The next-generation MacBook Pro with the lowest price has a slower SSD that its predecessor. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is the most affordable. It runs on the Apple M2 Pro chip. It comes with a 512GB SSD. It was slower than the M1 Pro’s previous generation. This is evidenced by the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test by 9to5Mac.
It was found that the base 14 inch MacBook Pro with a512 GB SSD performed 2970 MB/s to read and 3150 at write, while the previous generation MacBook Pro with similar capacity SSD performed 4900 MB/s. The base model 2023 was 39% slower and 20% slower, respectively.
9to5Mac claims the culprit is in the memory chips. The previous generation of laptops had four 128GB chips. The M2 Pro version has two 256GB chips. They are larger than the older ones but the overall throughput is less because they use fewer channels. These issues are not present in the latest MacBook Pros with greater storage. According to Tom’s Guide, the 14-inch MacBook Pro with 2TB storage can read at 5293MB/s and write at 6168MB/s. A TB is $600 more expensive than the 512GB version.
Apple has used SSDs with fewer chip chips before. So, the MacBook Air 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Chips and 256 GB has less fast memory than the M1 version of the same machine. This was made worse by the use of one NAND chips in the mentioned cases. It was important to remember that we were talking about laptops at a lower price point. However, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is priced at least $1999 and is meant for high-demand workloads.
The reports have not been received for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 512 GB SSD and the Mac mini with the 256GB SSD. Journalists claim that Apple has yet to comment on the requests. MacRumors says that the Mac mini is equipped with one NAND chips, similar to the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new Mac mini is $100 cheaper than the previous generation.