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The entry-level MacBook Pro M2 has a slower SSD

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with Apple’s M2 chip, has finally arrived in stores and also in the hands of customers. While M2 brings performance improvements over M1, it seems not to be the case when it comes to storage speed. Tests with the new MacBook Pro M2 reveal that its entry-level model has a slower SSD than the M1 model.

As reported by YouTube channels like Max Tech and Created Tech (via MacRumors), the base model of the new MacBook Pro M2, which has 256GB of storage, offers slower SSD speeds compared to the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1.

The tests were run with Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​Test, which is a benchmark application that allows users to test the performance and measure the transfer speed of any internal or external storage on a Mac. Surprisingly, instead of performing better than its predecessor, the 256GB MacBook Pro M2 degraded in terms of storage speed.

Benchmarks reveal that the SSD inside the entry-level MacBook Pro M2 model is 34% slower than the M1 model for write speed, while the read speed difference is up to 50%.

Here are the results of one of the benchmark tests conducted by YouTube channel Max Tech:

  • M1 MacBook Pro: 2900 MB/s (read speed) and 2215 MB/s (write speed)
  • MacBook Pro M2: 1446 MB/s (read speed) and 1463 MB/s (write speed)

However, the lower SSD performance doesn’t seem to affect more expensive MacBook Pro M2 models with more internal storage. Zollotech’s YouTuber Aaron Zollo shows that the 512GB MacBook Pro M2 has very similar SSD speeds to the M1 model.

What’s going on with the 256GB MacBook Pro M2?

Created Tech has removed the bottom case of the new MacBook Pro M2 with 256GB of storage to take a look at its internals. It turns out Apple actually changed something when it comes to the SSD.

The MacBook Pro M1 packs two NAND chips of 128 GB each in its 256 GB version. When a device has multiple NAND chips combined, it can achieve faster speeds in parallel. However, the MacBook Pro M2 has a single 256GB NAND chip, which is why it doesn’t reach the same SSD speeds as the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro.

It’s unclear why Apple changed the SSD in the entry-level M2 MacBook Pro model. One possible reason is that the company is trying to cut costs by using a single NAND chip instead of two. Unfortunately, M1 MacBook Pro users who plan to upgrade to the M2 model with 256GB of storage will end up losing SSD performance despite the CPU and GPU improvements.

The downgrade also raises concerns that Apple will do the same with the entry-level MacBook Air M2, which won’t hit stores until next month.

Having a slower SSD increases the time it takes to load apps and transfer files. Sure, the entry-level MacBook Pro M2’s SSD is still pretty fast, but cutting the speed by 50% from the previous model seems unfair to consumers, especially in a “Pro” machine.

Prices for the M2 MacBook Pro start at $1,299, but you can look for special offers on Amazon.

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