Why the MacBook Pro M2’s smaller SSD is slower than the M1 version | TechBuzz

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According to tests carried out by Youtubers, it seems that the smaller SSD of the new MacBook Pro M2 is slower than that of the M1 model. A problem that does not affect other SSD sizes.

MacBook Pro M2 // Source : The Verge

When you buy the latest MacBook, you expect the computer to be better than the previous version, at least in some respects, but not worse. However, this is what many have observed youtubers which show that the base SSD of the MacBook Pro M2 is slower than that of the base MacBook Pro M1.

The latest MacBook Pro’s SSD is slower than before

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This is MacRumors who reports that the Youtubers Max Tech and Created Tech ran speed tests on the 256GB SSD that comes standard in the MacBook Pro M2. Using Blackmagic’s Disk Speed ​​Test software, they discovered that ” SSD read speeds are about 50% slower than the MacBook Pro M1 with 256GB of storage. Write speeds would be around 30% slower “. This gives read and write speeds that are 1450 MB/s.

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However, this is not the case with the other capacities of the storage medium. Another Youtuber tested the M2 model with 512GB of storage and found speeds similar to the M1 model. Likewise, for the 1 TB versions for which several testers did not notice anything alarming.

Why is the MacBook Pro M2 slower than the M1?

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MacRumorsgoes on to say that Max Tech disassembled a 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 to learn more. He discovered“that Apple only uses a single NAND flash storage chip“. However, the M1 version uses two 128 GB chips, which means that these two chips can work simultaneously, and therefore give better velocity performance.

Among the reasons that can be given to explain this difference, there are costs and supply constraints. This could be linked to the lockdowns in China due to Covid-19, which have led to factory closures and production delays. The problem is that this is passed on to customers, the difference between the smallest 256 GB SSD and the second smallest of 512 GB, there is still 230 euros difference.

MacBook Pro M2 – Golem
Source : Golem

For the moment, Apple has not spoken on the subject. A problem that comes a few days before the launch of the MacBook Air M2, which also has a version with a 256 GB SSD of storage and 230 euros difference with the doubled capacity.


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