Until last week it was the Mac Pro and the 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display and 1024GB flash drive, the Apple computers with the fastest storage unit. Now everything has changed and it’s the new 13″ MacBook Pro Retina that rules, its new storage unit surprises .
Barefeats, classics in comparing the performance of different teams and their different components, have published a series of data that are truly brilliant. It’s all due to the new units it mounts, the Samsung SM951, and the link width of the new devices that match those of the 2013 Mac Pro.
The equipment used by Barefeats for the test was as follows:
- E2015 rMBP 13″ = ‘early 2015’ MacBook Pro 13″ (512G flash) Retina
- L2013 nMP = ‘late 2013’ Mac Pro (512G flash)
- M2014 rMBP 15″ = ‘mid 2014’ MacBook Pro 15″ (1024G flash) Retina
- M2014 rMBP 13″ = ‘mid 2014’ MacBook Pro 13″ (512G flash) Retina
- L2014 iMac 5K = ‘late 2014’ iMac 5K (1024G flash)
- L2013 rMBP 15″ = ‘late 2013’ MacBook Pro 15″ (512G flash) Retina
- L2013 rMBP 13″ = ‘late 2013’ MacBook Pro 13″ (256G flash) Retina
- M2014 mba 11″ = ‘mid 2014’ MacBook Air 11″ (128G flash)
As you can see from the graphics, the performance of the new 13″ MacBook Pro Retina improves substantially in both reading and writing tasks. In some cases it is surprising because it doubles the speed of previous models, reaching figures such as 1 504 MBs in writing (AJA System Test) or 1391 MBs in reading (AJA System Test).
Although the most interesting fact is how the performance increases with respect to the 128GB option. That is, it is true that sometimes we pull the basic configuration but not just because we have more storage is worth setting to 256GB or 512GB. Those drives are much faster than the 128GB. So even though the performance isn’t bad and many users won’t notice it, it’s worth paying a little more to upgrade to 256GB or 512GB Flash drives.
Finally, this Samsung SM951 unit is also mounted on the updated MacBook Air during the March 9 keynote.