Apple has slowed down the SSD speed on the entry level M2 MacBook Pro
Our review of Apple’s new 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro shows that it’s a decent laptop, but we have a number of reasons why you should think twice about buying it. And now some YouTubers have discovered another reason to avoid the base model in particular: its SSD is too slow.
Created Tech and Max Tech tested the 2 1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD, the smallest capacity available, and their results show that the SSD’s reading speeds are significantly slower than its predecessor, the M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro. And that’s not a small difference: newer M2-based laptops have SSD read speeds that are 50 percent slower, while write speeds hit 30 percent.
Max Tech has unveiled the 13-inch MacBook Pro and found out why SSD performance hits: Apple is using a single 256GB NAND flash storage chip. It differs from the M1 model in that it uses a pair of 128GB chips দুটি a single chip that performs two chip read / write functions faster than doing the same thing.
However this slow performance problem just goes beyond opening and saving files. As you probably know, the Mac has unified memory, which is different from the SSD, and it is mainly used when the CPU is working. When the CPU runs out of Unified Memory, it removes items it is not using to A swapfile In SSD. The CPU will switch items back and forth between Unified Memory and SSD until it is no longer needed. If the SSD is slow, the CPU takes longer to switch and this affects the overall performance of the Mac.
Macworld and other publications that have reviewed the 13-inch MacBook Pro have models with larger SSDs and better performance. We didn’t isolate the laptop, but our results on the MacBook Pro with 1TB SSD showed better reading performance, while we found the writing functionality to be similar. Apple is probably using two 512GB chips for the 1TB SSD.
Apple has not made a public statement as to why it has decided to use only a single chip in the $ 1,299 model. If this is a cost-cutting measure, it certainly cannot be a significant one. Perhaps we have something to do with the global chip shortage we hear about, and if so, we don’t know if Apple will switch to dual 128GB chips once the supply chain opens.
Whatever the case, this development puts another damper on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you’re considering the $ 1,299 model, at the moment, it’s worth it to wait and see if the upcoming M2 MacBook Air has the same 256GB SSD implementation. And even if it does, the MacBook Air has other features that make it a better choice, such as a bigger and better display, a better FaceTime camera, and a new design – although you’ll want to upgrade the Unified Memory to avoid performance hits.