Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 family take advantage of the faster PCIe storage, and according to the specification sheet, the larger of the two MacBook Pro models might actually feature the fastest storage drive as a stock component in a notebook.
15-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 SSD Specifications Claim That Write Speeds Go Above the 2.0GBps Barrier
If you recall, YouTuber Jonathon Morrison got his hands on the entry-level MacBook Pro; the one that does not feature a Touch Bar or Touch ID. According to the SSD benchmarking test, he received the following results:
- 1345MB/s sequential write
- 2000MB/s sequential read
Those are very impressive numbers, and it will be interesting to see what sort of speeds the higher-end MacBook Pro models are able to exhibit. Computerworld reports that the newest PCIe SSDs use the NVM Express (NVMe) or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification, which is a logical device interface for accessing flash storage via the PCIe bus. By using the PCIe/NVMe standard, Apple has been able to deliver higher performance in terms of read/write speeds and latency when compared to traditional SATA-based SSDs, making the laptops much faster and responsive compared to the rest of the competition.
The 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID specifications claims that it has a sequential read speed of 3.1GBps and sequential write speeds of 2.1GBps. However, the 15-inch MacBook Pro, while delivers the same read speed, is claimed to peak out at 2.2GBps sequential write speeds, thus make the PCIe-based SSD the fastest stock drive present in a notebook right now.
Naturally, these claims will be tested when the notebooks are officially available to purchase, but looking at the pricing difference between the entry-level MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro, it looks like there should be a monumental speed difference between the two SSDs
According to Jeff Janukowicz, research Vice President at IDC, he states that Apple knows its priorities when it comes to improving the overall performance of its notebooks.
“With regard to PCIe, Apple has been a pioneer when it comes to PCIe/NVMe storage. They were the first PC company to broadly adopt it across its laptop portfolio while other companies today are still just using it in a very limited portion of their PC lineup.”
Keep in mind that the base model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts from $2,399 and if you want to check out the maximum spec’d out specifications all three models, we have provided a comparison just for that purpose.