The M2 MacBook Pro 13's SSD speed is a downgrade from the M1 variant


If you have been eyeing the new Apple MacBook Pro 13" with the M2, you might want to hold off this model. According to sources, the M2 variant has a slower SSD transfer speed than the M1 variant. But how slow are we talking here?

For reference, the difference between the two is quite significant. YouTube tech channels such as Max Tech has compared both the M2 MacBook Pro (256GB) and M1 MacBook Pro and the result reads 1446 MB/s (read speed) and 1463 MB/s (write speed) and 2900 MB/s (read speed) and 2215 MB/s (write speed) respectively.

Using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, the benchmark program shows that the M2 variant is actually 34% and 50% slower in writing and reading speed respectively. Even when using the 512GB M2 variant, it has similar SSD speeds to the M1 MacBook Pro. So what is going on?

From Created Tech's discovery, the reason why the M2 MacBook Pro is slower is that it only has a single 256GB NAND chip. For those who don't know, the more NAND chips there are, the faster the speed it can be. The M1 MacBook Pro has two 128GB NAND chips and Apple did indeed make some changes possibly because it reduces the cost.

By all means, the M2 MacBook Pro is still fast but this downgrade from the predecessor doesn't make sense. Most casual users won't be bothered by it but it matters a lot to pro content creators. Stay tuned for more trending tech news at

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