Base Model of 2016 MacBook Pro SSD Isn’t Just Super-Fast, It Is Also User Replaceable

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 31, 2016
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Unless you’re an expert at desoldering components from their mainboard, you’ll have a very difficult time removing components from the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple has designed its notebooks in such a manner that you need to be very careful about the sort of configuration you want to opt for. Once purchased, you’ll have to live with that or if you have ample funds at your disposal, make an entirely new purchase. However, when considering the base model of the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro, if you want to upgrade the storage, then you’re in luck.

Teardown Shows That 13-Inch MacBook Pro Solid State Drive Is Actually Replaceable – SSD Also Exhibits Terrific Read and Write Speeds

First, let us tell you how fast the SSD really is. Popular YouTuber Jonathan Morrison ran the storage benchmarking test, and given below are the results obtained by the SSD:

  • 1345MB/s sequential write
  • 2000MB/s sequential read

PCIe-based solid state drives are not only getting cheaper, but faster as well. With the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the base model comes with a 256GB drive instead of a 128GB one, giving you more storage freedom as a result. Additionally, the PCIe-based SSD is also upgradable, and while it can be removed by the user who possesses the right skill and the tools to do so, the process is not an easy one. According to the teardown process, in order to access the SSD, you will first have to remove the speaker module, meaning that there’s no direct access to the storage drive as it is on various Windows-powered notebooks out there.

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The teardown process also reveals that the laptop’s chassis is much more difficult to remove compared to previous models. The revelation of upgrading your SSD turned out to be a very welcoming form of news. Previously, the components came soldered to the notebook’s logic board, meaning that there was no way you will be able to upgrade them. Removing the SSD on the base model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not a walk in the park, but if you possess the right amount of skill, patience and of course the tools, you can comfortably upgrade the PCIe SSD on the notebook.

In case you were wondering, the base model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is retailing for $1,499 and comes with a dual-core Core i5 processor running at a speed of 2.00GHz, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD-based storage.

*The teardown process was done by OWC, which provides aftermarket upgrades for Apple products*

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