Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro Features ‘Fastest SSD Ever’ in a Laptop

Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro just went on sale yesterday, and some lucky customers already have one in their hands.

Laptop Mag was able to get one of the 13-inch models, which they have already benchmarked to find out how it measures up to its competitors. The report notes that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the “fastest system in its class.”

The model they used costs $2,499 USD and comes equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus 655, and a 512GB SSD. Running a file copy test, Laptop Mag was able to verify Apple’s claims of sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s.

A BlackMagic speed test resulted in an average write speed of 2,682MB/s, which led Laptop Mag to declare the SSD in the new MacBook Pro “the fastest ever” in a laptop.

“I had to do a double take when I saw how quickly the new 13-inch MacBook Pro duplicated 4.9GB worth of data. It took 2 seconds, which comes out to a rate of 2,519 megabytes per second. That’s insane.”

The publication also conducted a variety of other tests on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark, the MacBook Pro scored a total of 18.055 on a multi-core test, outperforming other 13-inch machines from companies like Dell, Microsoft, HP, and Asus. The 15-inch model of the new MacBook Pro will show even more impressive speeds with the 6-core variant of Intel’s 8th-generation chips.

In a 4K Handbrake video encoding test, the MacBook Pro took 16 minutes and 57 seconds, which makes it about 4 minutes faster on average than its competitors.

In the graphics department, the new MacBook Pro struggled to keep up with its competition, averaging 38.8 fps when playing DiRT 3. Each laptop in its competition was able to achieve at least 2x the average fps.