro seem to be affected by the slowdown.
Another YouTuber found the 512GB option to have SSD speeds comparable to the M1-powered model. reviews, such as The edgewere 1TB storage options, which also showed no signs of SSD slowing down.
Again, it’s only the base 256GB model of the M2-powered MacBook Pro that has slow SSD speeds. You’ll have to shell out an extra $200 to get the faster 512GB model. Or you can wait to see what happens with the MacBook Air, which is getting its biggest redesign in years.
The supply chain issues of the past few years may have finally affected Apple. Will the base model 256GB MacBook Air also suffer from the same slow SSD speeds? We’ll have to wait to find out, as this model isn’t available until next month.
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